AN author who pens stories the length of a sentence has scooped this year’s Man Booker International Prize.
American writer Lydia Davis has written some short stories of conventional length, but most range from one to three pages, while others are just a paragraph or sentence long.
Davis was picked from a short list of 10 names to win the fifth Man Booker International Prize, which is presented once every two years for “achievement in fiction on the world stage”.
The STG60,000 ($A93,000) prize is awarded to a living author for a body of work published originally in English or available in translation in English.
Davis’ stories are among the shortest ever written and she has been described as “the master of a literary form largely of her own invention”.
One of her shortest stories, A Double Negative, read simply: “At a certain point in her life, she realises it is not so much that she wants to have a child as that she does not want not to have a child, or not to have had a child.”