Best Novels

(since 1850 and only one per writer)

selected by piero scaruffi


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(The lists by language are more reliable ==>)
(Yes, some day i will merge them all together and update this page
and here is the merge for novels of the 20th century)
  1. Kafka, Franz: The Trial (1915)
  2. Bulgakov, Mikhail: The Master and Margherita (1940)
  3. Witkiewicz, Stanislaw: Insatiability
  4. Mann, Thomas: Buddenbrooks (1901)
  5. James, Henry: The Golden Bowl
  6. Bronte, Emily: Wuthering Heights
  7. Nabokov, Vladimir: Ada
  8. Pynchon, Thomas: V
  9. Gogol, Nikolaj: Dead Souls (1852)
  10. Faulkner, William: Light in August
  11. Stendhal: The Red and the Black (1830)
  12. Dostoevskij, Fyodor: The Idiot (1869)
  13. Joyce, James: Ulysses
  14. Musil: The Man Without Qualities(1933)
  15. Woolf, Virginia: To the Lighthouse
  16. Conrad, Joseph: Nostromo
  17. Gombrowicz: Pornography (1960)
  18. Tolstoy, Lev: War and Peace
  19. Celine: Journey to the End of the Night (1932)
  20. GarciaMarquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967)
  21. Zola, Emile: Germinal (1885)
  22. Canetti: Autodafe (1935)
  23. Balzac, Honore: Eugene Grandet (1833)
  24. Jose, Saramago: The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis (1984)
  25. PerezGaldos, Benito: Nazarin (1895)
  26. Svevo, Italo: Coscienza di Zeno (1923)
  27. Goncarov, Ivan: Oblomov (1859)
  28. Carpentier, Alejo: "Lost Steps" (1953)
  29. Flaubert, Gustave: Madame Bovary (1856)
  30. Gaddis, William: The Recognitions
  31. Kundera, Milan: The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1985)
  32. Pavese, Cesare: Luna e i falo' (1950)
  33. Krasznahorkai, Laszlo: Satantango (1985)
  34. Cortazar, Julio: Rayuela (1963)
  35. Abe Kobo: Woman in the Dunes (1962)
  36. VargasLlosa, Mario: Casa Verde (1966)
  37. Gide: Les Faux-Monnayeurs (1925)
  38. Gadda: Cognizione del Dolore (1963)
  39. Barth, John: Giles Goat Boy
  40. Buzzati, Dino: Deserto dei tartari (1940)
  41. Camus: "The Stranger" (1942)
  42. Kis, Danilo: Clessidra (1972)
  43. Unamuno, Miguel: Nebla (1914)
  44. Singer, Isaac: Moskat Family (1950)
  45. Oe, Kenzaburo: Silent Cry (1967)
  46. Schnitzler, Arthur: Traumnovelle/ Dream Story (1925)
  47. Lem: Solaris (1961)
    Peter Nadas (1942): "Emlekiratok Konyve/ Book of Memoirs" (1986)
  48. Melville: "Moby Dick" (1851)
  49. Marcel Proust: "A La Recherche du Temps Perdu" (1922)
  50. Rushdie: "Midnight's Children" (1980)
  51. Bellow, Saul: "Herzog" (1964)
  52. Pavic, Milroad: "The Dictionary of the Khazars" (1984)
  53. Lessing, Doris: "The Golden Notebook" (1962)
  54. Hrabal, Bohumil: "Prilis Hlucna Samota/ Too Loud a Solitude (1976)

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