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World's Longest Novel Keeps Getting Longer
New edition of Mark Leach's "Marienbad My Love" tops 12.6 million words; also sets records for longest word, sentence and book title
Leach has been making a run at the record books with his still-growing story of a Christ-haunted filmmaker who believes he is called on by God to bring about the end of the world by producing a science fiction-themed pastiche of the 1961 French New Wave classic, “Last Year at Marienbad.”
“If you’re going to destroy the world, you really ought to do it big,” Leach said. “When I released the first edition of "Marienbad My Love" in March, the original length of 2.5 million words seemed plenty long for a 21st century Apocalypse. But the ideas kept coming, and the story kept growing. Now I feel like I'm just getting warmed up.”
“Marienbad My Love” is a massive work by almost any measure. It dwarfs Marcel Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time,” a 1.5-million-
Leach also claims that "Marienbad My Love" includes:
* the world's longest word. Also called "the holy Jah," the 4.4-million-
* the world's longest sentence (3 million words).
* the world's longest book title (6,700 words).
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About "Marienbad My Love"
"Marienbad My Love" by Mark Leach is a love story for the end of the world. The novel features a protagonist who attempts to film a science-fiction-