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Top 10 Short Novels
By El.N. | October 15, 2017

1) The Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka  took creating writing to a new stage by his work in the Metamorphosis, first published in 1915. This book is one of the best novels where literature and philosophy are gathered to reflect  most complex aspects of human’s existence.

2) Animal Farm

Animal Farm (published in 1945) by George Orwell (Eric Blair) is, if not the best, one of the very best allegorical novels published in twentieth century. This novel reflects the trend that many revolutions end up where they forget the initial goals and mission. Because of the allegorical style of the novel which is elaborately crafted within the story, it is as fresh and applicable to many societies today as it was on the time of publication.

3) The Road 

The Road by American writer Cormac McCarthy was first published in 2006. McCarthy has been awarded significant list of awards for this unique novel, including 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

4) Mortelle 

Mortelle by Christopher Frank was first published in 1972. This book was written in French and translated to many languages, however to the best of our knowledge it has not been translated to English yet.


5) Illusions

"Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah" by Richard David Bach was first published in 1977. As, in some editions of this book, back cover says it is "a great way of looking at life."

6) The Tunnel

The Tunnel (original title in Spanish: El Túnel) by Ernesto Sabato was first published in 1946. This novel implies the most complex aspects of human’s psychology within a story.

7) Where We Going, Daddy? Life with Two Sons Unlike Any Other

Jean-Louis Fournier has revealed true story of having two disabled children in “Where We Going, Daddy?”. This true story is brave and heart touching as author has not manipulated it to attract readers.

8) The Beggar

The Beggar by Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Literature Prize, is an outstanding novella on post-revolutionary crisis and lives of those who where on the first rows for change.  The story is very elaborately written that only within main character’s daily life, failure to stay committed to initial goals, being melted with life pressure and existence pain are discovered.  


9) La Folle Allure

La Folle Allure by Christian Boben (born in 1951), is one of the best short novels written in French. This wonderful French story reflects the mixture of white and black moments in life. How joy comes with pain, laughter is with tears and craziness has smartness within.

10) The Orange Girl

The Orange Girl written by well-known Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder was first published in 2003. This wonderful romance book is a story within a story, very soft and close, that took the reader within the lives of characters as reader is a member of the family.


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