Perhaps this is against the canons of literary construction but, is there a name for the style of tales, novels, and books which do not contain names for any of the characters?

I can only think of Monterroso's microstory The dinosaur:

Cuando despertó, el dinosaurio todavía estaba allí.

But I wonder if there are longer literary works with such construction. I would also be interested if this way of constructing characters has a known school or if it's an isolated way of writing and appears only from time to time. (For school I mean e.g. the stream of consciousness which was used by Faulkner, Joyce, among others.)

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    I expect there are many in the science fiction genre: Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon is one that immediately comes to mind. May 28 '19 at 15:54
  • As it stands, this seems a bit like a request for lists/recommendations, which is off-topic here. I suggest two possible ways you could edit to make it clearly on-topic: (1) if you remember a particular story like this which you'd like to identify, make this a story-identification question; (2) if you're interested in this genre/style of writing in general, then ask about the name of this type of story and tag it terminology (a good answer would either give examples or point you to a resource that does).
    – Rand al'Thor
    May 28 '19 at 15:56
  • Eden by Stanisław Lem is another. May 28 '19 at 16:14
  • It is not for book recommendation. Thanks for the terminology tag, I didn't know where to properly set my question. See the added edits. May 28 '19 at 17:50
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    Asking if there's a name for this approach/construction is certainly on-topic, even if the likely answer might be "there's no specific name for it, because it's so rarely used". In any case, to avoid your post being closed, I'd edit it to remove the sentence "But I wonder..." and change "I can only think of" to "An example is", as the existing wording encourages users to post further examples, which is definitely off-topic. And I can't resist adding an obvious one: The Unnameable by Samual Beckett. May 29 '19 at 11:46

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