Best Works of Literature (after 1992)

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1992:
Daniela Hodrova (Czech, 1946): "Theta/ Masks" (1992)
Jiri Kratochvil (Czech, 1940): "Uprostred Noci Zpev/ Singing in the Middle of the Night" (1992)
Michal Viewegh (1962): "Bajecna Leta Pod Psa/ The Blissful Years of Lousy Living" (1992)
Luis Goytisolo (Spain, 1935): "Estatua con Palomas" (1992)
Mia Couto (Mozambique, 1955): "Terra Sonambula/ Sleepwalking Land" (1992)
Rui-Manuel-Pinto-Barbot-Costa "Mario Claudio" (Portugal, 1941): "Tocata para Dois Clarins" (1992)
Sissel Lie (Norway, 1942): "Reise Gjennom Brent Sukker/ Journey Through Burnt Sugar" (1992)
Mati Unt (Estonia, 1944): "Huvasti Kollane Kass/ Hello Yellow Cat" (1992)
Cormac McCarthy (USA, 1933): "All the Pretty Horses" (1992)
Zulfikar Ghose (India, 1935): "The Triple Mirror of the Self" (1992)
Edna-Annie Proulx (USA, 1935): "Postcards" (1992)
Janette-Turner Hospital (Australia, 1942): "The Last Magician" (1992)
Michael Ondaatje (Canada, 1943): "The English Patient" (1992)
Fatos Kongoli (Albania, 1944): "I Humburi/ Loser" (1992)
Dubravka Ugresic (Croatia, 1949): "Stefica Cvek u Raljama Zivota/ Steffie Speck in the Jaws of Life" (1992)
1993:
Juan Marse (Spain, 1933): "El Embrujo de Shangai" (1993)
Cesar Aira (Argentina, 1949): "Como me Hice Monja/ How I Became a Nun" (1993)
Amin Maalouf (1949): "Le Rocher de Tanios" (1993)
Yoko Tawada (1960): "Inu Muko Iri/ The Bridegroom Was a Dog" (1993)
Andrzej Zaniewski (Poland, 1940): "Szczur/ Rat" (1993)
Peer Hultberg (Denmark, 1935): "Byen Og Verden/ The City and the World" (1993)
Zoran Zivkovic (Serbia, 1948): "Cetvrti Krug/ The Fourth Circle" (1993)
Justin Cartwright (South Africa, 1943): "Masai Dreaming" (1993)
Radoslav Petkovic (Serbia, 1953): "Sudbina i Komentari/ Destiny and Comments" (1993)
Edna-Annie Proulx (USA, 1935): "Shipping News" (1993)
Carol Shields (USA, 1935): "Stone Diaries" (1993)
Bharati Mukherjee (India, 1940): "The Holder of the World" (1993)
Vikram Seth (India, 1952): "A Suitable Boy" (1993)
Jawad Mojabi (1939): "Mumiaii/ Mummified" (1993)
Kerstin Ekman (Sweden, 1933): "Haendelser Vid Vatten/ Blackwater" (1993)
Jan Kjaerstad (Norway, 1953): "Forforeren/ Seducer" (1993)
Einar-Mar Gudmundsson (Iceland, 1954): "Englar Alheimsins/ Angels of the Universe" (1993)
Roddy Doyle (Ireland, 1958): "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha" (1993)
Slobodan Selenic (Serbia, 1933): "Ubitsvo s Predumisljajem/ Premeditated Murder" (1993)
1994:
Antonio Tabucchi (1943): "Sostiene Pereira" (1994)
Vasily Aksjonov or Aksenov (Russia, 1932): "Moskovskaja Saga/ Generations of Winter" (1994)
Almudena Grandes (Spain, 1960): "Malena es un Nombre de Tango" (1994)
Liudmila Petrushevskaia (Russia, 1938): "The Time: Night" (1994)
William Trevor (Ireland, 1928): "Felicia's Journey" (1994)
Paul Auster (USA, 1947): "Mr Vertigo" (1994)
Kjartan Flogstad (Norway, 1944): "Fimbul" (1994)
Mario-Costa-Martins de Carvalho (Portugal, 1944): "Um Deus Passeando Pela Brisa da Tarde" (1994)
Jachym Topol (Czech, 1962): "Sestra/ Sister" (1994)
Gary Indiana (USA, 1950): "Rent Boy" (1994)
Bjorg Vik (Norway, 1935): "Elsie Lund" (1994)
Ene Mihkelson (Estonia, 1944): "Nime Vaev/ The Torment of the Name" (1994)
Dag Solstad (Norway, 1941): "Genanse Og Verdighet/ Shyness and Dignity" (1994)
Vidosav Stevanovic (Serbia, 1942): "Sneg u Atini/ Snow and Dogs" (1994)
Herta Mueller (1953): "Herztier/ Hearteater/ The Land of Green Plums" (1994)
Maimu Berg (Estonia, 1945): "Ma Armastasin Venelast/ I Loved a Russian" (1994)
1995:
Winfried Georg Sebald (1944): "Die Ringe des Saturn" (1995)
Assia Djebar (1936): "Vaste Est la Prison" (1995)
Jose Saramago (Portugal, 1922): "Ensaio sobre a Cegueira/ Blindness" (1995)
Andrei Makine (1957): "Le Testament Francais" (1995)
Jon Fosse (Norway, 1959): "Melancholia I" (1995)
Kazuo Ishiguro (Britain, 1954): "The Unconsoled" (1995)
Lyudmila Ulitskaya (Russia, 1946): "Sonechka/ Little Sonya" (1995)
Kornel Hamvai (Hungary, 1969): "Marton Partjelzo Fazik" (1995)
Jose-Maria Guelbenzu (Spain, 1944): "El Sentimiento" (1995)
Teolinda Gersao (Portugal, 1940): "A Casa Da Cabeca De Cavalo" (1995)
Juan-Manuel de Prada (Spain, 1970): "Conos" (1995)
Annika Idstroem (Finland, 1947): "Pelon Maantiede/ The Geography of Fear" (1995)
Tonu Onnepalu "Emil Tode" (Estonia, 1962): "Hind/ Price" (1995)
1996:
Alessandro Baricco (1958): "Seta " (1996)
Olga Tokarczuk (Poland, 1962): "Prawiek i Inne Czasy/ Primeval and Other Times" (1996)
Alvaro Enrigue (Mexico, 1969): "La Muerte de un Instalador/ Death of an Installation Artist" (1996)
Nikos Bakolas (Greece, 1927): "I Atelioti Grafi Tou Ematos/ Endlessly Written in Blood" (1996)
Reza Ghasemi (1949): "Hamnavayi Shabaneye Orchestre Chubha/ Nocturnal Harmony of Wood Instructions" (1996)
Margaret Atwood (Canada, 1939): "Alias Grace" (1996)
Mircea Nedelciu (Romania, 1950): "Tratament Fabulatoriu/ "Confambulatory Treatment" (1996)
Mo Yan (China, 1955): "Big Breasts and Wide Hips" (1996)
Richard Ford (USA, 1944): "Independence Day" (1996)
Erlend Loe (Norway, 1969): "Naiv Super" (1996)
Peter Esterhazy (Hungary, 1950): "Egy No/ She Loves me" (1996)
Ivan Klima (1931): "Posledni Stupen Duvernosti/ The Ultimate Intimacy" (1997)
Paavo Rintala (Finland, 1930): "Faustus" (1996)
Sara Lidman (Sweden, 1923): "Lifsens Rot/ The Root of Life" (1996)
Elsie Johansson (Sweden, 1931): "Glasfaglarna/ The Glass Birds" (1996)
Manuel-Jorge Marmelo (Portugal, 1971): "O Homem que Julgou Morrer de Amor" (1996)
Rosa Liksom (Finland, 1958): "Kreisland" (1996)
Bruce Sterling (USA, 1954): "Holy Fire" (1996)
Viktor Pelevin (Russia, 1962): "Chapayev i Pustota/ Buddha's Little Finger/ Clay Machine-Gun" (1996)
1997
Pal Zavada (Hungary, 1954): "Jadviga Parnaja/ Jadviga's Pillow" (1997)
Arundhati Roy (India, 1961): "God of Small Things" (1997)
Ratko Adamovic (Serbia, 1942): "Besmrtni Kaleb/ The Immortal Kaleb" (1997)
Antonio Lobo-Antunes (Portugal, 1942): "O Esplendor de Portugal" (1997)
Leena Krohn (Finland, 1947): "Matemaattisia Olioita Tai Jaettuja Unia/ Mathematical Beings or Shared Dreams" (1997)
Vangelis Raptopoulos (Greece, 1959): "Loula" (1997)
Elfriede Jelinek (1946): "Die Kinder der Toten" (1997)
1998
Lidia Jorge (Portugal, 1946): "O Vale da Paixao" (1998)
Penelope Fitzgerald (Britain, 1916): "The Blue Flower" (1998)
Cormac McCarthy (USA, 1933): "The Border Trilogy" (1998)
Ian McEwan (Britain, 1948): "Amsterdam" (1998)
Ingo Schulze (1962): "Simple Storys" (1998)
Xiaobin Xu (China, 1953): "Feathered Serpent" (1998)
Jose Rentes de Carvalho (Portugal, 1930): "Ernestina" (1998)
Rodrigo Fresan (Argentina, 1963): "La Velocidad de las Cosas" (1998)
Luis Carmelo (Portugal, 1954): "A Falha" (1998)
Kjartan Flogstad (Norway, 1944): "Kron Og Mynt/ Heads and Tails" (1998)
Alice McDermott (USA, 1953): "Charming Billy" (1998)
Besnik Mustafaj (Albania, 1958): "Boshi/ The Void" (1998)
Dragan Velikic (Serbia, 1953): "Danteov Trg/ Dante's Square" (1998)
Pirjo Hassinen (Finland, 1957): "Viimeinen syli/ The Last Embrace" (1998)
Eeva Park (Estonia, 1950): "Naeru Opilane/ A Student of Laughter" (1998)
1999
Antonio Skarmenta (Chile, 1940): "La Boda del Poeta" (1999)
Per-Olov Enquist (Sweden, 1934): "Livlakarens Besok/ The Royal Physician's Visit" (1999)
Luis-Mateo Diez (Spain, 1942): "La Ruina del Cielo" (1999)
Kerstin Ekman (Sweden, 1933): "Guds Barmhaertighet/ God's Mercy" (1999)
Selim Ileri (1949): "Solmaz Hanim Kimsesiz Okurlar Icin" (1999)
Rhea Galanaki (Greece, 1947): "Eleni io Kanenas/ Eleni or Nobody" (1999)
Amelie Nothomb (Belgium, 1966): "Stupeur et tremblements/ Fear and Trembling" (1999)
Ersi Sotiropoulos (Greece, 1953): "Zig-Zag stis Nerantzies/ Bitter Oranges" (1999)
Jose-Leon Machado (Portugal, 1965): "O Guerreiro Decapitado" (1999)
Jin Xuefei/ Ha Jin (China, 1956): "Waiting" (1999)
Inger Edelfeldt (Sweden, 1956): "Det Hemliga Namnet/ The Secret Name" (1999)
Viktor Pelevin (Russia, 1962): "Generation P/ Babylon Homo Zapiens (1999)
2000
Margaret Atwood (Canada, 1939): "The Blind Assassin" (2000)
Tatyana Tolstaya (Russia, 1951): "Kys/ Slynx" (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)
Goran Petrovic (Serbia, 1961): ""Sitnicarnica kod Srecne Ruke/ Trifle-shop Lucky hand" (2000)
Liliana Bodoc (Argentina, 1958): "Los Dias del Venado" (2000)
Svetislav Basara (Serbia, 1953): "Kratkodnevica/ Winter Solstice" (2000)
Mda Zakes (South Africa, 1948): "The Heart Of Redness" (2000)
Elvira Dones (Albania, 1960): "Yjet nuk Vishen Keshtu / Stars do not Disrobe Like That/ Sole Bruciato" (2000)
Elif Shafak (1971): "Sehrin Aynalan/ Mirrors of the City" (2000)
Drago Jancar (Slovenia, 1948): "Katarina pav in Jezuit/ Katerina the Peacock and the Jesuit" (2000)
Jeroen Brouwers (1940): "Geheime Kamers" (2000)
Soti Triantafillou (Greece, 1957): "To Ergostasio Ton Molivion/ Pencil Factory" (2000)
Michael Chabon (USA, 1963): "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" (2000)
Zadie Smith (Britain, 1975): "White Teeth" (2000)
Luisa Monteiro (Portugal, 1968): "Casa das Areias" (2000)
Aris Fioretos (1960): "Stockholm Noir" (2000)
Andrus Kivirahk (Estonia, 1970): "Rehepapp/ Old Barny" (2000)
2001
Ian McEwan (Britain, 1948): "Atonement" (2001) ++
Lyudmila Ulitskaya (Russia, 1946): "Kazus Kukotskovo/ The Kukotsky Case" (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)
Marie NDiaye (1967): "Rosie Carpe" (2001)
Javier Cercas (Spain, 1962): "Soldados de Salamina" (2001)
Ali Smith (Britain, 1962): "Hotel World" (2001)
Vigdis Hjorth (Norway, 1959): "Om Bare/ If Only" (2001)
Jonathan Franzen (USA, 1959): "The Corrections" (2001)
Neil Gaiman (Britain, 1960): "American Gods" (2001)
Winfried Georg Sebald (1944): "Austerlitz" (2001)
2002:
Elena Ferrante (1943?): "I Giorni dell'Abbandono/ The Days of Abandonment" (2002)
Murakami Haruki (Japan, 1949): "Umibe no kafuka/ Kafka on the Shore" (2002)
Zyranna Zateli (Greece, 1951): "With the Strange Name of Ramanthis Erevus Death Arrived Last" (2002)
Mai Jia/ Jiang Benhu (China, 1964): "Jiemi/ Decoded" (2002)
Lidia Jorge (Portugal, 1946): "O Vento Assobiando nas Gruas" (2002)
Ibrahim Al-Koni (Libya, 1948): "Anubis" (2002)
Eka Kurniawan (Indonesia, 1975): "Cantik Itu Luka/ Beauty Is A Wound" (2002)
Mladen Markov (Serbia, 1934): "Ukop Oca/ Father's Burial" (2002)
Almudena Grandes (Spain, 1960): "Los Aires Dificiles" (2002)
Yann Martel (Canada, 1963): "Life of Pi" (2002)
Kari Hotakainen (Finland, 1957): "Juoksuhaudantie/ The Trench Road" (2002)
Ranya ElRamly (Finland, 1974): "Auringon Asema/ The Position of the Sun" (2002)
Emmanuel Dongala (Congo, 1941): "Johnny Chien Mechant/ Johnny Mad Dog" (2002)
Minae Mizumura (Japan, 1951): "Honkaku Shosetsu/ A True Novel" (2002)
Alexander Goldstein (Russia, 1957): "Pomni o Famaguste/ Remember Famagusta" (2002)
Mladen Markov (Serbia, 1934): "Ukop Oca/ Father's Burial" (2002)
Andrei Gelasimov (Russia, 1965): "Zhazhda/ Thirst" (2002)
2003:
Roberto Bolano (Chile, 1953): "2666" (2003) ++
Antonio Moresco (1949): "Canti del Caos" (2003)
Nilanjana "Jhumpa Lahiri" Sudeshna (USA, 1967): "The Namesake" (2003)
Jeffrey Eugenides (USA, 1960): "Middlesex" (2003)
Enrique Serrano (Colombia, 1960): "Tamerlan" (2003)
Margaret Atwood (Canada, 1939): "Oryx and Crake" (2003)
Khaled Hosseini (Afghanistan, 1965): "The Kite Runner" (2003)
Yoko Ogawa (Japan, 1962): "Hakase no Ai Shita Suushiki/ The Professor's Beloved Equation/ The Housekeeper and the Professor" (2003)
2004
Marilynne Robinson (USA, 1943): "Gilead" (2004)
Horacio Castellanos-Moya (El Salvador, 1957): "Insensatez/ Senselessness" (2004)
Ge Fei/Liu Yong (China, 1964): "Renmian Taohua/ Peach Blossom Beauty" (2004)
Yan Lianke (China, 1958): "Riguang Liunian/ The Passing of Time" (2004)
David Mitchell (Britain, 1969): "Cloud Atlas" (2004)
Michel Houellebecq (1958): "Les Particules Elementaires/ Elementary Particles" (2004)
Horacio Castellanos-Moya (El Salvador, 1957): "Insensatez/ Senselessness" (2004)
Philip Roth (USA, 1933): "The Plot Against America" (2004)
Edward Jones (USA, 1950): "The Known World" (2004)
2005
Kazuo Ishiguro (Britain, 1954): "Never Let me Go" (2005) ++
Mikhail Shishkin (Russia, 1961): "Venerin Volos/ Maidenhair" (2005) ++
Hideo Furukawa (1966): "Beruka Hoenainoka?/ Belka Why Don't You Bark?" (2005)
Peter Nadas (Hungary, 1942): "Parhuzamos Tortenetek/ Parallel Stories" (2005)
Monika Fagerholm (Sweden, 1961): "Den Amerikanska Flickan/ The American Girl" (2005)
Sandro Veronesi (1959): "Caos Calmo" (2005)
Gyorgy Dragoman (1973): "A Feher Kiraly/ The White King" (2005)
2006
Cormac McCarthy (USA, 1933): "The Road" (2006) ++
Liu Cixin (China, 1963): "The Three Body Problem" (2006)
Dag Solstad (Norway, 1941): "Armand V" (2006)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria, 1977): "Half of a Yellow Sun" (2006)
Elif Shafak (1971): "Baba ve Pic/ Bastard of Istanbul" (2006)
Thu Huong (Vietnam, 1947): "Terre des Oublis/ No Man's Land" (2006)
Elena Ferrante (1943?): "La Figlia Oscura/ The Lost Daughter" (2006)
Alain Mabanckou (Congo, 1966): "Memoires de Porc-epic/ Memoirs of a Porcupine" (2006)
Khaled Khalifa (Syria, 1964): "Madih al-Karahiya/ In Praise of Hatred" (2006)
Vladimir Sorokin (Russia, 1955): "Den' Oprichnika/ Day of the Oprichnik" (2006)
Daniel Kehlmann (Germany, 1975): "Die Vermessung der Welt/ Measuring the World" (2006)
2007
Mircea Cartarescu (1956): "Orbitor/ Blinding" (2007) ++
Rafael Chirbes (Spain, 1949): "Crematorio" (2007)
Han Kang (Korea, 1970): "Sonyeon-i Onda/ Human Acts" (2007)
Han Kang (Korea, 1970): "The Vegetarian" (2007)
Junot Diaz (Dominican Republic, 1968): "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" (2007)
Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan, 1971): "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" (2007)
Javier Marias (Spain, 1951): "Tu Rostro Manana/ Your Face Tomorrow" (2007)
Dasa Drndic (Croatia, 1946): "Sonnenschein/ Trieste" (2007)
Olga Tokarczuk (1962): "Bieguni/ Flights" (2007) +
Denis Johnson (USA, 1949): "Tree of Smoke" (2007)
2008
Hilary Mantel (Britain, 1952): "Wolf Hall" (2008) ++
Paolo Giordano (Italy, 1982): "La Solitudine dei Numeri Primi" (2008)
Mieko Kawakami (Japan, 1976): "Chichi to Ran/ Breasts and Eggs" (2008)
Can Xue/ Xiaohua Deng (China, 1953): "Frontier" (2008)
Orhan Pamuk (1952): "Masumiyet Muzesi/ The Museum of Innocence" (2008)
Jenny Erpenbeck (1967): "Heimsuchung/ Homeseeking/ Visitation" (2008)
2009
Ludmilla Petrushevskaya (Russia, 1938): "There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby" (2009)
Yuri Herrera (Mexico, 1970): "Senales que Precederan al Fin del Mundo/ Signs Preceding the End of the World" (2009)
Olga Tokarczuk (1962): "Prowadz Swoj Plug Przez Kosci Umarlych/ Drive Your Plough Through the Bones of the Dead" (2009)
Agustin Mallo (Spain, 1967): "The Nocilla Trilogy" (2009)
Andres Neuman (Argentina, 1977): "El Viajero del Siglo/ Traveler of the Century" (2009)
Herta Mueller (Romania, 1953): "Atemschaukel/ The Hunger Angel" (2009)
2010
Maylis de Kerangal (France, 1967): "Naissance d'un Pont Birth of a Bridge" (2010)
Maaza Mengiste (Ethiopia, 1974): "Beneath the Lion's Gaze" (2010)
Nicole Krauss (USA, 1974): "Great House" (2010)
2011
Yan Lianke (China, 1958): "Sishu/ The Four Books" (2011)
Juan Vasquez (Colombia, 1973): "El Ruido de las Cosas al Caer/ The Sound of Things Falling" (2011)
Alessandro Baricco (Italy, 1958): "Mr Gwyn" (2011)
Karl-Ove Knausgard (Norway, 1968): "Min Kamp/ My Struggle" (2011)
Jennifer Egan (USA, 1952): "A Visit from the Goon Squad" (2011)
Jesmyn Ward (USA, 1977): "Salvage the Bones" (2011)
Sergei Lebedev (Russia, 1981): "Oblivion" (2011)
Javier Marias (Spain, 1951): "Los Enamoramientos/ The Infatuations" (2011)
Denis Johnson (USA, 1949): "Train Dreams" (2011)
Jokha al-Harthi (Oman, 1978): "Sayyidat el-Qamar/ Celestial Bodies" (2011)
2012
Jenny Erpenbeck (Germany, 1967): "Aller Tage Abend/ The End of Days" (2012)
Scholastique Mukasonga (Rwanda, 1956): "Our Lady of the Nile" (2012)
Ge Fei/Liu Yong (China, 1964): "The Invisibility Cloak" (2012)
Ramon Saizarbitoria (Basque, 1944): "Martutene" (2012)
Louise Erdrich (USA, 1954): "The Round House" (2012)
Dasa Drndic (Croatia, 1946): "Belladonna" (2012)
Eugene Vodolazkin (Russia, 1964): "Laurus" (2012)
Lina Meruane (Chile, 1970): "Sangre en el Ojo/ Seeing Red" (2012)
2013
Juan Vasquez (Colombia, 1973): "Reputaciones/ Reputations" (2013)
Donna Tartt (USA, 1964): "The Goldfinch" (2013)
Valeria Luiselli (Mexico, 1983): "La Historia de mis Dientes/ The Story of My Teeth" (2013)
Kamel Daoud (1970): "Meursault contre-enquete/ The Meursault Investigation" (2013)
Eimear McBride (Ireland, 1976): "A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing" (2013)
Eleanor Catton (New Zealand, 1985): "The Luminaries" (2013)
Stefan Hertmans (Belgium, 1951): "Oorlog en Terpentijn/ War and Turpentine" (2013)
2014
Elena Ferrante (1943): "L'Amica Geniale/ My Brilliant Friend" (2014) ++
Olga Tokarczuk (Poland, 1962): "Ksiegi Jakubowe/ The Books of Jacob" (2014) ++
Samanta Schweblin (Argentina, 1978): "Distancia de Rescate/ Fever Dream" (2014)
Rachel Cusk (Canada, 1967): "Outline" (2014)
Emmanuel Carrere (1957): "Le Royaume/ The Kingdom" (2014)
David Grossman (Hebrew, 1954): "Sus Echad Nichnas Lebar/ A Horse Walks into a Bar" (2014)
Laila Lalami (Morocco, 1968): "The Moor's Account" (2014)
Jeff VanderMeer (USA, 1968): "Annihilation" (2014)
2015
Mircea Cartarescu (1956): "Solenoid" (2015)
Laura Lindstedt (Finland, 1976): "Oneiron" (2015)
Guzel Yakhina (Russia, 1977): " Zuleikha" (2015)
Yan Lianke (China, 1958): "Ri Shi/ The Day the Sun Died" (2015)
Jenny Erpenbeck (1967): "Gehen Ging Gegangen/ Go Went Gone" (2015)
Alain Mabanckou (Congo, 1966): "Petit Piment/ Black Moses" (2015)
Viet-Thanh Nguyen (Vietnam, 1971): "The Sympathizer" (2015)
Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria, 1986): "The Fishermen" (2015)
Eugene Vodolazkin (Russia, 1964): "Aviator/ The Aviator" (2015)
Andrei Gelasimov (Russia, 1965): "Kholod/ Cold/ Into the Thickening Fog" (2015)
2016
Sayaka Murata (Japan, 1979): "Konbini Ningen/ Convenience Store People" (2016)
Leila Slimani (Morocco, 1981): "Chanson Douce/ Lullaby/ Perfect Nanny" (2016)
Zadie Smith (Britain, 1975): "Swing Time" (2016)
Peter Stamm (1963): "Weit ueber das Land/ To the Back of Beyond or /Far Across the Country" (2016)
Colson Whitehead (USA, 1969): "The Underground Railroad" (2016)
Ali Smith (Britain, 1962): "Autumn" (2016)
Elif Shafak (1971): "Havva'nin Uc Kizi/ Three Daughters of Eve" (2016) +
2017
Robert Menasse (Austria, 1954): "Die Hauptstadt/ The Capital" (2017)
Virginie Despentes (1969): "Subutex 1-3" (2017)
Arundhati Roy (India, 1961): "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness" (2017)
Min Jin Lee (USA, 1968): "Pachinko (2017)
2018
Richard Powers (USA, 1957): "The Overstory" (2018)
Mizuki Tsujimura (Japan, 1980): "Kagami no Kojo/ Lonely Castle in the Mirror" (2018)
Lisa Halliday (USA, 1977): "Asymmetry" (2018)
Esi Edugyan (Canada, 1978): Washington Black" (2018)
2019
Caleb Crain (USA, 1967): "Overthrow" (2019)
Lucy Ellmann (Britain, 1956): "Ducks Newburyport" (2019)
See the list before 1992

Best novels of the 21st Century

(very tentative!)
  1. Roberto Bolano (Chile, 1953): "2666" (2003)
  2. Mircea Cartarescu (1956): "Orbitor/ Blinding" (2007)
  3. Mikhail Shishkin (Russia, 1961): "Venerin Volos/ Maidenhair" (2005)
  4. Cormac McCarthy (USA, 1933): "The Road" (2006)
  5. Olga Tokarczuk (Poland, 1962): "Ksiegi Jakubowe/ The Books of Jacob" (2014)
  6. Kazuo Ishiguro (Britain, 1954): "Never Let me Go" (2005)
  7. Hilary Mantel (Britain, 1952): "Wolf Hall" (2008)
  8. Elena Ferrante (1943): "L'Amica Geniale/ My Brilliant Friend" (2014)
  9. Ian McEwan (Britain, 1948): "Atonement" (2001)
  10. Valeria Luiselli (Mexico, 1983): "La Historia de mis Dientes/ The Story of My Teeth" (2013)
  11. Jenny Erpenbeck (Germany, 1967): "Gehen Ging Gegangen/ Go Went Gone" (2015)
  12. Hideo Furukawa (1966): "Beruka Hoenainoka?/ Belka Why Don't You Bark?" (2005)
  13. Liu Cixin (China, 1963): "The Three Body Problem" (2006)
  14. Haruki Murakami (Japan, 1949): "Umibe no kafuka/ Kafka on the Shore" (2002)
  15. Margaret Atwood (Canada, 1939): "The Blind Assassin" (2000)
  16. Lyudmila Ulitskaya (Russia, 1946): "Kazus Kukotskovo/ The Kukotsky Case" (2001)
  17. Leila Slimani (Morocco, 1981): "Chanson Douce/ Lullaby/ Perfect Nanny" (2016)
  18. Elif Shafak (Turkey, 1971): "Baba ve Pic/ Bastard of Istanbul" (2006)
  19. Marie NDiaye (France, 1967): "Rosie Carpe" (2001)
  20. Han Kang (Korea, 1970): "Chaesigjuuija/ The Vegetarian" (2007)
  21. Marilynne Robinson (USA, 1943): "Gilead" (2004)
  22. Karl-Ove Knausgard (Norway, 1968): "Min Kamp/ My Struggle" (2011)
  23. Javier Marias (Spain, 1951): "Los Enamoramientos/ The Infatuations" (2011)
  24. Orhan Pamuk (1952): "Masumiyet Muzesi/ The Museum of Innocence" (2008)
  25. Alessandro Baricco (Italy, 1958): "Mr Gwyn" (2011)
  26. Samanta Schweblin (Argentina, 1978): "Distancia de Rescate/ Fever Dream" (2014)
  27. Yan Lianke (China, 1958): "Sishu/ The Four Books" (2011)
  28. Jokha al-Harthi (Oman, 1978): "Sayyidat el-Qamar/ Celestial Bodies" (2011)
  29. Zadie Smith (Britain, 1975): "White Teeth" (2000)
  30. Michel Houellebecq (France, 1958): "Les Particules Elementaires/ Elementary Particles" (2004)
  31. Jonathan Franzen (USA, 1959): "The Corrections" (2001)
  32. Lidia Jorge (Portugal, 1946): "O Vento Assobiando nas Gruas" (2002)
  33. Yann Martel (Canada, 1963): "Life of Pi" (2002)
  34. David Mitchell (Britain, 1969): "Cloud Atlas" (2004)
  35. Peter Nadas (Hungary, 1942): "Parhuzamos Tortenetek/ Parallel Stories" (2005)
  36. Dag Solstad (Norway, 1941): "Armand V" (2006)
  37. Thu Huong (Vietnam, 1947): "Terre des Oublis/ No Man's Land" (2006)

Timelines of...:

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  • Baltic and Scandinavian
  • Bulgarian
  • Chinese
  • Czech
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
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  • Hungarian
  • Indian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbocroatian
  • Spanish
  • Arabic/Hebrew/Turkish
  • Ancient
  • ...see the full list...
    Living writers (as of 2020) that deserve the Nobel Prize (but probably won't get it because the Nobel Prize is rarely awarded to a great writer):
    Arundhati Roy (India)
    Mahmud Dowlatabadi (Iran)
    Laszlo Krasznahorkai (Hungary)
    Lyudmila Ulitskaya (Russia)
    Milan Kundera (Czekia)
    Kadare (Albania)
    Adonis (Syria, poetry)
    Peter Nadas (Hungary)
    Homero Aridjis (Mexico, poetry)
    Javier Marias (Spain)
    Jenny Erpenbeck (Germany)
    Friederike Mayroecker (Austria, poetry)
    Mircea Cartarescu (Romania)
    Ayi Kwei Armah (Ghana)
    Sayaka Murata (Japan)
    Leila Slimani (Morocco)
    Peter Stamm (Switzerland)
    Guzel Yakhina (Russia)
    Yan Lianke (China)
    Olga Tokarczuk (Poland)
    Samanta Schweblin (Argentina)
    Valeria Luiselli (Mexico)
    Juan Vasquez (Colombia)
    Alessandro Baricco (Italy)
    Elena Ferrante (Italy)
    Haruki Murakami (Japan)
    Luis Goytisolo (Spain)
    Pavel Kohout (Czech, theater)
    Cormac McCarthy (USA)
    Marilynne Robinson (USA)
    Hilary Mantel (Britain)