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A novel is a long, fictional book, almost always divided into smaller units, or chapters. The word has the same origin as the word "novel" meaning new. Therefore, it can be said that a "new novel" is a tautology.

The first modern European novel was Don Quixote de La Mancha (1605), written in Spanish by Miguel de Cervantes.

A very short novel is sometimes called a "novella."

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