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


Blogger Paula said...

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. :)

5 Aug 2006, 15:18:00  
Blogger leelion said...

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

5 Aug 2006, 18:54:00  
Anonymous The Spitting Llama said...

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.

5 Aug 2006, 22:25:00  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

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

6 Aug 2006, 22:00:00  
Blogger Ro-Z said...

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

12 Jun 2010, 05:51:00  
Anonymous CoolKid said...

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)

9 Jul 2010, 18:28:00  
Blogger Glynn James said...

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

"For sale: baby shoes, never worn."

14 Apr 2011, 21:05:00  

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