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



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

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