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non-fiction

noun [U] uk   /ˌnɒnˈfɪk.ʃən/ us    /ˌnɑːn-/
writing that is about real events and facts, rather than stories that have been invented
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Translations of “non-fiction”
in Spanish literatura no novelesca, no ficción…
in Korean 논픽션…
in Arabic غَير قَصصي…
in Portuguese literatura de não ficção…
in French ouvrages généraux…
in German Sachbücher (pl.)…
in Catalan literatura que no és de ficció…
in Japanese ノンフィクション…
in Italian saggistica…
in Chinese (Traditional) 記實文學,寫實文學…
in Chinese (Simplified) 记实文学,写实文学…
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