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A list of world’s most famous books (fiction and poetry)

  • Published at 04:00 am June 2nd, 2020
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Dhaka Tribune's list of famous 100 books

1.    Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes 

Translated by Peter Anthony Motteux 

Published in 1700

2.    Vanity Fair by William Thackeray 

Published in 1848 

3.    War and peace by Leo Tolstoy 

Translated by Nathan Haskell Dole

Published in 1899

4.    Middlemarch by George Eliot

Published in 1874

5.    Madame Bovary by Gustave Falubert 

Translated by Jenny Julia Eleanor Marx

Published in 1886 

6.    Crime and punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky 

Translated by Constance Garnett

Published in 1914 

7.    A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Published in 1859 

8.    Hunger by Knut Hamsun

Translated by George Egerton 

Published in 1899 

9.    Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo 

Translated by Margaret Sayers Peden

Published in 1994 

10.    Ulysses by James Joyce 

Published in 1922

11.    To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf 

Published in 1927    

12.    The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka 

Translated by Edwin Muir and Willa Muir 

Published in 1961 

13.    The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway 

Published in 1926 

14.    Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann 

Translated by Helen Tracy Lowe-Porter

Published in 1924

15.    Gora by Rabindranath Tagore

Translated by Tagore himself

Published in 1924 

16.    The Outsider by Albert Camus 

Translated by Stuart Gilbert

Published in 1946 

17.    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 

Translated by Gregory Rabassa

Published in 1970 

18.    Petals of Blood by Ngugi wa Thiong’o 

Published in 1977

19.    The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire 

Translated by George Dillon

Published in 1936 

20.    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 

Published in 1861 

21.    Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Translated by Max Hayward, Manya Harari 

Published in 1958

22.    Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Edward Fitzgerald 

Published in 1878 

23.    The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass 

Translated by Ralph Frederick Manheim

Published in 1961 

24.    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 

Translated by Constance Garnett

Published in 1901 

25.    Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust 

Translated by C.K. Moncrieff, Terence Kilmartin 

Published in 1922-31

26.    Beloved by Toni Morrison 

Published in 1987 

27.    Vertigo by W.G. Sebald 

Translated by Michael Hulse 

Published in 2000 

28.    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Published in 1985 

29.    Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell 

Published in 1949 

30.    The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner 

Published in 1929 

31.    Blindness by Jose Saramago

Translated by Giovanni Pontiero

Published in 1997 

32.    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Published in 1960 

33.    Manto: Selected Stories 

Translated by Aatish Taseer

Published in 2011

34.    The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz 

Translated by William Maynard Hutchins 

Published in 1990s 

35.    Gitanjali (Song Offerings) by Rabindranath Tagore 

Published in 1913 

36.    Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata 

Translated by Edward George Seidensticker

Published in 1956 

37.    Kim by Rudyard Kipling 

Published in 1901

38.    Love in the Time of Cholera 

Translated by Edith Grossman 

Published in 1988

39.    Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges 

Translated by Andrew Hurley

Published in 1962

40.    My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk 

Translated by Erdag Goknar 

Published in 2001

41.    The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes 

Translated by Sam Hielman, Alfred MacAdam 

Published in 1964

42.    Sleepwalking Land by Mia Couto 

Translated by David Brookshaw

Published in 2006

43.    Sabbath’s Theater by Phillip Roth 

Published in 1995 

44.    The Puppets’ Tale by Manik Bandopadhyay

Translated by Sachindralal Ghosh

Published in 1968 

45.    A House for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipaul

Published in 1961

46.    Aranyak by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay 

Translated by Rimli Bhattacharya 

Published in 2018 

47.    The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Ilosa 

Translated by Edith Grossman

Published in 2001 

48.    Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut 

Published in 1973 

49.    Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami 

Translated by Philip Gabriel 

Published in 2002 

50.    Sonnets to Orpheus by Rainer Maria Rilke 

Translated by C.F. Macintyre 

Published in 1967 

51.    Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee

Published in 1999

52.    Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Published in 1981 

53.    The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende 

Translated by Magda Bogin 

Published in 1985

54.    Rabbit, Run by John Updike 

Published in 1960 

55.    God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Published in 1997 

56.    Laughable Loves by Milan Kundera

Translated by Suzanne Rappaport

Published in 1974 

57.    Dylan Thomas Selected Poems 

Published in 1952 

58.    My Uncle Napolean by Iraj Pezeshkzad 

Translated by Dick Davis 

Published in 1996 

59.    The Collected Poems by Sylvia Plath 

Published in 1981 

60.    Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh

Published in 2008 

61.    Germinal by Emile Zola 

Translated by Havelock Ellis, Peter Collier

Published in 1894

62.    Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Published in 1958

63.    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Published in 1939

64.    Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco 

Translated by William Weaver 

Published in 1983


65.    White Noise by Don DeLilo

Published in 1985 

66.    The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot

Published in 1922

67.    Dream of the Red Chamber/ The Story of the Stone by Cao Xueqin 

Translated by David Hawkes

Published in 1868, 1892; 1973–1980 (1st complete English translation)

68.    Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad 

Published in 1899 

69.    Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino 

Translated by William Weaver 

Published in 1974 

70.    The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon 

Published in 1966 

71.    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov 

Published in 1955

72.    The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing 

Published in 1962 

73.    An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro

Published in 1986

74.    Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar 

Translated by Gregory Rabassa

Published in 1966

75.    The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima

Translated by Ivan Morris 

Published in 1959 

76.    The Tale of the Hansuli Turn by Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay 

Translated by Ben Conisbee Baer 

Published in 2011 

77.    The Songs of Mihyar of Damascus by Adonis 

Translated by Adnan Hayder, Michael Beard 

Published in 2008 

78.    The Collected Poems, 1957-1987 by Octavio Paz

Translated by Elizabeth Bishop 

Published in 1987 

79.    The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse 

Published in 1938 

80.    Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf 

Published in 1925

81.    Selected Stories of Anton Chekov 

Translated by Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky 

Published in 2000

82.    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Published in 1925 

83.    The Human Comedy: Selected Stories by Honore de Balzac 

Translated by Linda Asher, Carol Cosman, Jordan M. Stump 

Published in 2014

84.    The Famished Road by Ben Okri

Published in 1991

85.    The Castle by Franz Kafka

Translated by Willa and Edwin Muir

Published in 1930 

86.    The Second Coming by W.B. Yeats

Published in 1919

87.    18 Best Stories by Edgar Allan Poe

Published in 1965 

88.    Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis

Published in 1991

89.    The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano

Translated by Natasha Wimmer

Published in 2007

90.    River of Fire by Qurratulain Hyder 

Translated by the author herself

Published in 1998 

91.    Diary of a madman and other stories by Lu Xun 

Translated by William A. Lyell

Published in 1990

92.    The Quilt and Other Stories by Ismat Chughtai 

Translated by Tahira Naqvi and Syeda S. Hameed

Published in 1994 

93.    Sultana’s Dream by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain 

Published in 1905 

94.    Childhood Friend by Vaikom Muhammad Basheer

Translated by R.E. Asher, Achamma Coilparampil Chandrasekharan 

Published in 1964

95.    Flights by Olga Tokarczuk 

Translated by Jennifer Croft

Published in 2017 

96.    Clear Light of Day by Anita Desai 

Published in 1980

97.    Malgudi Days by R.K. Narayan

Published in 1943 

98.    Untouchable by Mulk Raj Anand 

Published in 1935 

99.    The Vegetarian by Han Kang

Translated by Deborah Smith 

Published in 2015 

100.    The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Published in 2016 


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