The best novels of all times

in the French language

Selected by piero scaruffi
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  1. Stendhal (1783): "Le Rouge et le Noire" (1830) +++
  2. Francois Rabelais (1494): "Gargantua et Pantagruel" (1552) +++
  3. Stendhal (1783): "La Chartreuse de Parma" (1839) ++
  4. Louis-Ferdinand Celine (1894): "Voyage a Bout de la Nuit" (1932) ++
  5. Marcel Proust (1871): "A La Recherche du Temps Perdu" (1922) ++
  6. Albert Camus (1913): "L'Etranger" (1942) ++
  7. Gustave Flaubert (1821): "Madame Bovary" (1857) ++
  8. Honore' de Balzac (1799): "Le Pere Goriot" (1835) ++
  9. Emile Zola (1840): "L'Assommoir" (1877) ++
  10. Victor Hugo (1802): "Les Miserables" (1862) ++
  11. Emile Zola (1840): "Germinal" (1885) ++
  12. Andre' Gide (1869): "Les Faux-monnayeurs" (1925) ++
  13. Julien Green (1900): "Adrienne Mesurat" (1927) ++
  14. Michel Tournier (1924): "Le Roi des Aulnes" (1970) ++
  15. Albert Camus (1913): "La Peste" (1947) ++
  16. Honore' de Balzac (1799): "Le Peau De Chagrin" (1831) ++
  17. Julien Gracq (1910): "Un Beau Tenebreux" (1945) ++
  18. Honore' de Balzac (1799): "Eugenie Grandet" (1833) ++
  19. Joris Huysmans (1848): "A Rebours" (1884) ++
  20. Honore' de Balzac (1799): "Les Illusions Perdues" (1843) ++
  21. Victor Hugo (1802): "Notre-Dame de Paris" (1831) ++
  22. Georges Perec (1936): "La Vie Mode d'Emploi/ Life A User's Manual" (1978) ++
  23. Marie-Claire Blais (Canada, 1939): "Une Saison dans la Vie d'Emmanuel/ A Season in the Life of Emmanuel" (1965) +
  24. Maryse Conde (Guadeloupe, 1937): "Segu" (1985) +

Chronological

See the Chronology of French Literature