1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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  • Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Saturday – Ian McEwan
  • On Beauty – Zadie Smith
  • Slow Man – J.M. Coetzee
  • Adjunct: An Undigest – Peter Manson
  • The Sea – John Banville
  • The Red Queen – Margaret Drabble
  • The Plot Against America – Philip Roth
  • The Master – Colm Tóibín
  • Vanishing Point – David Markson
  • The Lambs of London – Peter Ackroyd
  • Dining on Stones – Iain Sinclair
  • Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  • Drop City – T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • The Colour – Rose Tremain
  • Thursbitch – Alan Garner
  • The Light of Day – Graham Swift
  • What I Loved – Siri Hustvedt
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
  • Islands – Dan Sleigh
  • Elizabeth Costello – J.M. Coetzee
  • London Orbital – Iain Sinclair
  • Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry
  • Fingersmith – Sarah Waters
  • The Double – José Saramago
  • Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Unless – Carol Shields
  • Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
  • The Story of Lucy Gault – William Trevor
  • That They May Face the Rising Sun – John McGahern
  • In the Forest – Edna O’Brien
  • Shroud – John Banville
  • Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Youth – J.M. Coetzee
  • Dead Air – Iain Banks
  • Nowhere Man – Aleksandar Hemon
  • The Book of Illusions – Paul Auster
  • Gabriel’s Gift – Hanif Kureishi
  • Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald
  • Platform – Michael Houellebecq
  • Schooling – Heather McGowan
  • Atonement – Ian McEwan
  • The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
  • Don’t Move – Margaret Mazzantini
  • The Body Artist – Don DeLillo
  • Fury – Salman Rushdie
  • At Swim, Two Boys – Jamie O’Neill
  • Choke – Chuck Palahniuk
  • Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  • The Feast of the Goat – Mario Vargos Llosa
  • An Obedient Father – Akhil Sharma
  • The Devil and Miss Prym – Paulo Coelho
  • Spring Flowers, Spring Frost – Ismail Kadare
  • White Teeth – Zadie Smith
  • The Heart of Redness – Zakes Mda
  • Under the Skin – Michel Faber
  • Ignorance – Milan Kundera
  • Nineteen Seventy Seven – David Peace
  • Celestial Harmonies – Péter Esterházy
  • City of God – E.L. Doctorow
  • How the Dead Live – Will Self
  • The Human Stain – Philip Roth
  • The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
  • After the Quake – Haruki Murakami
  • Small Remedies – Shashi Deshpande
  • Super-Cannes – J.G. Ballard
  • House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
  • Blonde – Joyce Carol Oates
  • Pastoralia – George Saunders
  • Timbuktu – Paul Auster
  • The Romantics – Pankaj Mishra
  • Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson
  • As If I Am Not There – Slavenka Drakuli?
  • Everything You Need – A.L. Kennedy
  • Fear and Trembling – Amélie Nothomb
  • The Ground Beneath Her Feet – Salman Rushdie
  • Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee
  • Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami
  • Elementary Particles – Michel Houellebecq
  • Intimacy – Hanif Kureishi
  • Amsterdam – Ian McEwan
  • Cloudsplitter – Russell Banks
  • All Souls Day – Cees Nooteboom
  • The Talk of the Town – Ardal O’Hanlon
  • Tipping the Velvet – Sarah Waters
  • The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
  • Glamorama – Bret Easton Ellis
  • Another World – Pat Barker
  • The Hours – Michael Cunningham
  • Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho
  • Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  • The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  • Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  • Great Apes – Will Self
  • Enduring Love – Ian McEwan
  • Underworld – Don DeLillo
  • Jack Maggs – Peter Carey
  • The Life of Insects – Victor Pelevin
  • American Pastoral – Philip Roth
  • The Untouchable – John Banville
  • Silk – Alessandro Baricco
  • Cocaine Nights – J.G. Ballard
  • Hallucinating Foucault – Patricia Duncker
  • Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels
  • The Ghost Road – Pat Barker
  • Forever a Stranger – Hella Haasse
  • Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  • The Clay Machine-Gun – Victor Pelevin
  • Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood
  • The Unconsoled – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Morvern Callar – Alan Warner
  • The Information – Martin Amis
  • The Moor’s Last Sigh – Salman Rushdie
  • Sabbath’s Theater – Philip Roth
  • The Rings of Saturn – W.G. Sebald
  • The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
  • A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  • Love’s Work – Gillian Rose
  • The End of the Story – Lydia Davis
  • Mr. Vertigo – Paul Auster
  • The Folding Star – Alan Hollinghurst
  • Whatever – Michel Houellebecq
  • Land – Park Kyong-ni
  • The Master of Petersburg – J.M. Coetzee
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
  • Pereira Declares: A Testimony – Antonio Tabucchi
  • City Sister Silver – Jàchym Topol
  • How Late It Was, How Late – James Kelman
  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres
  • Felicia’s Journey – William Trevor
  • Disappearance – David Dabydeen
  • The Invention of Curried Sausage – Uwe Timm
  • The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
  • Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
  • Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
  • Looking for the Possible Dance – A.L. Kennedy
  • Operation Shylock – Philip Roth
  • Complicity – Iain Banks
  • On Love – Alain de Botton
  • What a Carve Up! – Jonathan Coe
  • A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  • The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields
  • The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
  • The House of Doctor Dee – Peter Ackroyd
  • The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
  • The Emigrants – W.G. Sebald
  • The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  • Life is a Caravanserai – Emine Özdamar
  • The Discovery of Heaven – Harry Mulisch
  • A Heart So White – Javier Marias
  • Possessing the Secret of Joy – Alice Walker
  • Indigo – Marina Warner
  • The Crow Road – Iain Banks
  • Written on the Body – Jeanette Winterson
  • Jazz – Toni Morrison
  • The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
  • Smilla’s Sense of Snow – Peter Høeg
  • The Butcher Boy – Patrick McCabe
  • Black Water – Joyce Carol Oates
  • The Heather Blazing – Colm Tóibín
  • Asphodel – H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
  • Black Dogs – Ian McEwan
  • Hideous Kinky – Esther Freud
  • Arcadia – Jim Crace
  • Wild Swans – Jung Chang
  • American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis
  • Time’s Arrow – Martin Amis
  • Mao II – Don DeLillo
  • Typical – Padgett Powell
  • Regeneration – Pat Barker
  • Downriver – Iain Sinclair
  • Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord – Louis de Bernieres
  • Wise Children – Angela Carter
  • Get Shorty – Elmore Leonard
  • Amongst Women – John McGahern
  • Vineland – Thomas Pynchon
  • Vertigo – W.G. Sebald
  • Stone Junction – Jim Dodge
  • The Music of Chance – Paul Auster
  • The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
  • A Home at the End of the World – Michael Cunningham
  • Like Life – Lorrie Moore
  • Possession – A.S. Byatt
  • The Buddha of Suburbia – Hanif Kureishi
  • The Midnight Examiner – William Kotzwinkle
  • A Disaffection – James Kelman
  • Sexing the Cherry – Jeanette Winterson
  • Moon Palace – Paul Auster
  • Billy Bathgate – E.L. Doctorow
  • Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Melancholy of Resistance – László Krasznahorkai
  • The Temple of My Familiar – Alice Walker
  • The Trick is to Keep Breathing – Janice Galloway
  • The History of the Siege of Lisbon – José Saramago
  • Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
  • London Fields – Martin Amis
  • The Book of Evidence – John Banville
  • Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood
  • Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
  • The Beautiful Room is Empty – Edmund White
  • Wittgenstein’s Mistress – David Markson
  • The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie
  • The Swimming-Pool Library – Alan Hollinghurst
  • Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey
  • Libra – Don DeLillo
  • The Player of Games – Iain M. Banks
  • Nervous Conditions – Tsitsi Dangarembga
  • The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul – Douglas Adams
  • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams
  • The Radiant Way – Margaret Drabble
  • The Afternoon of a Writer – Peter Handke
  • The Black Dahlia – James Ellroy
  • The Passion – Jeanette Winterson
  • The Pigeon – Patrick Süskind
  • The Child in Time – Ian McEwan
  • Cigarettes – Harry Mathews
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe
  • The New York Trilogy – Paul Auster
  • World’s End – T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • Enigma of Arrival – V.S. Naipaul
  • The Taebek Mountains – Jo Jung-rae
  • Beloved – Toni Morrison
  • Anagrams – Lorrie Moore
  • Matigari – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
  • Marya – Joyce Carol Oates
  • Watchmen – Alan Moore & David Gibbons
  • The Old Devils – Kingsley Amis
  • Lost Language of Cranes – David Leavitt
  • An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Extinction – Thomas Bernhard
  • Foe – J.M. Coetzee
  • The Drowned and the Saved – Primo Levi
  • Reasons to Live – Amy Hempel
  • The Parable of the Blind – Gert Hofmann
  • Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez
  • Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson
  • The Cider House Rules – John Irving
  • A Maggot – John Fowles
  • Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis
  • Contact – Carl Sagan
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  • Perfume – Patrick Süskind
  • Old Masters – Thomas Bernhard
  • White Noise – Don DeLillo
  • Queer – William Burroughs
  • Hawksmoor – Peter Ackroyd
  • Legend – David Gemmell
  • Dictionary of the Khazars – Milorad Pavi?
  • The Bus Conductor Hines – James Kelman
  • The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis – José Saramago
  • The Lover – Marguerite Duras
  • Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard
  • The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  • Nights at the Circus – Angela Carter
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
  • Blood and Guts in High School – Kathy Acker
  • Neuromancer – William Gibson
  • Flaubert’s Parrot – Julian Barnes
  • Money: A Suicide Note – Martin Amis
  • Shame – Salman Rushdie
  • Worstward Ho – Samuel Beckett
  • Fools of Fortune – William Trevor
  • La Brava – Elmore Leonard
  • Waterland – Graham Swift
  • The Life and Times of Michael K – J.M. Coetzee
  • The Diary of Jane Somers – Doris Lessing
  • The Piano Teacher – Elfriede Jelinek
  • The Sorrow of Belgium – Hugo Claus
  • If Not Now, When? – Primo Levi
  • A Boy’s Own Story – Edmund White
  • The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  • Wittgenstein’s Nephew – Thomas Bernhard
  • A Pale View of Hills – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally
  • The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
  • The Newton Letter – John Banville
  • On the Black Hill – Bruce Chatwin
  • Concrete – Thomas Bernhard
  • The Names – Don DeLillo
  • Rabbit is Rich – John Updike
  • Lanark: A Life in Four Books – Alasdair Gray
  • The Comfort of Strangers – Ian McEwan
  • July’s People – Nadine Gordimer
  • Summer in Baden-Baden – Leonid Tsypkin
  • Broken April – Ismail Kadare
  • Waiting for the Barbarians – J.M. Coetzee
  • Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  • Rites of Passage – William Golding
  • Rituals – Cees Nooteboom
  • Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  • City Primeval – Elmore Leonard
  • The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
  • The Book of Laughter and Forgetting – Milan Kundera
  • Smiley’s People – John Le Carré
  • Shikasta – Doris Lessing
  • A Bend in the River – V.S. Naipaul
  • Burger’s Daughter - Nadine Gordimer
  • The Safety Net – Heinrich Böll
  • If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler – Italo Calvino
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  • The Cement Garden – Ian McEwan
  • The World According to Garp – John Irving
  • Life: A User’s Manual – Georges Perec
  • The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch
  • The Singapore Grip – J.G. Farrell
  • Yes – Thomas Bernhard
  • The Virgin in the Garden – A.S. Byatt
  • In the Heart of the Country – J.M. Coetzee
  • The Passion of New Eve – Angela Carter
  • Delta of Venus – Anaïs Nin
  • The Shining – Stephen King
  • Dispatches – Michael Herr
  • Petals of Blood – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
  • Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
  • The Hour of the Star – Clarice Lispector
  • The Left-Handed Woman – Peter Handke
  • Ratner’s Star – Don DeLillo
  • The Public Burning – Robert Coover
  • Interview With the Vampire – Anne Rice
  • Cutter and Bone – Newton Thornburg
  • Amateurs – Donald Barthelme
  • Patterns of Childhood – Christa Wolf
  • Autumn of the Patriarch – Gabriel García Márquez
  • W, or the Memory of Childhood – Georges Perec
  • A Dance to the Music of Time – Anthony Powell
  • Grimus – Salman Rushdie
  • The Dead Father – Donald Barthelme
  • Fateless – Imre Kertész
  • Willard and His Bowling Trophies – Richard Brautigan
  • High Rise – J.G. Ballard
  • Humboldt’s Gift – Saul Bellow
  • Dead Babies – Martin Amis
  • Correction – Thomas Bernhard
  • Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow
  • The Fan Man – William Kotzwinkle
  • Dusklands – J.M. Coetzee
  • The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum – Heinrich Böll
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John Le Carré
  • Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • Fear of Flying – Erica Jong
  • A Question of Power – Bessie Head
  • The Siege of Krishnapur – J.G. Farrell
  • The Castle of Crossed Destinies – Italo Calvino
  • Crash – J.G. Ballard
  • The Honorary Consul – Graham Greene
  • Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon
  • The Black Prince – Iris Murdoch
  • Sula – Toni Morrison
  • Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino
  • The Breast – Philip Roth
  • The Summer Book – Tove Jansson
  • G – John Berger
  • Surfacing – Margaret Atwood
  • House Mother Normal – B.S. Johnson
  • In A Free State – V.S. Naipaul
  • The Book of Daniel – E.L. Doctorow
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
  • Group Portrait With Lady – Heinrich Böll
  • The Wild Boys – William Burroughs
  • Rabbit Redux – John Updike
  • The Sea of Fertility – Yukio Mishima
  • The Driver’s Seat – Muriel Spark
  • The Ogre – Michael Tournier
  • The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
  • Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick – Peter Handke
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  • Mercier et Camier – Samuel Beckett
  • Troubles – J.G. Farrell
  • Jahrestage – Uwe Johnson
  • The Atrocity Exhibition – J.G. Ballard
  • Tent of Miracles – Jorge Amado
  • Pricksongs and Descants – Robert Coover
  • Blind Man With a Pistol – Chester Hines
  • Slaughterhouse-five – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles
  • The Green Man – Kingsley Amis
  • Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth
  • The Godfather – Mario Puzo
  • Ada – Vladimir Nabokov
  • Them – Joyce Carol Oates
  • A Void/Avoid – Georges Perec
  • Eva Trout – Elizabeth Bowen
  • Myra Breckinridge – Gore Vidal
  • The Nice and the Good – Iris Murdoch
  • Belle du Seigneur – Albert Cohen
  • Cancer Ward – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
  • The First Circle – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick
  • Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid – Malcolm Lowry
  • The German Lesson – Siegfried Lenz
  • In Watermelon Sugar – Richard Brautigan
  • A Kestrel for a Knave – Barry Hines
  • The Quest for Christa T. – Christa Wolf
  • Chocky – John Wyndham
  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
  • The Cubs and Other Stories – Mario Vargas Llosa
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez
  • The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Pilgrimage – Dorothy Richardson
  • The Joke – Milan Kundera
  • No Laughing Matter – Angus Wilson
  • The Third Policeman – Flann O’Brien
  • A Man Asleep – Georges Perec
  • The Birds Fall Down – Rebecca West
  • Trawl – B.S. Johnson
  • In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  • The Magus – John Fowles
  • The Vice-Consul – Marguerite Duras
  • Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys
  • Giles Goat-Boy – John Barth
  • The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
  • Things – Georges Perec
  • The River Between – Ngugi wa Thiong’o
  • August is a Wicked Month – Edna O’Brien
  • God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Everything That Rises Must Converge – Flannery O’Connor
  • The Passion According to G.H. – Clarice Lispector
  • Sometimes a Great Notion – Ken Kesey
  • Come Back, Dr. Caligari – Donald Bartholme
  • Albert Angelo – B.S. Johnson
  • Arrow of God – Chinua Achebe
  • The Ravishing of Lol V. Stein – Marguerite Duras
  • Herzog – Saul Bellow
  • V. – Thomas Pynchon
  • Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Graduate – Charles Webb
  • Manon des Sources – Marcel Pagnol
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold – John Le Carré
  • The Girls of Slender Means – Muriel Spark
  • Inside Mr. Enderby – Anthony Burgess
  • The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
  • The Collector – John Fowles
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  • A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  • Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Drowned World – J.G. Ballard
  • The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
  • Labyrinths – Jorg Luis Borges
  • Girl With Green Eyes – Edna O’Brien
  • The Garden of the Finzi-Continis – Giorgio Bassani
  • Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert Heinlein
  • Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger
  • A Severed Head – Iris Murdoch
  • Faces in the Water – Janet Frame
  • Solaris – Stanislaw Lem
  • Cat and Mouse – Günter Grass
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
  • Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  • The Violent Bear it Away – Flannery O’Connor
  • How It Is – Samuel Beckett
  • Our Ancestors – Italo Calvino
  • The Country Girls – Edna O’Brien
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • Rabbit, Run – John Updike
  • Promise at Dawn – Romain Gary
  • Cider With Rosie – Laurie Lee
  • Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse
  • Naked Lunch – William Burroughs
  • The Tin Drum – Günter Grass
  • Absolute Beginners – Colin MacInnes
  • Henderson the Rain King – Saul Bellow
  • Memento Mori – Muriel Spark
  • Billiards at Half-Past Nine – Heinrich Böll
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
  • The Leopard – Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
  • Pluck the Bud and Destroy the Offspring – Kenzaburo Oe
  • A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
  • The Bitter Glass – Eilís Dillon
  • Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  • Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – Alan Sillitoe
  • Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris – Paul Gallico
  • Borstal Boy – Brendan Behan
  • The End of the Road – John Barth
  • The Once and Future King – T.H. White
  • The Bell – Iris Murdoch
  • Jealousy – Alain Robbe-Grillet
  • Voss – Patrick White
  • The Midwich Cuckoos – John Wyndham
  • Blue Noon – Georges Bataille
  • Homo Faber – Max Frisch
  • On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  • Pnin – Vladimir Nabokov
  • Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
  • The Wonderful “O” – James Thurber
  • Justine – Lawrence Durrell
  • Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
  • The Lonely Londoners – Sam Selvon
  • The Roots of Heaven – Romain Gary
  • Seize the Day – Saul Bellow
  • The Floating Opera – John Barth
  • The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith
  • Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  • A World of Love – Elizabeth Bowen
  • The Trusting and the Maimed – James Plunkett
  • The Quiet American – Graham Greene
  • The Last Temptation of Christ – Nikos Kazantzákis
  • The Recognitions – William Gaddis
  • The Ragazzi – Pier Paulo Pasolini
  • Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan
  • I’m Not Stiller – Max Frisch
  • Self Condemned – Wyndham Lewis
  • The Story of O – Pauline Réage
  • A Ghost at Noon – Alberto Moravia
  • Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  • Under the Net – Iris Murdoch
  • The Go-Between – L.P. Hartley
  • The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler
  • The Unnamable – Samuel Beckett
  • Watt – Samuel Beckett
  • Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis
  • Junkie – William Burroughs
  • The Adventures of Augie March – Saul Bellow
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain – James Baldwin
  • Casino Royale – Ian Fleming
  • The Judge and His Hangman – Friedrich Dürrenmatt
  • Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
  • The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  • Wise Blood – Flannery O’Connor
  • The Killer Inside Me – Jim Thompson
  • Memoirs of Hadrian – Marguerite Yourcenar
  • Malone Dies – Samuel Beckett
  • Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
  • Foundation – Isaac Asimov
  • The Opposing Shore – Julien Gracq
  • The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  • The Rebel – Albert Camus
  • Molloy – Samuel Beckett
  • The End of the Affair – Graham Greene
  • The Abbot C – Georges Bataille
  • The Labyrinth of Solitude – Octavio Paz
  • The Third Man – Graham Greene
  • The 13 Clocks – James Thurber
  • Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake
  • The Grass is Singing – Doris Lessing
  • I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
  • The Moon and the Bonfires – Cesare Pavese
  • The Garden Where the Brass Band Played – Simon Vestdijk
  • Love in a Cold Climate – Nancy Mitford
  • The Case of Comrade Tulayev – Victor Serge
  • The Heat of the Day – Elizabeth Bowen
  • Kingdom of This World – Alejo Carpentier
  • The Man With the Golden Arm – Nelson Algren
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
  • All About H. Hatterr – G.V. Desani
  • Disobedience – Alberto Moravia
  • Death Sentence – Maurice Blanchot
  • The Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene
  • Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton
  • Doctor Faustus – Thomas Mann
  • The Victim – Saul Bellow
  • Exercises in Style – Raymond Queneau
  • If This Is a Man – Primo Levi
  • Under the Volcano – Malcolm Lowry
  • The Path to the Nest of Spiders – Italo Calvino
  • The Plague – Albert Camus
  • Back – Henry Green
  • Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake
  • The Bridge on the Drina – Ivo Andri?
  • Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  • Animal Farm – George Orwell
  • Cannery Row – John Steinbeck
  • The Pursuit of Love – Nancy Mitford
  • Loving – Henry Green
  • Arcanum 17 – André Breton
  • Christ Stopped at Eboli – Carlo Levi
  • The Razor’s Edge – William Somerset Maugham
  • Transit – Anna Seghers
  • Ficciones – Jorge Luis Borges
  • Dangling Man – Saul Bellow
  • The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Caught – Henry Green
  • The Glass Bead Game – Herman Hesse
  • Embers – Sandor Marai
  • Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner
  • The Outsider – Albert Camus
  • In Sicily – Elio Vittorini
  • The Poor Mouth – Flann O’Brien
  • The Living and the Dead – Patrick White
  • Hangover Square – Patrick Hamilton
  • Between the Acts – Virginia Woolf
  • The Hamlet – William Faulkner
  • Farewell My Lovely – Raymond Chandler
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
  • Native Son – Richard Wright
  • The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene
  • The Tartar Steppe – Dino Buzzati
  • Party Going – Henry Green
  • The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  • Finnegans Wake – James Joyce
  • At Swim-Two-Birds – Flann O’Brien
  • Coming Up for Air – George Orwell
  • Goodbye to Berlin – Christopher Isherwood
  • Tropic of Capricorn – Henry Miller
  • Good Morning, Midnight – Jean Rhys
  • The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
  • After the Death of Don Juan – Sylvie Townsend Warner
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – Winifred Watson
  • Nausea – Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
  • Cause for Alarm – Eric Ambler
  • Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
  • U.S.A. – John Dos Passos
  • Murphy – Samuel Beckett
  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Years – Virginia Woolf
  • In Parenthesis – David Jones
  • The Revenge for Love – Wyndham Lewis
  • Out of Africa – Isak Dineson (Karen Blixen)
  • To Have and Have Not – Ernest Hemingway
  • Summer Will Show – Sylvia Townsend Warner
  • Eyeless in Gaza – Aldous Huxley
  • The Thinking Reed – Rebecca West
  • Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  • Keep the Aspidistra Flying – George Orwell
  • Wild Harbour – Ian MacPherson
  • Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner
  • At the Mountains of Madness – H.P. Lovecraft
  • Nightwood – Djuna Barnes
  • Independent People – Halldór Laxness
  • Auto-da-Fé – Elias Canetti
  • The Last of Mr. Norris – Christopher Isherwood
  • They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? – Horace McCoy
  • The House in Paris – Elizabeth Bowen
  • England Made Me – Graham Greene
  • Burmese Days – George Orwell
  • The Nine Tailors – Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Threepenny Novel – Bertolt Brecht
  • Novel With Cocaine – M. Ageyev
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice – James M. Cain
  • Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller
  • A Handful of Dust – Evelyn Waugh
  • Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Thank You, Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse
  • Call it Sleep – Henry Roth
  • Miss Lonelyhearts – Nathanael West
  • Murder Must Advertise – Dorothy L. Sayers
  • The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas – Gertrude Stein
  • Testament of Youth – Vera Brittain
  • A Day Off – Storm Jameson
  • The Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil
  • A Scots Quair (Sunset Song) – Lewis Grassic Gibbon
  • Journey to the End of the Night – Louis-Ferdinand Céline
  • Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  • Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
  • To the North – Elizabeth Bowen
  • The Thin Man – Dashiell Hammett
  • The Radetzky March – Joseph Roth
  • The Waves – Virginia Woolf
  • The Glass Key – Dashiell Hammett
  • Cakes and Ale – W. Somerset Maugham
  • The Apes of God – Wyndham Lewis
  • Her Privates We – Frederic Manning
  • Vile Bodies – Evelyn Waugh
  • The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett
  • Hebdomeros – Giorgio de Chirico
  • Passing – Nella Larsen
  • A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
  • Red Harvest – Dashiell Hammett
  • Living – Henry Green
  • The Time of Indifference – Alberto Moravia
  • All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
  • Berlin Alexanderplatz – Alfred Döblin
  • The Last September – Elizabeth Bowen
  • Harriet Hume – Rebecca West
  • The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
  • Les Enfants Terribles – Jean Cocteau
  • Look Homeward, Angel – Thomas Wolfe
  • Story of the Eye – Georges Bataille
  • Orlando – Virginia Woolf
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence
  • The Well of Loneliness – Radclyffe Hall
  • The Childermass – Wyndham Lewis
  • Quartet – Jean Rhys
  • Decline and Fall – Evelyn Waugh
  • Quicksand – Nella Larsen
  • Parade’s End – Ford Madox Ford
  • Nadja – André Breton
  • Steppenwolf – Herman Hesse
  • Remembrance of Things Past – Marcel Proust
  • To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
  • Tarka the Otter – Henry Williamson
  • Amerika – Franz Kafka
  • The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  • Blindness – Henry Green
  • The Castle – Franz Kafka
  • The Good Soldier Švejk – Jaroslav Hašek
  • The Plumed Serpent – D.H. Lawrence
  • One, None and a Hundred Thousand – Luigi Pirandello
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
  • The Making of Americans – Gertrude Stein
  • Manhattan Transfer – John Dos Passos
  • Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Counterfeiters – André Gide
  • The Trial – Franz Kafka
  • The Artamonov Business – Maxim Gorky
  • The Professor’s House – Willa Cather
  • Billy Budd, Foretopman – Herman Melville
  • The Green Hat – Michael Arlen
  • The Magic Mountain – Thomas Mann
  • We – Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • A Passage to India – E.M. Forster
  • The Devil in the Flesh – Raymond Radiguet
  • Zeno’s Conscience – Italo Svevo
  • Cane – Jean Toomer
  • Antic Hay – Aldous Huxley
  • Amok – Stefan Zweig
  • The Garden Party – Katherine Mansfield
  • The Enormous Room – E.E. Cummings
  • Jacob’s Room – Virginia Woolf
  • Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
  • The Glimpses of the Moon – Edith Wharton
  • Life and Death of Harriett Frean – May Sinclair
  • The Last Days of Humanity – Karl Kraus
  • Aaron’s Rod – D.H. Lawrence
  • Babbitt – Sinclair Lewis
  • Ulysses – James Joyce
  • The Fox – D.H. Lawrence
  • Crome Yellow – Aldous Huxley
  • The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
  • Main Street – Sinclair Lewis
  • Women in Love – D.H. Lawrence
  • Night and Day – Virginia Woolf
  • Tarr – Wyndham Lewis
  • The Return of the Soldier – Rebecca West
  • The Shadow Line – Joseph Conrad
  • Summer – Edith Wharton
  • Growth of the Soil – Knut Hamsen
  • Bunner Sisters – Edith Wharton
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
  • Under Fire – Henri Barbusse
  • Rashomon – Akutagawa Ryunosuke
  • The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford
  • The Voyage Out – Virginia Woolf
  • Of Human Bondage – William Somerset Maugham
  • The Rainbow – D.H. Lawrence
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps – John Buchan
  • Kokoro – Natsume Soseki
  • Locus Solus – Raymond Roussel
  • Rosshalde – Herman Hesse
  • Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Robert Tressell
  • Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence
  • Death in Venice – Thomas Mann
  • The Charwoman’s Daughter – James Stephens
  • Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
  • Fantômas – Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre
  • Howards End – E.M. Forster
  • Impressions of Africa – Raymond Roussel
  • Three Lives – Gertrude Stein
  • Martin Eden – Jack London
  • Strait is the Gate – André Gide
  • Tono-Bungay – H.G. Wells
  • The Inferno – Henri Barbusse
  • A Room With a View – E.M. Forster
  • The Iron Heel – Jack London
  • The Old Wives’ Tale – Arnold Bennett
  • The House on the Borderland – William Hope Hodgson
  • Mother – Maxim Gorky
  • The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad
  • The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
  • Young Törless – Robert Musil
  • The Forsyte Sage – John Galsworthy
  • The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton
  • Professor Unrat – Heinrich Mann
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread – E.M. Forster
  • Nostromo – Joseph Conrad
  • Hadrian the Seventh – Frederick Rolfe
  • The Golden Bowl – Henry James
  • The Ambassadors – Henry James
  • The Riddle of the Sands – Erskine Childers
  • The Immoralist – André Gide
  • The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  • Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Buddenbrooks – Thomas Mann
  • Kim – Rudyard Kipling
  • Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser
  • Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad
  • Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. – Somerville and Ross
  • The Stechlin – Theodore Fontane
  • The Awakening – Kate Chopin
  • The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
  • The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
  • The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells
  • What Maisie Knew – Henry James
  • Fruits of the Earth – André Gide
  • Dracula – Bram Stoker
  • Quo Vadis – Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells
  • The Time Machine – H.G. Wells
  • Effi Briest – Theodore Fontane
  • Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  • The Real Charlotte – Somerville and Ross
  • The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Born in Exile – George Gissing
  • Diary of a Nobody – George & Weedon Grossmith
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • News from Nowhere – William Morris
  • New Grub Street – George Gissing
  • Gösta Berling’s Saga – Selma Lagerlöf
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  • The Kreutzer Sonata – Leo Tolstoy
  • La Bête Humaine – Émile Zola
  • By the Open Sea – August Strindberg
  • Hunger – Knut Hamsun
  • The Master of Ballantrae – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Pierre and Jean – Guy de Maupassant
  • Fortunata and Jacinta – Benito Pérez Galdés
  • The People of Hemsö – August Strindberg
  • The Woodlanders – Thomas Hardy
  • She – H. Rider Haggard
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
  • Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • King Solomon’s Mines – H. Rider Haggard
  • Germinal – Émile Zola
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  • Bel-Ami – Guy de Maupassant
  • Marius the Epicurean – Walter Pater
  • Against the Grain – Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich – Leo Tolstoy
  • A Woman’s Life – Guy de Maupassant
  • Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The House by the Medlar Tree – Giovanni Verga
  • The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
  • Bouvard and Pécuchet – Gustave Flaubert
  • Ben-Hur – Lew Wallace
  • Nana – Émile Zola
  • The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Red Room – August Strindberg
  • Return of the Native – Thomas Hardy
  • Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  • Drunkard – Émile Zola
  • Virgin Soil – Ivan Turgenev
  • Daniel Deronda – George Eliot
  • The Hand of Ethelberta – Thomas Hardy
  • The Temptation of Saint Anthony – Gustave Flaubert
  • Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  • The Enchanted Wanderer – Nicolai Leskov
  • Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
  • In a Glass Darkly – Sheridan Le Fanu
  • The Devils – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Erewhon – Samuel Butler
  • Spring Torrents – Ivan Turgenev
  • Middlemarch – George Eliot
  • Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
  • King Lear of the Steppes – Ivan Turgenev
  • He Knew He Was Right – Anthony Trollope
  • War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  • Sentimental Education – Gustave Flaubert
  • Phineas Finn – Anthony Trollope
  • Maldoror – Comte de Lautréaumont
  • The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
  • Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  • Thérèse Raquin – Émile Zola
  • The Last Chronicle of Barset – Anthony Trollope
  • Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne
  • Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  • Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens
  • Uncle Silas – Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Water-Babies – Charles Kingsley
  • Les Misérables – Victor Hugo
  • Fathers and Sons – Ivan Turgenev
  • Silas Marner – George Eliot
  • Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  • On the Eve – Ivan Turgenev
  • Castle Richmond – Anthony Trollope
  • The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot
  • The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  • The Marble Faun – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Max Havelaar – Multatuli
  • A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  • Oblomovka – Ivan Goncharov
  • Adam Bede – George Eliot
  • Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  • North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Hard Times – Charles Dickens
  • Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  • Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  • Villette – Charlotte Brontë
  • Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lonely – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • The Blithedale Romance – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Moby-Dick – Herman Melville
  • The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  • Shirley – Charlotte Brontë
  • Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
  • Agnes Grey – Anne Brontë
  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
  • Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The Count of Monte-Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  • La Reine Margot – Alexandre Dumas
  • The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  • The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allan Poe
  • Martin Chuzzlewit – Charles Dickens
  • The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe
  • Lost Illusions – Honoré de Balzac
  • A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  • Dead Souls – Nikolay Gogol
  • The Charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal
  • The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens
  • Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  • The Nose – Nikolay Gogol
  • Le Père Goriot – Honoré de Balzac
  • Eugénie Grandet – Honoré de Balzac
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
  • The Red and the Black – Stendhal
  • The Betrothed – Alessandro Manzoni
  • Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
  • The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner – James Hogg
  • The Albigenses – Charles Robert Maturin
  • Melmoth the Wanderer – Charles Robert Maturin
  • The Monastery – Sir Walter Scott
  • Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott
  • Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
  • Persuasion – Jane Austen
  • Ormond – Maria Edgeworth
  • Rob Roy – Sir Walter Scott
  • Emma – Jane Austen
  • Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • The Absentee – Maria Edgeworth
  • Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  • Elective Affinities – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Castle Rackrent – Maria Edgeworth
  • Hyperion – Friedrich Hölderlin
  • The Nun – Denis Diderot
  • Camilla – Fanny Burney
  • The Monk – M.G. Lewis
  • Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
  • The Interesting Narrative – Olaudah Equiano
  • The Adventures of Caleb Williams – William Godwin
  • Justine – Marquis de Sade
  • Vathek – William Beckford
  • The 120 Days of Sodom – Marquis de Sade
  • Cecilia – Fanny Burney
  • Confessions – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Dangerous Liaisons – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
  • Reveries of a Solitary Walker – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Evelina – Fanny Burney
  • The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Humphrey Clinker – Tobias George Smollett
  • The Man of Feeling – Henry Mackenzie
  • A Sentimental Journey – Laurence Sterne
  • Tristram Shandy – Laurence Sterne
  • The Vicar of Wakefield – Oliver Goldsmith
  • The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole
  • Émile; or, On Education – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Rameau’s Nephew – Denis Diderot
  • Julie; or, the New Eloise – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Rasselas – Samuel Johnson
  • Candide – Voltaire
  • The Female Quixote – Charlotte Lennox
  • Amelia – Henry Fielding
  • Peregrine Pickle – Tobias George Smollett
  • Fanny Hill – John Cleland
  • Tom Jones – Henry Fielding
  • Roderick Random – Tobias George Smollett
  • Clarissa – Samuel Richardson
  • Pamela – Samuel Richardson
  • Jacques the Fatalist – Denis Diderot
  • Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus – J. Arbuthnot, J. Gay, T. Parnell, A. Pope, J. Swift
  • Joseph Andrews – Henry Fielding
  • A Modest Proposal – Jonathan Swift
  • Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
  • Roxana – Daniel Defoe
  • Moll Flanders – Daniel Defoe
  • Love in Excess – Eliza Haywood
  • Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
  • A Tale of a Tub – Jonathan Swift
  • Oroonoko – Aphra Behn
  • The Princess of Clèves – Marie-Madelaine Pioche de Lavergne, Comtesse de La Fayette
  • The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
  • Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • The Unfortunate Traveller – Thomas Nashe
  • Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit – John Lyly
  • Gargantua and Pantagruel – Françoise Rabelais
  • The Thousand and One Nights – Anonymous
  • The Golden Ass – Lucius Apuleius
  • Aithiopika – Heliodorus
  • Chaireas and Kallirhoe – Chariton
  • Metamorphoses – Ovid
  • Aesop’s Fables – Aesopus
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1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die: A Comprehensive Reference Source, Chronicling the History of the Novel
Preface by Peter Ackroyd, General Editor Peter Boxall
ISBN 1-84403-417-8