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Norwegian Book Clubs:
The 100 Greatest Books in History

(listed alphabetically by author)

Chinua Achebe, Nigeria, (b. 1930), Things Fall Apart

Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark, (1805-1875), Fairy Tales and Stories

Jane Austen, England, (1775-1817), Pride and Prejudice

Honore de Balzac, France, (1799-1850), Old Goriot

Samuel Beckett, Ireland, (1906-1989), Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable

Giovanni Boccaccio, Italy, (1313-1375), Decameron

Jorge Luis Borges, Argentina, (1899-1986), Collected Fictions

Emily Bronte, England, (1818-1848), Wuthering Heights

Albert Camus, France, (1913-1960), The Stranger

Paul Celan, Romania/France, (1920-1970), Poems

Louis-Ferdinand Celine, France, (1894-1961), Journey to the End of the Night

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Spain, (1547-1616), Don Quixote (#1)

Geoffrey Chaucer, England, (1340-1400), Canterbury Tales

Anton P Chekhov, Russia, (1860-1904), Selected Stories

Joseph Conrad, England,(1857-1924), Nostromo

Dante Alighieri, Italy, (1265-1321), The Divine Comedy

Charles Dickens, England, (1812-1870), Great Expectations

Denis Diderot, France, (1713-1784), Jacques the Fatalist and His Master

Alfred Doblin, Germany, (1878-1957), Berlin Alexanderplatz

Fyodor M Dostoyevsky, Russia, (1821-1881), Crime and Punishment; The Idiot; The Possessed (Demons); The Brothers Karamazov

George Eliot, England, (1819-1880), Middlemarch

Ralph Ellison, United States, (1914-1994), Invisible Man

Euripides, Greece, (c 480-406 BC), Medea

William Faulkner, United States, (1897-1962), Absalom, Absalom; The Sound and the Fury

Gustave Flaubert, France, (1821-1880), Madame Bovary; A Sentimental Education

Federico Garcia Lorca, Spain, (1898-1936), Gypsy Ballads

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombia, (b. 1928), One Hundred Years of Solitude; Love in the Time of Cholera

Gilgamesh, (c. 1800 BC), Mesopotamia

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany, (1749-1832), Faust

Nikolai Gogol, Russia, (1809-1852), Dead Souls

Gunter Grass, Germany, (b.1927), The Tin Drum (review here)

Joao Guimaraes Rosa, Brazil, (1880-1967), The Devil to Pay in the Backlands

Knut Hamsun, Norway, (1859-1952), Hunger

Ernest Hemingway, United States, (1899-1961), The Old Man and the Sea

Homer, Greece, (c 700 BC), The Iliad and The Odyssey

Henrik Ibsen, Norway (1828-1906), A Doll's House

The Book of Job, Israel. (600-400 BC).

James Joyce, Ireland, (1882-1941), Ulysses

Franz Kafka, Bohemia, (1883-1924), The Complete Stories; The Trial; The Castle

Kalidasa, India, (c. 400), The Recognition of Sakuntala

Yasunari Kawabata, Japan, (1899-1972), The Sound of the Mountain

Nikos Kazantzakis, Greece, (1883-1957), Zorba the Greek

DH Lawrence, England, (1885-1930), Sons and Lovers

Halldor K Laxness, Iceland, (1902-1998), Independent People

Giacomo Leopardi, Italy, (1798-1837), Complete Poems

Doris Lessing, England, (b.1919), The Golden Notebook

Astrid Lindgren, Sweden, (1907-2002), Pippi Longstocking

Lu Xun, China, (1881-1936), Diary of a Madman and Other Stories

Mahabharata, (c 500 BC), India.

Naguib Mahfouz, Egypt, (b. 1911), Children of Gebelaawi

Thomas Mann, Germany, (1875-1955), Buddenbrooks; The Magic Mountain

Herman Melville, United States, (1819-1891), Moby Dick

Michel de Montaigne, France, (1533-1592), Essays

Elsa Morante, Italy, (1918-1985), History

Toni Morrison, United States, (b. 1931), Beloved

Shikibu Murasaki, Japan, (N/A), The Tale of Genji Genji

Robert Musil, Austria, (1880-1942), The Man Without Qualities: Volume One, Volume Two

Vladimir Nabokov, Russia/United States, (1899-1977), Lolita

Njal's Saga, (c 1300), Iceland.

George Orwell, England, (1903-1950), 1984

Ovid, Italy, (c 43 BC), Metamorphoses

Fernando Pessoa, Portugal, (1888-1935), The Book of Disquiet

Edgar Allan Poe, United States, (1809-1849), The Complete Tales

Marcel Proust, France, (1871-1922), Remembrance of Things Past (A la recherche du temps perdu)

Francois Rabelais, France, (1495-1553), Gargantua and Pantagruel

Juan Rulfo, Mexico, (1918-1986), Pedro Paramo

Jalal ad-din Rumi, Iran, (1207-1273), Mathnawi

Salman Rushdie, India/Britain, (b. 1947), Midnight's Children

Sheikh Musharrif ud-din Sadi, Iran, (c 1200-1292), The Orchard

Tayeb Salih, Sudan, (b. 1929), Season of Migration to the North

Jose Saramago, Portugal, (b. 1922), Blindness

William Shakespeare, England, (1564-1616), Hamlet; King Lear; Othello

Sophocles, Greece, (496-406 BC), Oedipus the King

Stendhal (pseudonym of Marie Henri Beyle), France, (1783-1842), The Red and the Black

Laurence Sterne, Ireland, (1713-1768), The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy

Italo Svevo, Italy, (1861-1928), Confessions of Zeno

Jonathan Swift, Ireland, (1667-1745), Gulliver's Travels

Leo Tolstoy, Russia, (1828-1910), War and Peace; Anna Karenina; The Death of Ivan Ilyich

Thousand and One Nights, India/Iran/Iraq/Egypt, (700-1500).

Mark Twain, United States, (1835-1910), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Valmiki, India, (c 300 BC), Ramayana

Virgil, Italy, (70-19 BC), The Aeneid

Walt Whitman, United States, (1819-1892), Leaves of Grass

Virginia Woolf, England, (1882-1941), Mrs. Dalloway; To the Lighthouse

Marguerite Yourcenar, France, (1903-1987), Memoirs of Hadrian

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