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I've always called it "nonlinear multi-perspective". Rashomon is probably the best known example of this structure in storytelling. It's a movie based on Ryunosuke Akutagawa's short story "In a Grove" (the movie's title is from another of Akutagawa's stories). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_a_Grove http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ry%C5%ABnosuke_Akutagawa ...


I don't know any one word that encompasses both. But if a narrative is not chronological, it's anachronic, and if it follows multiple characters, it's heterodiegetic. So maybe heterodiegetic anachrony is the term you're looking for. Source: GĂ©rard Genette, Narrative Discourse: An Essay in Method, trans. by Jane Lewin (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, ...

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