Darvasi László: The Shortest Story (A legrövidebb novella in English)
A legrövidebb novella (Hungarian)
А Csin Akadémia а Patkány Évében megjelentetett irodalmi antológiájában található egy publikáció, amely А legrövidebb novella címet viseli. Az írás teljes terjedelmében így hangzik:
The Shortest Story (English)
In the literary anthology published by the Chin Academy in the Year of the Rat, there is а piece entitled The Shortest Story, which goes as follows:
The learned members of the Chin Academy amended the following footnotes to the piece:
l. "Not clever enough by half. And since we're on the subject, shouldn't the word ’I’ have been chosen for the text of the shortest story in the world?"
2. Comment on the first comment: "You are wrong, Sir. The word ’I’ is not а novel, it is а poem. Poetry. Even the freshmen of the Academy know that."
3. "Gentlemen! Kindly accept the existence of а story that may justifiably be called the shortest story in the world. The question is, has it been written?"
4. "Honored Colleagues! For the sake of argument, let us suppose that the story entitled The Shortest Story is in fact the shortest story. The question is whether what the text posits is true or not. Kindly take my own version into consideration:
(Title:) ’The Shortest Story’
(Text:) ’Always the other one dies.’"