The Bigger Read List by English PEN

This list has been compiled by the staff of English PEN, with suggestions from members

1. I Ching by China

2. The Odyssey by Homer

3. The Iliad by Homer

4. Aesop’s Fables by Aesop

5. Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu

6. The Art of War by Sun Zi

7. The Aeneid by Virgil

8. Mahabharata by Vyasa

9. Confessions by Augustine

10. The Quran by Various Authors

11. The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu

12. Le Roman de la Rose by Guillaume (de Lorris)

13. Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio

14. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

15. The Tootinameh; Or, Tales of a Parrot by India, Iran

16. The Lusiad by Luís Vaz Camões

17. Essays by Michel de Montaigne

18. Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en

19. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

20. The Bible by Christian Church

21. Pensées by Blaise Pascal

22. Dangerous Liaison by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

23. Letters from an American Farmer by J. Crevecoeur

24. Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

25. Household Tales by Brothers Grimm

26. The Red and the Black by Stendhal

27. The Kalevala by Elias Lönnrot

28. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

29. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville

30. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

31. Fairy Tales and Stories by Hans Christian Anderson

32. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

33. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

34. The Human Comedy by Honoré de Balzac

35. Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac

36. Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

37. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

38. Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Edward FitzGerald

39. Essays and Aphorisms by Arthur Schopenhauer

40. First Love by Ivan Turgenev

41. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

42. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

43. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

44. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

45. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

46. Bouvard et Pécuchet by GUSTAVE FLAUBERT

47. The Maias: Episodes from Romantic Life by Eça de Queirós

48. The Twilight of the Idols and The Antichrist by Friedrich Nietzsche

49. Hunger by Knut Hamsun

50. The Lady with the Dog by Anton Chekhov

51. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud

52. Dom Casmurro by Machado de Assis

53. Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann

54. The Confusions of Young Törless by Robert Musil

55. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann

56. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

57. The Wanderer by Henri Alain-Fournier

58. Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun

59. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

60. The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hašek

61. The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

62. The Trial by Franz Kafka

63. Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse

64. Les Enfants Terribles by Jean Cocteau

65. Some Prefer Nettles by Junichiro Tanizaki

66. The Dancing Girl of Izu and Other Stories by Yasunari Kawabata

67. Journey to the End of The Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline

68. The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth

69. Collected Fiction by Jorge Luis Borges

70. Selected Stories of Lu Hsun by Xun Lu

71. Journey by Moonlight

72. The Book of Songs by China

73. Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture by Johan Huizinga

74. The Gift by Vladimir Nabokov

75. The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus

76. Embers by Sandor Marai

77. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

78. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

79. Christ Stopped at Eboli: The Story of a Year by Carlo Levi

80. Complete Poems of Giacomo Leopardi by Giacomo Leopardi

81. Independent People by Halldor Laxness

82. Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis

83. The Stranger by Albert Camus

84. The Plague by Albert Camus

85. The Makioka Sisters by Tanizaki Jun’ichirō

86. The Kon-Tiki Expedition: By Raft Across the South Seas by Thor Heyerdahl

87. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

88. The Skeleton by Amrita Pritam

89. Forbidden Colours by Yukio Mishima

90. And where Were You, Adam? by Heinrich Böll

91. Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata

92. Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer

93. Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan

94. Memed, My Hawk by Yashar Kemal

95. Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino

96. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

97. Jealousy: A Novel by Alain Robbe-Grillet

98. Teahouse by by She Lao

99. The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

100. Zazie in the Metro by Raymond Queneau

101. The Tin Drum by Günter Grass

102. Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman

103. The Stories of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov

104. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

105. Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges

106. Words by Jean Paul Sartre

107. Quotations from Chairman Mao by Mao

108. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

109. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

110. Count Julian by Juan Goytisolo

111. 5327 by Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenit︠s︡yn

112. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

113. La Saga/ Fuga de J. B./ The Saga/ Escape of J.B. by Gonzalo Torrente Ballester

114. The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

115. The Burn: A Novel in Three Books : (late Sixties — early Seventies) by Vassily Aksyonov

116. Fateless by Imre Kertész

117. A Tomb for Boris Davidovich by Danilo Kiš

118. The Three-Arched Bridge by Ismail Kadare

119. Life, a User’s Manual by Georges Perec

120. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino

121. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

122. The War of the End of the World by Mario Vargas Llosa

123. If Not Now, When? by Primo Levi

124. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

125. The Lover by Marguerite Duras

126. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

127. Another Country by Karel Schoeman

128. The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain by Han Shan

129. Perfume by Patrick Suskind

130. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

131. The Stone Raft by José Saramago

132. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

133. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

134. The Sorrow Of War by Bao Ninh

135. The Black Book by Orhan Pamuk

136. Soul Mountain by Xingjian Gao

137. Édes Anna by Dezső Kosztolányi

138. Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy by Jostein Gaarder

139. The Emigrants by Winfried Georg Sebald

140. Smilla’s Sense of Snow: A Novel by Peter Høeg

141. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

142. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

143. I Will Bear Witness by Victor Klemperer

144. The Rings of Saturn by W. G. Sebald

145. Identity: A Novel by Milan Kundera

146. The Years with Laura Diaz by Carlos Fuentes

147. Somersault by Kenzaburō Ōe

148. The Royal Physician’s Visit: A Novel by Per Olov Enquist

149. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

150. My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk

151. Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald

152. The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad

153. The Half Brother: A Novel by Lars Saabye Christensen

154. Antiworlds by Andrey Voznesensky

155. My City: A Hong Kong Story by Xi Xi

156. Happy Moscow by Andrey Platonov

157. Soul and Other Stories by Andrey Platonov

158. The Dog Star by Agneta Pleijel

159. The Garlic Ballads: A Novel by Yan Mo

160. The Return and Other Stories by Andrey Platonov

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