Counterpunch: 100 Best Novels, in Translation, Since 1900


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1. Steppenwolf Hermann Hesse (786)


2. The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov (785)


3. The Man Without Qualities Robert Musil (779)


4. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (671)


5. The Trial Franz Kafka (589)


6. The Stranger Albert Camus (579)


7. One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez (478)


8. The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco (441)


9. The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge Rainer Maria Rilke (409)


10. In Search of Lost Time (À la recherche du temps perdu #1–7) Marcel Proust (386)


11. The Magic Mountain Thomas Mann (372)


12. The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (372)


13. Journey to the End of the Night Louis-Ferdinand Céline (368)


14. Zeno’s Conscience Italo Svevo (344)


15. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1) Stieg Larsson (320)


16. The Piano Teacher Elfriede Jelinek (318)


17. Bonjour tristesse Françoise Sagan (304)


18. Zorba the Greek Nikos Kazantzakis (302)


19. God’s Bits of Wood Ousmane Sembène (291)


20. Memoirs of Hadrian Marguerite Yourcenar (288)


21. Solaris Stanisław Lem (283)


22. The Death of Virgil Hermann Broch (279)


23. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami (273)


24. The Savage Detectives Roberto Bolaño (267)


25. The Lover Marguerite Duras (261)


26. My Name is Red Orhan Pamuk (257)


27. Nausea Jean-Paul Sartre (255)


28. Fatelessness Imre Kertész (253)


29. Embers Sándor Márai (249)


30. Beware of Pity Stefan Zweig (238)


31. Children of Gebelawi Naguib Mahfouz (233)


32. The Land of Green Plums Herta Müller (232)


33. The Mandarins Simone de Beauvoir (230)


34. Journey by Moonlight Antal Szerb (230)


35. The Leopard Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (227)


36. Growth of the Soil Knut Hamsun (225)


37. Pedro Páramo Juan Rulfo (219)


38. The Dwarf Pär Lagerkvist (210)


39. The Conformist Alberto Moravia (171)


40. Snow Country & Thousand Cranes Yasunari Kawabata (168)


41. The Erasers Alain Robbe-Grillet (162)


42. Spring Snow Yukio Mishima (160)


43. Despair Vladimir Nabokov (157)


44. The Joke Milan Kundera (148)


45. The Passion According to G.H. Clarice Lispector (142)


46. The Counterfeiters André Gide (139)


47. Sidetracked (Kurt Wallander, #5) Henning Mankell (135)


48. The Devil to Pay in the Backlands João Guimarães Rosa (134)


49. A Heart So White Javier Marías (134)


50. Berlin Alexanderplatz Alfred Döblin (128)


51. Man’s Fate André Malraux (123)


52. The Moon and the Bonfire Cesare Pavese (118)


53. Ferdydurke Witold Gombrowicz (115)


54. Hôtel Splendid Marie Redonnet (114)


55. The Discovery of Heaven Harry Mulisch (110)


56. The Time of the Doves Mercè Rodoreda (104)


57. Black Rain Masuji Ibuse (102)


58. Homo Faber Max Frisch (100)


59. A Book of Memories Péter Nádas (89)


60. How it Is Samuel Beckett (88)


61. History Elsa Morante (87)


62. The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1) Carlos Ruiz Zafón (87)


63. Death and the Penguin Andrey Kurkov (79)


64. The President Miguel Ángel Asturias (78)


65. All Our Yesterdays Natalia Ginzburg (77)


66. The Feast of the Goat Mario Vargas Llosa (73)


67. The Gospel According to Jesus Christ José Saramago (71)


68. The Emigrants (The Emigrants, #1) Vilhelm Moberg (70)


69. The Thief’s Journal Jean Genet (63)


70. Summer in Baden-Baden Leonid Tsypkin (62)


71. Portrait of a Man Unknown Nathalie Sarraute (57)


72. Life A User’s Manual Georges Perec (50)


73. The New Story of O Pauline Réage (49)


74. Nadja André Breton (48)


75. This Life Karel Schoeman (47)


76. Yo-Yo Boing! Giannina Braschi (46)


77. The Tartar Steppe Dino Buzzati (44)


78. The Kingdom of This World Alejo Carpentier (43)


79. Terra Nostra Carlos Fuentes (42)


80. Red Lights Georges Simenon (41)


81. The True Story of Ah Q Lu Xun (36)


82. Three Trapped Tigers Guillermo Cabrera Infante (34)


83. Happy Moscow Andrei Platonov (33)


84. Century of Locusts Malika Mokeddem (31)


85. No Longer Human Osamu Dazai (29)


86. The Blind Owl Sadegh Hedayat (28)


87. La Grande Maison Mohammed Dib (27)


88. A Dark Night’s Passing Naoya Shiga (24)


89. Das siebte Kreuz Anna Seghers (23)


90. La Conspiration Paul Nizan (22)


91. Memed, My Hawk (İnce Memed, #1) Yaşar Kemal (21)


92. The Ragazzi Pier Paolo Pasolini (20)


93. Stolen Spring Hans Scherfig (18)


94. Jacob the Liar Jurek Becker (16)


95. The Rings of Saturn W.G. Sebald (15)


96. The Open Door Latifa Zayyat (13)


97. तमस/Tamas Bhisham Sahni (11)


98. Dita Saxova Arnošt Lustig (8)


99. The Good Hope William Heinesen (6)


100. Swallows of Kabul Yasmina Khadra (4)


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