Short novel

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October 28, 2021

Short novel, noveleta, novelette or nouvelle [1] is a narrative of less length than that of a novel, although without the economy of narrative resources typical of the story. Publishers and literary societies commonly describe the novella as a short story between 17,000 and 40,000 words. [2] [3] [4]

Origin

The antecedent of the short novel is the medieval short story. [5] Julio Cortázar defined it as a "genre halfway between the story and the novel". [6] In Spanish, in its beginnings, the word novel began to be used in the Italian sense, novella, with the meaning of a shorter story than the romanzo, in French roman, equivalent to the current novel in Spanish. This is how Miguel de Cervantes used it in his Exemplary Novels, a compilation of short novels. For a longer narrative the term book was used. However, over time the word novel came to designate all the stories longer than the story, for which it became necessary to distinguish between novel and short novel.

Short novel vs. novella

The term noveleta is a term used in magazines and in everyday life for decades, [7] [8] although it is not included in the Dictionary of the Spanish language. There is also a tendency to consider the noveleta an even shorter type of novella, [9] [10] placing it according to whose criterion between 7,500 and 15,000 words.

Examples of short novels

Examples of short novels are: The metamorphosis of Franz Kafka George Orwell's Farm Rebellion The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo The Stranger by Albert Camus The persecutor of Julio Cortázar The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde Mario Vargas Llosa's puppies The perjury of the snow by Adolfo Bioy Casares William Faulkner's Bear 1922 by Stephen King The well of Juan Carlos Onetti Thomas Pynchon's Lot 49 Auction The incredible and sad story of the candid Eréndira and her heartless grandmother by Gabriel García Márquez The lawyer Vidriera by Miguel de Cervantes Breakfast at Truman Capote's Tiffany's.

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