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20 Brilliant Novellas You Should Read

The novella is the stepchild of literary genres. It's too long for a short story and too short for a novel. Publishers look down on them because they are hard to sell. There is even confusion about what the word really means. Literally, it's Italian for a "little novelty." Originally the word was used for tales in frame stories like the Arabian Nights and Boccaccio's Decamerone. However, in its modern meaning it's a prose narrative of intermediate length. Although there is no consensus, this length ranges roughly from 20,000 to 40,000 words, or in an average publication something between 60 and 120 pages. You can finish a novella in one or two days without reading diagonally or skipping pages. Compared to a short story there is more room to develop round characters and an interesting plot. The main difference with a novel is that it centers around one main character and it has no subplots.Some of the greats of world literature have one or more novellas among their best titles.
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The Third Man
The Third Man
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Candide
Candide
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Breakfast at Tiffany's
Breakfast at Tiffany's
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At the Sign of the Cat and Racket - Honoré De Balzac (1829)
At the Sign of the Cat and Racket - Honoré De Balzac (1829)
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Three Blind Mice - Agatha Christie (1948)
Three Blind Mice - Agatha Christie (1948)
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The Royal Game
The Royal Game
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Bonjour Tristesse by Francois Sagan
Bonjour Tristesse by Francois Sagan
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Billy Budd
Billy Budd
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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson)
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson)
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The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)
The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)
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The Death of Ivan Ilych (Leo Tolstoy)
The Death of Ivan Ilych (Leo Tolstoy)
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Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men
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Ethan Frome
Ethan Frome
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The Turn of the Screw (Henry James)
The Turn of the Screw (Henry James)
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Metamorphosis
Metamorphosis
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Death in Venice
Death in Venice
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Old Man and the Sea
Old Man and the Sea
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A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
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Animal Farm
Animal Farm
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The Kreutzer Sonata - Leo Tolstoy (1889)
The Kreutzer Sonata - Leo Tolstoy (1889)
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