The Best Novels of the 21st Century

Selected by piero scaruffi

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(Only one novel per writer, in chronological order)
(Continued from The best novels of the 20th century)



Margaret Atwood (Canada, 1939): "The Blind Assassin" (2000)
Zadie Smith (Britain, 1975): "White Teeth" (2000)
Jeroen Brouwers (Holland, 1940): "Geheime Kamers" (2000)
Leonard Oprea (Romania, 1953): "Cele Noua Invataturi ale lui Theophil Magus despre Magia Transilvana/ The Nine Teachings Of Theophil Magus On Transylvanian Magic" (2000)
Ian McEwan (Britain, 1948): "Atonement" (2001)
Tahar Ben Jelloun (1944): "Cette Aveuglante Absence de Lumiere/ This Blinding Absence of Light" (2001)
Lars-Saabye Christensen (Norway, 1953): "Halvbroren/ The Half Brother" (2001)
Lyudmila Ulitskaya (Russia, 1946): "The Kukotsky Case" (2001)
Yann Martel (Canada, 1963): "Life of Pi" (2002)
Elena Ferrante (1943?): "I Giorni dell'Abbandono/ The Days of Abandonment" (2002)
Mai Jia/ Jiang Benhu (China, 1964): "Jiemi/ Decoded" (2002)
Zyranna Zateli (1951): "With the Strange Name of Ramanthis Erevus Death Arrived Last" (2002)
Jhumpa Lahiri (USA, 1967): "The Namesake" (2003)
Roberto Bolano (Chile, 1953): "2666" (2003)
Jeffrey Eugenides (USA, 1960): "Middlesex" (2003)
David Mitchell (Britain, 1969): "Cloud Atlas" (2004)
Edward Jones (USA, 1950): "The Known World" (2004)
Marilynne Robinson (USA, 1943): "Gilead" (2004)
Michel Houellebecq (1958): "Les Particules Elementaires/ Elementary Particles" (2004)
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2006?
Javier Marias (Spain, 1951): "Tu Rostro Manana/ Your Face Tomorrow" (2007)
Han Kang (Korea, 1970): "The Vegetarian" (2007)
Paolo Giordano (1982): "La Solitudine dei Numeri Primi" (2008)
Ludmilla Petrushevskaya (Russia, 1938): "There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby" (2009)
Maylis de Kerangal (1967): "Naissance d'un Pont Birth of a Bridge" (2010)
Karl-Ove Knausgard (Norway, 1968): "Min Kamp/ My Struggle" (2011)
Jennifer Egan (USA, 1952): "A Visit from the Goon Squad" (2011)
Juan Vasquez (Colombia, 1973): "El Ruido de las Cosas al Caer/ The Sound of Things Falling" (2011)
Louise Erdrich (USA, 1954): "The Round House" (2012)
Donna Tartt (USA, 1964): "The Goldfinch" (2013)
Kamel Daoud (1970): "Meursault contre-enquete/ The Meursault Investigation" (2013)
Rafael Chirbes (Spain, 1949): "En la Orilla/ On the Edge" (2013)