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The 100 Best Books of All Time

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Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe 1958 Nigeria English
Fairy tales Hans Christian Andersen 1835–37 Denmark Danish
The Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri 1265–1321 Florence Italian
Epic of Gilgamesh Anonymous 18th – 17th century BCE Sumer and Akkadian Empire Akkadian
Book of Job Anonymous 6th – 4th century BCE Achaemenid Empire Hebrew
One Thousand and One Nights Anonymous 700–1500 India/Iran/Iraq/Egypt Arabic
Njál's Saga Anonymous 13th century Iceland Old Norse
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen 1813 United Kingdom English
Le Père Goriot Honoré de Balzac 1835 France French
MolloyMalone DiesThe Unnamable, a trilogy Samuel Beckett 1951–53 Republic of Ireland FrenchEnglish
The Decameron Giovanni Boccaccio 1349–53 Ravenna Italian
Ficciones Jorge Luis Borges 1944–86 Argentina Spanish
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë 1847 United Kingdom English
The Stranger Albert Camus 1942 AlgeriaFrench Empire French
Poems Paul Celan 1952 RomaniaFrance German
Journey to the End of the Night Louis-Ferdinand Céline 1932 France French
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes 1605 (part 1), 1615 (part 2) Spain Spanish
The Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer 14th century England English
Stories Anton Chekhov 1886 Russia Russian
Nostromo Joseph Conrad 1904 United Kingdom English
Great Expectations Charles Dickens 1861 United Kingdom English
Jacques the Fatalist Denis Diderot 1796 France French
Berlin Alexanderplatz Alfred Döblin 1929 Germany German
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky 1866 Russia Russian
The Idiot Fyodor Dostoevsky 1869 Russia Russian
The Possessed Fyodor Dostoevsky 1872 Russia Russian
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoevsky 1880 Russia Russian
Middlemarch George Eliot 1871 United Kingdom English
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison 1952 United States English
Medea Euripides 431 BCE Athens Classical Greek
Absalom, Absalom! William Faulkner 1936 United States English
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner 1929 United States English
Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert 1857 France French
Sentimental Education Gustave Flaubert 1869 France French
Gypsy Ballads Federico García Lorca 1928 Spain Spanish
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez 1967 Colombia Spanish
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel García Márquez 1985 Colombia Spanish
Faust Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1832 Saxe-Weimar German
Dead Souls Nikolai Gogol 1842 Russia Russian
The Tin Drum Günter Grass 1959 Germany German
The Devil to Pay in the Backlands João Guimarães Rosa 1956 Brazil Portuguese
Hunger Knut Hamsun 1890 Norway Norwegian
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway 1952 United States English
Iliad Homer 850–750 BCE Possibly Smyrna Classical Greek
Odyssey Homer 8th century BCE Possibly Smyrna Classical Greek
A Doll's House Henrik Ibsen 1879 Norway Norwegian
Ulysses James Joyce 1922 Irish Free State English
Stories Franz Kafka 1924 Austria German
The Trial Franz Kafka 1925 Austria German
The Castle Franz Kafka 1926 Austria German
Shakuntala Kālidāsa 1st century BCE – 4th century CE India Sanskrit
The Sound of the Mountain Yasunari Kawabata 1954 Japan Japanese
Zorba the Greek Nikos Kazantzakis 1946 Greece Greek
Sons and Lovers D. H. Lawrence 1913 United Kingdom English
Independent People Halldór Laxness 1934–35 Iceland Icelandic
Poems Giacomo Leopardi 1818 Italy Italian
The Golden Notebook Doris Lessing 1962 United Kingdom English
Pippi Longstocking Astrid Lindgren 1945 Sweden Swedish
A Madman's Diary Lu Xun 1918 China Chinese
Children of Gebelawi Naguib Mahfouz 1959 Egypt Arabic
Buddenbrooks Thomas Mann 1901 Germany German
The Magic Mountain Thomas Mann 1924 Germany German
Moby-Dick Herman Melville 1851 United States English
Essays Michel de Montaigne 1595 France French
History Elsa Morante 1974 Italy Italian
Beloved Toni Morrison 1987 United States English
The Tale of Genji Murasaki Shikibu 11th century Japan Japanese
The Man Without Qualities Robert Musil 1930–32 Austria German
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov 1955 Russia/United States English
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell 1949 United Kingdom English
Metamorphoses Ovid 1st century CE Roman Empire Classical Latin
The Book of Disquiet Fernando Pessoa 1928 Portugal Portuguese
Tales Edgar Allan Poe 19th century United States English
In Search of Lost Time Marcel Proust 1913–27 France French
The Life of Gargantua and of Pantagruel François Rabelais 1532–34 France French
Pedro Páramo Juan Rulfo 1955 Mexico Spanish
Masnavi Rumi 1258–73 PersiaMongol Empire Persian
Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie 1981 United KingdomIndia English
Bostan Saadi 1257 PersiaMongol Empire Persian
Season of Migration to the North Tayeb Salih 1966 Sudan Arabic
Blindness José Saramago 1995 Portugal Portuguese
Hamlet William Shakespeare 1603 England English
King Lear William Shakespeare 1608 England English
Othello William Shakespeare 1609 England English
Oedipus the King Sophocles 430 BCE Athens Classical Greek
The Red and the Black Stendhal 1830 France French
Tristram Shandy Laurence Sterne 1760 England English
Confessions of Zeno Italo Svevo 1923 Italy Italian
Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift 1726 Ireland English
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy 1865–1869 Russia Russian
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy 1877 Russia Russian
The Death of Ivan Ilyich Leo Tolstoy 1886 Russia Russian
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain 1884 United States English
Ramayana Valmiki 3rd century BCE – 3rd century CE India Sanskrit
Aeneid Virgil 29–19 BCE Roman Empire Classical Latin
Mahabharata Vyasa 4th century BCE – 4th century CE India Sanskrit
Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman 1855 United States English
Mrs Dalloway Virginia Woolf 1925 United Kingdom English
To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf 1927 United Kingdom English
Memoirs of Hadrian Marguerite Yourcenar 1951 France French

 

 

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