A Fictionalized Betrayal

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This was my first experience of being fictionalized. I still recall the yellow-white flash of queasiness, the mortification: a sense of powerlessness and an utter lack of recourse.

What if a writer friend—or, worse, relative—of yours turned you into one of his characters, maybe in an unflattering way? Over at the Paris Review, Michelle Huneven writes about being fictionalized and taking it personally.


Guia Cortassa was born, lives, and works in Milan, Italy. After working as a Contemporary Art curator, she went back to writing. She is a contributing editor for Ondarock and her writing has appeared on Rivista Studio, Flair and the Quietus. She compulsively tweets @gcmorvern. More from this author →