Saturday, 5 August 2006

The world's shortest novel

According to Umberto Eco, who's the sort of chap who knows this sort of thing, this, by Augusto Monterroso, is the world's shortest novel: El Dinosaurio ('The Dinosaur'). Here it is, the whole thing:
Cuando despertó, el dinosaurio todavía estaba allí.
("When he awoke, the dinosaur was still there.")
Think about it. Comments on the plot and theme will be entertained below.

TAGS: Books


  1. That's great! The perfect Friday night read while sipping Bailey's. If I forget part of the story, easy peasy to go back and check what happened. :)

  2. I wonder if that book by Bob Jones titled something like "the achievements of the Labour Party from 19... to 19... counts as it was full of blank pages ha ha

  3. The last one I heard was:

    "The last man on earth heard a knock on the door"

    But in honesty, I believe that was the shortest short-story in the world. Of course, it's been 15 years since I went on that writing course.

  4. It's a bummer if you are paid on word count.

  5. It's so hard to forget it's easy to forget, if you know what I mean. *.*
    Pretty clever idea, actually!

  6. The shortest novel ever would be written is "Achievements of Politicians to general public" - 0 words. The lengthiest novel ever to be penned would be "Evils politicians cause" (Only problem is that this novel will never get finished)

  7. I think the shortest was written by Ernest Hemingway, in 6 words

    "For sale: baby shoes, never worn."


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