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What is the shortest novel ever written?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    According to whom?

    According to writer Umberto Eco, the world's shortest novel is the Italian "El Dinosaurio" ("The Dinosaur") by Augusto Monterroso.

    "Cuando despertó, el dinosaurio todavía estaba allí."

    ("When he awoke, the dinosaur was still there.")

    Here's another shorty:

    You'll find several other claims if you investigate the links here:


    Addendum to Cathrl: While your effort is admirable : ) under the time constraints, there seems to be a small problem with sentence structure. Would you like me to edit that for you?

  • 6 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I agree it's unanswerable. There comes a point when book publishers, who are the rightful arbiters of such matters, decide a book is too short to be considered a novel and is really a novella or even a novelette.

    The shortest recent novel intended for adult readers that comes to mind is The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, which is about 49,000 words. At some publishing houses, that would be considered a novella.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

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    I primarily write and publish short stories, so it's kind of the opposite for me - I work on my novel between short stories, and I know that my novel is nowhere near publishable at the moment. Short stories have to utilize every word to its full potential - when I write short stories, I spend a lot of time and energy making sure every unnecessary word is pruned, and every necessary word conveys what I want it to. It's hard work. So novels, being such a long-form medium, let me kind of go wild and ramble and go off on tangents, and that's a welcome break for me. I have yet to completely finish a novel - including revisions, editing, and general quality control. I guess I'm more of a short story person.

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  • 7 years ago

    This is the shortest, sadist six-word novel you’ll ever read.

    For sale.

    Baby shoes.

    Never worn.

    Now tell me that’s not the shortest, sadist, six-word novel ever?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    That's an unanswerable question, because it depends purely on what you decide to call a novel.

    Here is my novel called "Me".


    There you go, I've written a one character novel.

    Edit: Thanks Tequila - it was a sentence fragment. If it has to be a complete sentence, I'll have to expand to three characters, five if you count spaces and punctuation:

    I am.


  • 7 years ago

    Stop me if you've heard this.

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