The Bigger Read List (160 Books)

Created by by English PEN


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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