The top 100 books of all time

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  1. Chinua Achebe, Nigeria, (b. 1930), Things Fall Apart
  2. Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark, (1805-1875), Fairy Tales and Stories
  3. Jane Austen, England, (1775-1817), Pride and Prejudice
  4. Honore de Balzac, France, (1799-1850), Old Goriot
  5. Samuel Beckett, Ireland, (1906-1989), Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable
  6. Giovanni Boccaccio, Italy, (1313-1375), Decameron
  7. Jorge Luis Borges, Argentina, (1899-1986), Collected Fictions
  8. Emily Bronte, England, (1818-1848), Wuthering Heights
  9. Albert Camus, France, (1913-1960), The Stranger
  10. Paul Celan, Romania/France, (1920-1970), Poems.
  11. Louis-Ferdinand Celine, France, (1894-1961), Journey to the End of the Night
  12. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Spain, (1547-1616), Don Quixote
  13. Geoffrey Chaucer, England, (1340-1400), Canterbury Tales
  14. Anton P Chekhov, Russia, (1860-1904), Selected Stories
  15. Joseph Conrad, England,(1857-1924), Nostromo
  16. Dante Alighieri, Italy, (1265-1321), The Divine Comedy
  17. Charles Dickens, England, (1812-1870), Great Expectations
  18. Denis Diderot, France, (1713-1784), Jacques the Fatalist and His Master
  19. Alfred Doblin, Germany, (1878-1957), Berlin Alexanderplatz
  20. Fyodor M Dostoyevsky, Russia, (1821-1881), Crime and Punishment
  21. Fyodor M Dostoyevsky, Russia, (1821-1881), The Idiot
  22. Fyodor M Dostoyevsky, Russia, (1821-1881), The Possessed
  23. Fyodor M Dostoyevsky, Russia, (1821-1881), The Brothers Karamazov
  24. George Eliot, England, (1819-1880), Middlemarch
  25. Ralph Ellison, United States, (1914-1994), Invisible Man
  26. Euripides, Greece, (c 480-406 BC), Medea
  27. William Faulkner, United States, (1897-1962), Absalom, Absalom
  28. William Faulkner, United States, (1897-1962), The Sound and the Fury
  29. Gustave Flaubert, France, (1821-1880), Madame Bovary
  30. Gustave Flaubert, France, (1821-1880), A Sentimental Education
  31. Federico Garcia Lorca, Spain, (1898-1936), Gypsy Ballads
  32. Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Colombia, (b. 1928), One Hundred Years of Solitude
  33. Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Colombia, (b. 1928), Love in the Time of Cholera
  34. Gilgamesh, Mesopotamia (c 1800 BC).
  35. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany, (1749-1832), Faust
  36. Nikolai Gogol, Russia, (1809-1852), Dead Souls
  37. Gunter Grass, Germany, (b.1927), The Tin Drum
  38. Joao Guimaraes Rosa, Brazil, (1880-1967), The Devil to Pay in the Backlands
  39. Knut Hamsun, Norway, (1859-1952), Hunger.
  40. Ernest Hemingway, United States, (1899-1961), The Old Man and the Sea
  41. Homer, Greece, (c 700 BC), The Iliad and The Odyssey
  42. Henrik Ibsen, Norway (1828-1906), A Doll's House
  43. The Book of Job, Israel. (600-400 BC).
  44. James Joyce, Ireland, (1882-1941), Ulysses
  45. Franz Kafka, Bohemia, (1883-1924), The Complete Stories
  46. Franz Kafka, Bohemia, (1883-1924), The Trial
  47. Franz Kafka, Bohemia, (1883-1924), The Castle
  48. Kalidasa, India, (c. 400), The Recognition of Sakuntala
  49. Yasunari Kawabata, Japan, (1899-1972), The Sound of the Mountain
  50. Nikos Kazantzakis, Greece, (1883-1957), Zorba the Greek
  51. DH Lawrence, England, (1885-1930), Sons and Lovers
  52. Halldor K Laxness, Iceland, (1902-1998), Independent People
  53. Giacomo Leopardi, Italy, (1798-1837), Complete Poems
  54. Doris Lessing, England, (b.1919), The Golden Notebook
  55. Astrid Lindgren, Sweden, (1907-2002), Pippi Longstocking
  56. Lu Xun, China, (1881-1936), Diary of a Madman and Other Stories
  57. Mahabharata, India, (c 500 BC).
  58. Naguib Mahfouz, Egypt, (b. 1911), Children of Gebelawi
  59. Thomas Mann, Germany, (1875-1955), Buddenbrook
  60. Thomas Mann, Germany, (1875-1955), The Magic Mountain
  61. Herman Melville, United States, (1819-1891), Moby Dick
  62. Michel de Montaigne, France, (1533-1592), Essays.
  63. Elsa Morante, Italy, (1918-1985), History
  64. Toni Morrison, United States, (b. 1931), Beloved
  65. Shikibu Murasaki, Japan, (N/A), The Tale of Genji
  66. Robert Musil, Austria, (1880-1942), The Man Without Qualities
  67. Vladimir Nabokov, Russia/United States, (1899-1977), Lolita
  68. Njaals Saga, Iceland, (c 1300).
  69. George Orwell, England, (1903-1950), 1984
  70. Ovid, Italy, (c 43 BC), Metamorphoses
  71. Fernando Pessoa, Portugal, (1888-1935), The Book of Disquiet
  72. Edgar Allan Poe, United States, (1809-1849), The Complete Tales
  73. Marcel Proust, France, (1871-1922), Remembrance of Things Past
  74. Francois Rabelais, France, (1495-1553), Gargantua and Pantagruel
  75. Juan Rulfo, Mexico, (1918-1986), Pedro Paramo
  76. Jalal ad-din Rumi, Afghanistan, (1207-1273), Mathnawi
  77. Salman Rushdie, India/Britain, (b. 1947), Midnight's Children
  78. Sheikh Musharrif ud-din Sadi, Iran, (c 1200-1292), The Orchard
  79. Tayeb Salih, Sudan, (b. 1929), Season of Migration to the North
  80. Jose Saramago, Portugal, (b. 1922), Blindness
  81. William Shakespeare, England, (1564-1616), Hamlet
  82. William Shakespeare, England, (1564-1616), King Lear
  83. William Shakespeare, England, (1564-1616), Othello
  84. Sophocles, Greece, (496-406 BC), Oedipus the King
  85. Stendhal, France, (1783-1842), The Red and the Black
  86. Laurence Sterne, Ireland, (1713-1768), The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy
  87. Italo Svevo, Italy, (1861-1928), Confessions of Zeno
  88. Jonathan Swift, Ireland, (1667-1745), Gulliver's Travels
  89. Leo Tolstoy, Russia, (1828-1910), War and Peace
  90. Leo Tolstoy, Russia, (1828-1910), Anna Karenina
  91. Leo Tolstoy, Russia, (1828-1910), The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories
  92. Thousand and One Nights, India/Iran/Iraq/Egypt, (700-1500).
  93. Mark Twain, United States, (1835-1910), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  94. Valmiki, India, (c 300 BC), Ramayana
  95. Virgil, Italy, (70-19 BC), The Aeneid
  96. Walt Whitman, United States, (1819-1892), Leaves of Grass
  97. Virginia Woolf, England, (1882-1941), Mrs. Dalloway
  98. Virginia Woolf, England, (1882-1941), To the Lighthouse
  99. Marguerite Yourcenar, France, (1903-1987), Memoirs of Hadrian
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Full list of the 100 best works of fiction, alphabetically by author, as determined from a vote by 100 noted writers from 54 countries as released by the Norwegian Book Clubs. Don Quixote was named as the top book in history but otherwise no ranking was provided