Random Literary Bleg Of the Day

Being in need, it appears, of having my heart broken, I just read (for the first time, shocklingly) V. S. Naipaul’s classic, A House For Mr. Biswas. And in talking with a friend about the novel, I realized that I didn’t know the technical term for the form of a fictional narrative that traces the entire life of the principal character, of which Biswas is a sterling example. Anyone out there able to enlighten me? Anyone? Alan?