Book awards: Norwegian Book Clubs’ top 100 books of all time

Book awards: Norwegian Book Clubs’ top 100 books of all time

100 prominent authors from more than 50 different nations have elected The Library of World Literature: “The 100 Best Books in the History of Literature”.

The editors of the Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute, polled a panel of 100 authors from 54 countries on what they considered the “best and most central works in world literature.” Among the authors polled were Milan Kundera, Doris Lessing, Seamus Heaney, Salman Rushdie, Wole Soyinka, John Irving, Nadine Gordimer, and Carlos Fuentes. The list of 100 works appears alphabetically by author. Although the books were not ranked, the editors revealed that Don Quixote received 50% more votes than any other book.

The 100 titles that gathered most votes take their place in the Library of World Literature. Except for Don Quixote, the titles are not ranked.

1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes


2. The Book of Job by Israel


3. The Odyssey by Homer


4. The Iliad by Homer


5. Epic of Gilgamesh by Unknown


6. Ramayana by Valmiki


7. Medea by Euripides


8. Oedipus the King by Sophocles


9. The Recognition of Sakuntala by Kalidasa


10. The Aeneid by Virgil


11. Metamorphoses by Ovid


12. Mahabharata by Vyasa


13. The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu


14. Children of Gebelawi by Naguib Mahfouz


15. Njal’s Saga by Iceland


16. Masnavi by Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi


17. Bostan by Saadi


18. Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio


19. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer


20. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri


21. Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais


22. Essays by Michel de Montaigne


23. Hamlet by William Shakespeare


24. Othello by William Shakespeare


25. King Lear by William Shakespeare


26. One Thousand and One Nights by India/Iran/Iraq/Egypt


27. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift


28. Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne


29. Jacques the Fatalist and His Master by Denis Diderot


30. Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


31. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


32. The Red and the Black by Stendhal


33. Father Goriot by Honoré de Balzac


34. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol


35. Fairy Tales and Stories by Hans Christian Anderson


36. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë


37. Moby Dick by Herman Melville


38. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman


39. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert


40. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens


41. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky


42. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky


43. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy


44. A Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert


45. Middlemarch by George Eliot


46. The Possessed by Fyodor Dostoevsky


47. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


48. A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen


49. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky


50. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain


51. The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy


52. Hunger by Knut Hamsun


53. Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann


54. Nostromo by Joseph Conrad


55. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence


56. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust


57. Diary of a Madman and Other Stories by Xun Lu


58. Ulysses by James Joyce


59. Confessions of Zeno by Italo Svevo


60. The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann


61. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf


62. The Trial by Franz Kafka


63. The Castle by Franz Kafka


64. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf


65. Gypsy Ballads by Federico Garcia Lorca


66. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner


67. Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin


68. The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil


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


70. Collected Fiction by Jorge Luis Borges


71. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner


72. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren


73. Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis


74. The Stranger by Albert Camus


75. Complete Poems of Giacomo Leopardi by Giacomo Leopardi


76. Independent People by Halldor Laxness


77. Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell


78. Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar


79. Molloy by Samuel Beckett


80. Malone Dies by Samuel Beckett


81. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison


82. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway


83. The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett


84. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov


85. Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo


86. The Devil to Pay in the Backlands by Joao Guimaraes Rosa


87. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe


88. The Tin Drum by Günter Grass


89. The Stories of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov


90. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing


91. Season of Migration to the North by Al-Tayyib Salih


92. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez


93. The Sound of the Mountain by Yasunari Kawabata


94. The Complete Stories of Franz Kafka by Franz Kafka


95. History by Elsa Morante


96. The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe


97. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie


98. The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa


99. Beloved by Toni Morrison


100. Blindness by Jose Saramago


101. Poems by Paul Celan


Soure:

  1. http://thegreatestbooks.org/lists/28
  2. https://www.librarything.com/bookaward/Norwegian+Book+Clubs’+top+100+books+of+all+time
  3. https://www.bokklubben.no/SamboWeb/side.do?dokId=65500

Book awards: Norwegian Book Clubs’ top 100 books of all time


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