Saturday, August 05, 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. :)

8/05/2006 03:18:00 pm  
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

8/05/2006 06:54:00 pm  
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.

8/05/2006 10:25:00 pm  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

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

8/06/2006 10:00:00 pm  
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!

6/12/2010 05:51:00 am  
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)

7/09/2010 06:28:00 pm  
Blogger Glynn James said...

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

"For sale: baby shoes, never worn."

4/14/2011 09:05:00 pm  

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