The One Hundred Best Books of All Time

 

Title

Author

Year

Country

Language

1

Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe

1958

Nigeria

English

2

Fairy

Hans Christian Andersen

1835-1837

Denmark

Denish

3

The Divine Comedy

Dante Alighieri

1265-1321

Italy

Italian

4

Epic of Gilgamish

Unkown

18th-17th Century BCE

Sumer and Akkadian Empire

Akkadian

5

Book of Job

Unkown

6th- 7th Century BCE

Achaemenid Epire

Hebrew

7

One Thousand and One Night

Unkown

700-1500

India/Iran/Iraq/Egypt

Persian

8

Njal’s Saga

Unkown

13th Century

Iceland

Old Norse

9

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Auesten

1813

United Kingdom

English

10

Le Père Goriot

Honorè de Balzac

1835

France

French

11

Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable, a trilogy

Samuel Beckett

1951-1953

Ireland

French, English

12

The Decameron

Giovanni Boccaccio

1349-1353

Ravenna

Italian

13

Ficciones

Jorge Luis Borges

1944-1986

Argentina

Spanish

14

Withering Heights

Emily Brontë

1847

United Kingdom

English

15

The Stranger

Albert Camus

1942

Algeria

French

16

Poems

Paul Celan

1952

Romania

France German

17

Journey to the End of the Night

Louis-Ferdinand Celine

1932

France

French

18

Don Quixote

Miguel de Cervantes

1605 I & 1615 II

Spain

Spanish

19

The Canterbury Tale

Geoffrey Chaucer

14th Century

England

English

20

Stories

Anton Chekhov

1886

Russia

Russian

21

Nostromo

Joseph Conrad

1904

United Kingdom

English

22

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens

1861

United Kingdom

English

23

Jacques the Fatalist

Denis Diderot

1796

France

French

24

Berlin Alexanderplatz

Alfred DÖblin

1929

Geramany

German

25

Crime and Punshment

Fyodor Dostevsky

1866

Russia

Russian

26

The Idiot

Fyodor Dostevsky

1869

Russia

Russian

27

The Possessed

Fyodor Dostevsky

1872

Russia

Russian

28

The Brother Karamazov

Fyodor Dostevsky

1880

Russia

Russian

29

Middlemarch

George Eliot

1871

United Kingdom

English

30

Invisble Man

Ralph Ellison

1952

United States

English

31

Medea

Euripides

431 BCE

Greece

Greek

32

Absalom, Absalom

William Faulkner

1936

United States

English

33

The Sound and the Fury

William Faulkner

1929

United States

English

34

Madam Bovary

Gustave Flaubert

1857

France

French

35

Sentimental Education

Gustave Flaubert

1869

France

French

36

Gypsy Ballads

Federico Garcia Lorca

1928

Spain

Spanish

37

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel Garcia Márquez

1967

Colombia

Spanish

38

Love in the Time of Cholera

Gabriel Garcia Márquez

1985

Colombia

Spanish

39

Faust

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

1832

Saxe-Weimar

German

40

Dead Soul

Nilolai Gogol

1842

Russia

Russian

41

The Tin Drum

Günter Grass

1959

Geramany

German

42

The Devil to Pay in the Backlands

Joãn Guimarães Rosa

1956

Brazil

Portuguese

43

Hunger

Knut Hamsun

1890

Norway

Norwegian

44

The Old Man and Sea

Ernest Hemingway

1952

United States

English

45

Iliad

Homer

760-710 BCE

Greece

Greek

46

Odyssey

Homer

8th Century BCE

Greece

Greek

47

A Doll’s House

Henrik Ibsen

1879

Norway

Norwegian

48

Ulysses

James Joyce

1922

Irish Free State

English

49

Stories

Franz Kafka

1924

Austria

German

50

The Trial

Franz Kafka

1925

Austria

German

51

The Castle

Franz Kafka

1926

Austria

German

52

Shakuntala

Kālidāsa

1st Century BCE

India

Sanskrit

53

The Sound of the Mountain

Yasunari Kawabata

1954

Japan

Japanese

54

Zorba the Greek

Nikos Kazantzakis

1946

Greece

Greek

55

Sons and Lovers

D. H. Lawrence

1913

United Kingdom

English

56

Independent People

Halldòr Laxness

1934-1935

Iceland

Icelandic

57

Poems

Giacomo Leopardi

1818

Italy

Italian

58

The Golden Notebook

Doris Lessing

1962

United Kingdom

English

59

Pippi Longstocking

Astrid Lindgren

1945

Sweden

Swedish

60

A Madam Diary

Lu Xum

1918

China

Chinese

61

Children of Gebelawi

Naguib Mahfouz

1959

Egypt

Arabic

62

Buddenbrooks

Thomas Mann

1901

Geramany

German

63

The Magic Mountain

Thomas Mann

1924

Geramany

German

64

Moby-Dick

Herman Melville

1851

United States

English

65

Essays

Michel de Montaigne

1595

France

French

66

History

Elsa Morante

1974

Italy

Italian

67

Beloved

Toni Morrison

1987

United States

English

68

The Tale of Genji

Murasaki Shikibu

11th Century

Japan

Japanese

69

the Man Without Qualities

Robert Musil

1930-1932

Austria

German

70

Lolita

Vladimir Nabokov

1955

Russia/United States

English

71

Nineteen Eight-Four

George Orwell

1949

United Kingdom

English

72

Metamorphoses

Ovid

1st Century CE

Roman Empire

Latin

73

The Book of Disquiet

Fernando Pessoa

1928

Portugal

Portuguese

74

Tales

Edgar Allan Poe

19th Century

United States

English

75

In Search of Lost Times

Marcel Proust

1913-1927

France

French

76

The Life of Gargantua and of Pantagruel

Francois Rabelais

1532-1534

France

Frech

77

Pedro Páramo

Juan Rulfo

1955

Mexico

Spanish

78

Masnavie

Rumi

1258-1273

Persia

Persian

79

Midnight Children

Salman Rushdie

1981

United Kingdom

English

80

Bostan

Saadi

1257

Persia

Persian

81

Season of Migration to the North

Tayeb Salik

1966

Sudan

Arabic

82

Blindness

José Saramago

1955

Portugal

Portuguese

83

Hamlet

William Shakespeare

1603

England

English

84

King Lear

William Shakespeare

1608

England

English

85

Othello

William Shakespeare

1609

England

English

86

Oedipus the King

Sophocles

430 BCE

Greece

Greek

87

The Red and the Black

Stendhal

1830

France

French

88

Tristram Shandy

Laurence Sterne

1760

England

English

89

Confessions of Zeno

Italo Svevo

1923

Italy

Italian

90

Culliver’s Travels

Jonatan Swift

1726

Ireland

English

91

War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy

1865-1869

Russia

Russian

92

Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy

1877

Russia

Russian

93

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

Leo Tolstoy

1886

Russia

Russian

94

Adventure of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

1884

United States

English

95

Ramayana

Valimiki

5th-4th Century BCE

India

Sanskrit

96

Aeneid

Virgil

29-19 BCE

Roman Empire

Latin

97

Mahabharata

Vyasa

9th-5th Century BCE

India

Sanskrit

98

Leaves of Grass

Walt Whitmqan

1855

United States

English

99

Mrs Dalloway

Virginia Woolf

1925

United Kingdom

English

100

To the Lighthouse

Virginia Woolf

1927

United Kingdom

English

101

Memoirs of Hadrian

Marguerite Yourcenar

1951

France

French