The aim of this project is to study the compatibility of the encyclopedie novel and the notion of hypertext. Thc encyclopedie novel, i.e. a novel that gives the reader the impression of an overall picture of human knowledge and experience, is hardly legible without the aid of several reference works. On the one hand, therefore, this project wants to work out a strategy for the hypertextual edition of twentieth-century encyclopedic novels.On the other hand, these hypertext applications should also be studied theoretically. No matter how encyclopedic a novel may be, the overall picture of human knowledge and experience is just an impression. lf a more sophisticated medium manages to make the impression more 'real', this only proves the increased refinement of the illusion.