The Mermaid Chair, Sue Monk Kidd

I don’t know what it was with this book, but I think I hated it. And I hate that I am writing this. The front cover brags: “The Number One New York Times Bestseller” and I couldn’t read it. I mean, I read it, almost reached the final page and then realised that I’d already wasted so much time with this book and my care factor was zero… negative, if that’s possible. So, with ten pages left to go, I quit. I just tossed the book aside and surrendered myself to the fact that I really didn’t mind what these characters did with their lives, whether the protagonist ever returned to her estranged husband, Hugh; whether Brother Thomas remained a Brother or whether he returned to the world with a fresh perspective. I still can’t quite believe that I was not at all invested in any part of the reading of this novel. How can this happen?

I consider myself an extremely patient reader. I love reading for such a wide range of reasons that it’s incredibly unlikely that I will ever NOT finish a book… and I’m usually very trusting of writers, I give myself over to them and allow them to lead me on all sorts of journeys into all sorts of situations and I love it. Well, usually I love it. This time, not so much.

So, my question now is: Do I read The Secret Life of Bees or do I just decide that Sue Monk Kidd and I are never going to be best buddies?

The Full Ridiculous, Mark Lamprell

19547813Gosh I love my local library – Librarians Rule!! I picked this one up on a recent visit because it was displayed on the “We Really Liked This One” stand. I figured I had nothing to lose and I wasn’t disappointed!

The cover of this book sums it all up: “Sometimes you can’t pull yourself together until you’ve completely fallen apart” and fall apart Michael O’Dell manages to do with great finesse and wit.

The book opens with a scene setting pop: Michael O’Dell is out for his constitutional, having “yet another premonition that (he’s) hit by a car” when he is, indeed, hit by a car. It doesn’t sound like the most uplifting tale. But the car accident is merely the catalyst for a long saga of other issues which are clearly lurking in the ever-present background of O’Dell’s life but have been successfully ignored because, well, life happens and it keeps happening and most of us never really take the time to deal with the important things.

I loved the way Lamprell tread the fine balance between pain and humour in this novel. His ability to do this allowed him to cleverly navigate his way through some incredibly confronting issues – a daughter who punches out a classmate, a son with a stash of drugs in his room, and a general sense of personal dissatisfaction.

O’Dell doesn’t die. On the contrary, the car accident teaches him how to live again and although it takes some time, he does eventually find his way.

“You are an unremarkable man living an unremarkable life except for this single thing: you love and are splendidly loved. You will never paint a masterpiece or engineer a great bridge or leave any lasting monument to yourself. But you have been swept into the river of love and you know how to swim there and you are teaching your children how to swim as your parents taught you and your teach will teach theirs and on it will go.

This is your legacy, your luck, your glory and your magnificence.”

The Dinner, Herman Koch

ImageThis is one of those books from my TBR pile. I think it landed there because of a review I read somewhere … not sure where exactly … but it was there and I read it. I’m not sure what I was expecting from this book – clearly, some tale about a dinner as the title so clearly indicates and I was anticipating food and characters and perhaps an unusual location. I read the book with the cover pictured here so I might have been looking for a shellfish of sorts. I’m not entirely sure. And I have to confess that I wasn’t totally disappointed: there is a dinner and there are characters and the food is certainly interesting.

What I wasn’t prepared for was the depth that I found in this truly unusual story. And by depth I don’t mean deep thinking stuff, I mean totally mind blowing, out of my reality kind of stuff. I was totally unprepared for what unfolded in this text, for the responses of the characters and the way they dealt with the situation at hand. I’m not going to go into it too closely because it will totally destroy the book for those of you wanting to read it. I’ll just say that there is a socially provocative event involving a homeless person and some upper class boys and what struck me was the way the boys’ parents elected to respond (or not) to the boys’ behaviour.

In some ways, what was really interesting was glossed over – a tortured marriage, an adopted child and his fate, amongst other things. I expect Koch did this intentionally, a means of flummoxing readers, leading them down one path tenderly even though they really want to go down another path that seems more entertaining from a distance but really isn’t at all. I was intrigued by the way the action all unfolded over this multiple-course meal with foods that were so gourmet they were almost invisible. I loved the way the waiter flicked his pinkie while describing the food, the irritation of the patrons as they examined their plates, hoping the pinkie flicking would stop so that they could just enjoy their meal. It all added to the tortured atmosphere and made me realise the absolute dysfunction of so many families; and this is the essence of this book, an incredibly dysfunctional and disturbing (read disturbing) family who teeters on the edge of society and amazingly doesn’t drown or land up imprisoned or perhaps institutionalised.

I am not sure what I learned from this book. I am sure that I am absolutely so grateful for my normal and often irritating brood.

 

An idea taken from Iris

I just love this idea: 1001 books to read before you die. Thank you Irisonbooks. I know I have more important things to do with my time – especially the 4 book reviews I really should have posted quite some time ago – but this seems like too much fun to ignore! So, in line with irisonbooks, here goes! The highlighted books are those that I have read and I think there are about 145 out of this list that I have read at one time or another:

 

  1. History of Love by Nicole Krauss (2012)
  2. Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (2012)
  3. There but for the by Ali Smith (2012)
  4. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (2012)
  5. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (2012)
  6. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (2012)
  7. A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore (2012)
  8. Cain by Jose Saramago (2012)
  9. Nemesis by Philip Roth (2012)
  10. 1Q84 Books 1 and 2 by Haruki Murakami (2012)
  11. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (2012)
  12. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (2010) [France, French]
  13. The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt (2010) [UK, English]
  14. Invisible by Paul Auster (2010) [USA, English]
  15. American Rust by Philipp Meyer (2010) [USA, English]
  16. Cost: A Novel by Roxana Robinson (2010) [USA, English]
  17. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (2010) [India/Australia, English, Booker]
  18. Home by Marilynne Robinson (2010) [USA, English, Orange]
  19. Kieron Smith, Boy by James Kelman (2010) [UK, English]
  20. The Gathering by Anne Enright (2010) [Ireland, English, Booker]
  21. The Blind Side Of The Heart by Julia Franck (2010) [Germany, German]
  22. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (2010) [USA/Dominican, English, Pulitzer]
  23. Animal’s People by Indra Sinha (2008) [UK/India, English]
  24. Falling Man by Don DeLillo (2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  25. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (2008) [Pakistan, English]
  26. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2008, 2010) [Nigeria, English, Orange]
  27. The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell (2008) [USA/France, French]
  28. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai (2008, 2010) [India, English, Booker]
  29. Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon (2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  30. Carry Me Down by M.J. Hyland (2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  31. Mother’s Milk by Edward St. Aubyn (2008, 2010) [UK/South Africa, English]
  32. Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann (2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  33. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka (2008) [UK, English]
  34. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro (2006) [Japan/UK, English]
  35. Saturday – Ian McEwan (2006) [UK, English]
  36. On Beauty – Zadie Smith (2006) [UK, English]
  37. Slow Man – J.M. Coetzee (2006) [South Africa/Australia, English]
  38. Adjunct: An Undigest – Peter Manson (2006) [UK, English]
  39. The Accidental by Ali Smith (2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  40. The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst (2008, 2010) [UK, English, Booker]
  41. 2666 by Roberto Bolano (2008, 2010) [Chile, Spanish]
  42. Small Island by Andrea Levy [UK, English, Orange]
  43. The Sea – John Banville (2006, 2008, 2010) [Ireland, English, Booker]
  44. The Book about Blanche and Marie by Per Olov Enquist (2008, 2010) [Sweden, Swedish]
  45. The Red Queen – Margaret Drabble (2006) [UK, English]
  46. The Plot Against America – Philip Roth [USA, English]
  47. The Master – Colm Tóibín (2006, 2008, 2010) [Ireland, English]
  48. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky (2008, 2010) [Russia/France, French]
  49. The Swarm by Frank Schatzing (2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  50. Vanishing Point – David Markson (2006)
  51. The Lambs of London – Peter Ackroyd (2006)
  52. Dining on Stones – Iain Sinclair (2006)
  53. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK/English]
  54. Your Face Tomorrow by Javier Marias (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  55. A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz (2008, 2010) [Israel, Hebrew]
  56. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon [UK/English]
  57. Drop City – T. Coraghessan Boyle (2006)
  58. The Colour – Rose Tremain (2006)
  59. Thursbitch – Alan Garner (2006)
  60. The Light of Day – Graham Swift (2006)
  61. What I Loved – Siri Hustvedt (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA/English]
  62. Lady Number Thirteen by Jose Carlos Somoza (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  63. The Successor by Ismail Kadare (2008, 2010) [Albania, Albanian]
  64. Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre (2008, 2010) [Booker]
  65. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (2008, 2010) [India/USA, English]
  66. Islands – Dan Sleigh [South Africa, English]
  67. Unless – Carol Shields (2006) [US/Canada, English]
  68. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami (2006, 2008, 2010) [Japan, Japanese]
  69. Elizabeth Costello – J.M. Coetzee (2006) [South Africa/Australia, English]
  70. London Orbital – Iain Sinclair (2006)
  71. Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry (2006)
  72. Fingersmith – Sarah Waters (2006)
  73. The Double – José Saramago (2006) [Portugal, Portuguese]
  74. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer (2006, 2008, 2010)
  75. The Story of Lucy Gault – William Trevor (2006)
  76. That They May Face the Rising Sun – John McGahern (2006)
  77. In the Forest – Edna O’Brien (2006)
  78. Shroud – John Banville (2006) [Ireland, English]
  79. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides (2006) [USA, English Pulitzer]
  80. Youth – J.M. Coetzee (2006) [South Africa/Australia, English]
  81. Dead Air – Iain Banks (2006)
  82. Nowhere Man – Aleksandar Hemon (2006, 2008, 2010) [Yugoslavia, English]
  83. Snow by Orhan Pamuk (2008, 2010) [Turkey, Turkish, Nobel]
  84. Platform – Michael Houellebecq (2006, 2008, 2010)
  85. The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  86. Don’t Move – Margaret Mazzantini (2006)
  87. The Body Artist – Don DeLillo (2006) [USA, English]
  88. Fury – Salman Rushdie (2006) [UK/India, English]
  89. At Swim, Two Boys – Jamie O’Neill (2006)
  90. Choke – Chuck Palahniuk (2006)
  91. Life of Pi – Yann Martel (2006, 2008, 2010) [Canada, English, Booker]
  92. The Book of Illusions – Paul Auster (2006) [USA, English]
  93. Gabriel’s Gift – Hanif Kureishi (2006) [UK, English]
  94. Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  95. Schooling – Heather McGowan (2006)
  96. Atonement – Ian McEwan (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  97. Soldiers of Salamis by Javer Cercas (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  98. I’m Not Scared by Niccolo Ammaniti (2008, 2010) [Italian]
  99. The Feast of the Goat – Mario Vargos Llosa (2006, 2008, 2010) [ Peru, Spanish, Nobel]
  100. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon [US, English, Pulitzer]
  101. An Obedient Father – Akhil Sharma (2006)
  102. The Devil and Miss Prym – Paulo Coelho (2006, 2008, 2010) [Brazil, Portuguese]
  103. Spring Flowers, Spring Frost – Ismail Kadare (2006, 2008, 2010) [Albania, Albanian]
  104. The Heart of Redness – Zakes Mda [South Africa]
  105. Under the Skin – Michel Faber (2006, 2008, 2010) [Australia/Netherlands, English]
  106. White Teeth – Zadie Smith (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  107. City of God – E.L. Doctorow (2006) [USA, English]
  108. How the Dead Live – Will Self (2006)
  109. The Human Stain – Philip Roth (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  110. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood (2006) [Canada, English, Booker]
  111. After the Quake – Haruki Murakami (2006) [Japan, Japanese]
  112. Small Remedies – Shashi Deshpande [India, English]
  113. Ignorance – Milan Kundera (2006) [Czech/France, Czech]
  114. Nineteen Seventy Seven – David Peace (2006)
  115. Celestial Harmonies – Péter Esterházy (2006, 2008, 2010) [Hungary, Hungarian]
  116. Bartleby and Co. by Enrique Vila-Matas (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  117. Super-Cannes – J.G. Ballard (2006)
  118. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski (2006) [USA, English]
  119. Blonde – Joyce Carol Oates (2006) [USA, English]
  120. Pastoralia – George Saunders (2006) [USA, English]
  121. Everything You Need – A.L. Kennedy (2006)
  122. Fear and Trembling – Amélie Nothomb (2006, 2008, 2010) [Belgium/Japan, French]
  123. The Museum of Unconditional Surrender by Dubravka Urgresic (2008, 2010) [Croatia, Croatian]
  124. In Search of Klingsor by Jorge Volpi (2008, 2010) [Mexico, Spanish]
  125. Pavel’s Letters by Monika Maron (2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  126. Timbuktu – Paul Auster (2006) [USA, English]
  127. The Romantics – Pankaj Mishra (2006) [India]
  128. Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson (2006) [USA, English]
  129. As If I Am Not There – Slavenka Drakulic (2006, 2008, 2010) [Croatia, Croatian]
  130. The Ground Beneath Her Feet – Salman Rushdie (2006) [UK/India, English]
  131. Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee (2006, 2008, 2010) [South Africa/Australia, English, Booker]
  132. Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano (2008, 2010) [Chile, Spanish]
  133. Dirty Havana Trilogy by Pedro Juan Guitierrez (2008, 2010) [Cuba, Spanish]
  134. The Talk of the Town – Ardal O’Hanlon (2006, 2008, 2010)
  135. Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami (2006) [Japan, Japanese]
  136. Elementary Particles – Michel Houellebecq (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  137. The Heretic by Miguel Delibes (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  138. Intimacy – Hanif Kureishi (2006) [UK, English]
  139. Amsterdam – Ian McEwan (2006) [UK, English, Booker]
  140. Cloudsplitter – Russell Banks (2006) [USA, English]
  141. All Souls Day – Cees Nooteboom (2006, 2008, 2010) [Netherlands, Dutch]
  142. Tipping the Velvet – Sarah Waters (2006)
  143. Glamorama – Bret Easton Ellis (2006) [USA, English]
  144. Another World – Pat Barker (2006)
  145. The Hours – Michael Cunningham (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English, Pulitzer]
  146. Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho (2006, 2008, 2010) [Brazil, Portuguese]
  147. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  148. Crossfire by Miyabe Miyuki (2008, 2010) [Japan, Japanese]
  149. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden (2006) [USA, English]
  150. Great Apes – Will Self (2006)
  151. Enduring Love – Ian McEwan (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  152. Underworld – Don DeLillo (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  153. Jack Maggs – Peter Carey (2006, 2008, 2010) [Australia, English]
  154. Money to Burn by Ricardo Piglia (2008, 2010) [Argentina, Spanish]
  155. The Life of Insects – Victor Pelevin (2006, 2008, 2010) [Russia, Russian]
  156. Margot and the Angels by Kristien Hemmerechts (2008, 2010) [Belgium, Flemish]
  157. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon (2006) [USA, English]
  158. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy (2006, 2008, 2010) [India, English, Booker]
  159. American Pastoral – Philip Roth (2006) [USA, English]
  160. The Untouchable – John Banville (2006) [Ireland, English]
  161. Silk – Alessandro Baricco (2006, 2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  162. Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald (2008, 2010) [Canada, English]
  163. A Light Comedy by Eduardo Mendoza (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  164. Cocaine Nights – J.G. Ballard (2006)
  165. Hallucinating Foucault – Patricia Duncker (2006, 2008, 2010)
  166. Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels (2006, 2008, 2010) [Canada, English, Orange]
  167. The Ghost Road – Pat Barker (2006, 2008, 2010)
  168. Forever a Stranger – Hella Haasse (2006, 2008, 2010)
  169. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace (2006, 2008, 2010)
  170. The Clay Machine-Gun – Victor Pelevin (2006, 2008, 2010) [Russia, Russian]
  171. Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood (2006, 2008, 2010) [Canada, English]
  172. The Unconsoled – Kazuo Ishiguro (2006, 2008, 2010) [Japan/UK, English]
  173. Morvern Callar – Alan Warner (2006, 2008, 2010)
  174. Santa Evita by Tomas Eloy Martinez (2008, 2010) [Argentina, Spanish]
  175. The Information – Martin Amis (2006) [UK, English]
  176. The Moor’s Last Sigh – Salman Rushdie (2006) [UK/India, English]
  177. Sabbath’s Theater – Philip Roth (2006) [USA, English]
  178. The Rings of Saturn – W.G. Sebald (2006) [Germany, German]
  179. The Reader – Bernhard Schlink (2006, 2008, 2010)
  180. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry (2006, 2008, 2010) [India/Canada, English]
  181. Love’s Work – Gillian Rose (2006, 2008, 2010)
  182. The End of the Story – Lydia Davis (2006, 2008, 2010)
  183. The Late-Night News by Petros Markaris (2008, 2010) [Greece, Greek]
  184. Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante (2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  185. Mr. Vertigo – Paul Auster (2006) [USA, English]
  186. The Folding Star – Alan Hollinghurst (2006)
  187. Whatever – Michel Houellebecq (2006, 2008, 2010)
  188. Land – Park Kyong-ni (2006, 2008, 2010)
  189. Our Lady of Assassins by Fernando Vallejo (2008, 2010) [Colombia, Spanish]
  190. The Master of Petersburg – J.M. Coetzee (2006) [South Africa/Australia, English]
  191. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami (2006, 2008, 2010) [Japan, Japanese]
  192. Pereira Declares: A Testimony – Antonio Tabucchi (2006, 2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  193. City Sister Silver – Jàchym Topol (2006, 2008, 2010)
  194. How Late It Was, How Late – James Kelman (2006, 2008, 2010)
  195. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres (2006, 2008, 2010)
  196. Felicia’s Journey – William Trevor (2006, 2008, 2010)
  197. Deep River by Shusaku Endo (2008, 2010)
  198. Disappearance – David Dabydeen (2006, 2008, 2010)
  199. The Invention of Curried Sausage – Uwe Timm (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  200. Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light by Ivan Klima (2008, 2010)
  201. The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx (2006, 2008, 2010)
  202. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh (2006)
  203. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks (2006, 2008, 2010)
  204. Looking for the Possible Dance – A.L. Kennedy (2006, 2008, 2010)
  205. The Twins by Tessa de Loo (2008, 2010)
  206. Operation Shylock – Philip Roth (2006) [USA, English]
  207. Complicity – Iain Banks (2006)
  208. On Love – Alain de Botton (2006, 2008, 2010) [Switzerland, French]
  209. What a Carve Up! – Jonathan Coe (2006, 2008, 2010)
  210. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth (2006, 2008, 2010) [India, English]
  211. The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields (2006, 2008, 2010) [US/Canada, English, Pulitzer]
  212. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides (2006, 2008, 2010)
  213. The Holder of the World by Bharati Mukherjee (2008, 2010) [USA/India, English]
  214. Remembering Babylon by David Malouf (2008, 2010) [Australia, English]
  215. The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll by Alvaro Mutis (2008, 2010) [Colombia, Spanish]
  216. The House of Doctor Dee – Peter Ackroyd (2006)
  217. The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood (2006) [Canada, English]
  218. The Emigrants – W.G. Sebald (2006) [Germany, German]
  219. The Secret History – Donna Tartt (2006, 2008, 2010)
  220. Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas (2008, 2010) [Cuba, Spanish]
  221. Life is a Caravanserai – Emine Özdamar (2006, 2008, 2010) [Turkey, Turkish]
  222. The Discovery of Heaven – Harry Mulisch (2006, 2008, 2010)
  223. Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture by Apostolos Doxiadis (2008, 2010) [Greece, Greek]
  224. The Triple Mirror of the Self by Zulfikar Ghose (2008, 2010) [USA/India, English]
  225. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy (2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  226. A Heart So White – Javier Marias (2006) [Spain, Spanish]
  227. Possessing the Secret of Joy – Alice Walker (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  228. Jazz – Toni Morrison (2006) [USA, English]
  229. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje (2006, 2008, 2010) [Canada, English, Booker]
  230. Indigo – Marina Warner (2006, 2008, 2010)
  231. The Crow Road – Iain Banks (2006, 2008, 2010)
  232. Written on the Body – Jeanette Winterson (2006, 2008, 2010)
  233. The Dumas Club by Arturo Perez-Reverte (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  234. Smilla’s Sense of Snow – Peter Høeg (2006, 2008, 2010)
  235. The Butcher Boy – Patrick McCabe (2006, 2008, 2010)
  236. Black Water – Joyce Carol Oates (2006) [USA, English]
  237. The Heather Blazing – Colm Tóibín (2006)
  238. Asphodel – H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) (2006, 2008, 2010)
  239. Memoirs of Rain by Sunetra Gupta (2008, 2010) [UK/India, English]
  240. Black Dogs – Ian McEwan (2006) [UK, English]
  241. Hideous Kinky – Esther Freud (2006, 2008, 2010)
  242. Arcadia – Jim Crace (2006, 2008, 2010)
  243. Wild Swans – Jung Chang (2006, 2008, 2010)
  244. Time’s Arrow – Martin Amis (2006) [UK, English]
  245. Mao II – Don DeLillo (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  246. Typical – Padgett Powell (2006, 2008, 2010)
  247. Regeneration – Pat Barker (2006, 2008, 2010)
  248. Astradeni by Eugenia Fakinou (2008, 2010) [Greece, Greek]
  249. Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell (2008, 2010) [Sweden, Swedish]
  250. The Laws by Connie Palmen (2008, 2010)
  251. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis (2006, 2008, 2010)
  252. Vineland – Thomas Pynchon (2006) [USA, English]
  253. Vertigo – W.G. Sebald (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  254. Downriver – Iain Sinclair (2006)
  255. The Daughter by Pavlos Matesis (2008, 2010) [Greece, Greek]
  256. Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord – Louis de Bernieres (2006)
  257. Wise Children – Angela Carter (2006)
  258. Get Shorty – Elmore Leonard (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  259. Amongst Women – John McGahern (2006, 2008, 2010)
  260. Stone Junction – Jim Dodge (2006, 2008, 2010)
  261. The Music of Chance – Paul Auster (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  262. The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  263. The Midnight Examiner – William Kotzwinkle (2006, 2008, 2010)
  264. The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh (2008, 2010) [India, English]
  265. Possession – A.S. Byatt (2006)
  266. The Buddha of Suburbia – Hanif Kureishi (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  267. A Home at the End of the World – Michael Cunningham (2006)
  268. Like Life – Lorrie Moore (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  269. A Disaffection – James Kelman (2006)
  270. Sexing the Cherry – Jeanette Winterson (2006, 2008, 2010)
  271. Moon Palace – Paul Auster (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  272. London Fields – Martin Amis (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  273. Billy Bathgate – E.L. Doctorow (2006) [USA, English]
  274. Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro (2006, 2008, 2010) [Japan/UK, English]
  275. The Melancholy of Resistance – László Krasznahorkai (2006, 2008, 2010) [Hungary, Hungarian]
  276. The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor (2008, 2010) [India, English]
  277. The Temple of My Familiar – Alice Walker (2006) [USA, English]
  278. The Trick is to Keep Breathing – Janice Galloway (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK-Scotland, English]
  279. The History of the Siege of Lisbon – José Saramago (2006, 2008, 2010) [Portugal, Portuguese]
  280. Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel (2006, 2008, 2010) [Mexico, Spanish]
  281. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  282. Inland by Gerald Murnane (2008, 2010) [Australia, English]
  283. Obabakoak by Bernando Atxaga (2008, 2010)
  284. Gimmick! by Joost Zwagerman (2008, 2010)
  285. The Book of Evidence – John Banville (2006) [Ireland, English]
  286. Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood (2006) [Canada, English]
  287. Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco (2006, 2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  288. Paradise of the Blind by Duong Thu Huong (2008, 2010)
  289. The Beautiful Room is Empty – Edmund White (2006)
  290. Wittgenstein’s Mistress – David Markson (2006, 2008, 2010)
  291. The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK/India, English]
  292. The Swimming-Pool Library – Alan Hollinghurst (2006, 2008, 2010)
  293. Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey (2006, 2008, 2010) [Australia, English, Booker]
  294. The Last World by Christopher Ransmayr (2008, 2010) [Austria, German]
  295. The First Garden by Anne Herbert (2008, 2010) [Canada, French]
  296. Libra – Don DeLillo (2006) [USA, English]
  297. The Player of Games – Iain M. Banks (2006)
  298. Nervous Conditions – Tsitsi Dangarembga (2006, 2008, 2010)
  299. The Child in Time by Ian McEwan (2006) [UK, English]
  300. Cigarettes by Harry Mathews (2006, 2008, 2010)
  301. The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul – Douglas Adams (2006)
  302. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams (2006, 2008, 2010)
  303. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto (2008, 2010)
  304. The Radiant Way – Margaret Drabble (2006, 2008, 2010)
  305. The Afternoon of a Writer – Peter Handke (2006, 2008, 2010) [Austria, German]
  306. The Passion – Jeanette Winterson (2006)
  307. The Black Dahlia – James Ellroy (2006, 2008, 2010)
  308. The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe (2006, 2008, 2010)
  309. Black Box by Amos Oz [Israel, Hebrew]
  310. The New York Trilogy – Paul Auster (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  311. All Souls by Javier Marias (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  312. Beloved – Toni Morrison (2006, 2008, 2010)
  313. Of Love and Shadows by Isabel Allende (2008, 2010) [Chile, Spanish
  314. The Pigeon – Patrick Süskind (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  315. World’s End by T.C. Boyle (2006, 2008, 2010)
  316. Enigma of Arrival – V.S. Naipaul (2006, 2008, 2010) [Trinidad, English]
  317. The Ballad for Georg Henig by Viktor Paskov (2008, 2010) [Bulgaria, Bulgarian]
  318. The Taebek Mountains – Jo Jung-rae [South Korea, Korean]
  319. Lost Language of Cranes – David Leavitt (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  320. Anagrams – Lorrie Moore (2006, 2008, 2010)
  321. Matigari – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o (2006, 2008, 2010) [Kenya, Kikuyu]
  322. The Old Devils – Kingsley Amis (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  323. Memory of Fire by Eduardo Galeano (2008, 2010) [Uruguay, Spanish]
  324. An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro (2006, 2008, 2010) [Japan/UK, English]
  325. Extinction – Thomas Bernhard (2006, 2008, 2010) [Austria, German]
  326. Marya – Joyce Carol Oates (2006)
  327. Watchmen – Alan Moore & David Gibbons (2006, 2008, 2010)
  328. Foe – J.M. Coetzee (2006) [South Africa/Australia, English]
  329. The Drowned and the Saved – Primo Levi (2006, 2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  330. The Beautiful Mrs. Seidenman by Szczypiorski (2008, 2010) [Poland, Polish]
  331. Ancestral Voices by Etienne van Heerden (2008, 2010) [South Africa, Afrikaans]
  332. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez (2006, 2008, 2010) [Colombia, Spanish]
  333. The Parable of the Blind – Gert Hofmann (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  334. Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid (2008, 2010)
  335. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson (2006)
  336. The Cider House Rules – John Irving (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  337. Simon and the Oaks by Marianne Fredriksson (2008, 2010) [Sweden, Swedish]
  338. A Maggot – John Fowles (2006)
  339. Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis (2006)
  340. Contact – Carl Sagan (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  341. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  342. Perfume – Patrick Süskind (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  343. Queer – William Burroughs (2006)
  344. Hawksmoor – Peter Ackroyd (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  345. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (2006, 2008, 2010) [Canada, English]
  346. Reasons to Live – Amy Hempel (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  347. Half of Man is Woman by Zhang Xianliang (2008, 2010) [China]
  348. Old Masters – Thomas Bernhard (2006) [Austria, German]
  349. White Noise – Don DeLillo (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  350. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich (2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  351. The Young Man by Botho Strauss (2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  352. Legend – David Gemmell (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  353. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera (2006, 2008, 2010) [Czech/France, Czech]
  354. Dictionary of the Khazars – Milorad Pavic (2006, 2008, 2010)
  355. The Bus Conductor Hines – James Kelman (2006, 2008, 2010)
  356. Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard (2006, 2008, 2010)
  357. The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis – José Saramago (2006, 2008, 2010) [Portugal, Portuguese]
  358. The Lover – Marguerite Duras (2006, 2008, 2010) [Vietnam/France, French]
  359. Democracy by Joan Didion (2008, 2010)
  360. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks (2006, 2008, 2010)
  361. Neuromancer – William Gibson (2006, 2008, 2010)
  362. Nights at the Circus – Angela Carter (2006, 2008, 2010)
  363. Larva: Midsummer Night’s Babel by Julian Rios (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  364. Blood and Guts in High School – Kathy Acker (2006, 2008, 2010)
  365. Professor Martens’ Departure by Jaan Kross (2008, 2010)
  366. Flaubert’s Parrot – Julian Barnes (2006, 2008, 2010)
  367. Money: A Suicide Note – Martin Amis (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  368. Shame – Salman Rushdie (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK/India, English]
  369. The Witness by Juan Jose Saer (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  370. Fado Alexandrino by Antonio Lobo Antunes (2008, 2010) [Portugal, Portuguese]
  371. The Christmas Oratorio by Goran Tunstrom (2008, 2010) [Sweden, Swedish]
  372. Worstward Ho – Samuel Beckett (2006)
  373. Fools of Fortune – William Trevor (2006)
  374. La Brava – Elmore Leonard (2006, 2008, 2010)
  375. Waterland – Graham Swift (2006, 2008, 2010)
  376. The Life and Times of Michael K – J.M. Coetzee (2006, 2008, 2010) [South Africa/Australia, English, Booker]
  377. The Diary of Jane Somers – Doris Lessing (2006) [UK, English, Nobel]
  378. The Piano Teacher – Elfriede Jelinek (2006, 2008, 2010) [Austria, German]
  379. The Sorrow of Belgium – Hugo Claus (2006, 2008, 2010) [Belgium, Flemish]
  380. Baltasar and Blimunda by Jose Saramago (2008, 2010) [Portugal, Portuguese]
  381. The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa (2008, 2010) [Portugal, Portuguese]
  382. If Not Now, When? – Primo Levi (2006, 2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  383. A Boy’s Own Story – Edmund White (2006, 2008, 2010)
  384. The Color Purple – Alice Walker (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  385. Wittgenstein’s Nephew – Thomas Bernhard (2006, 2008, 2010) [Austria, German]
  386. A Pale View of Hills – Kazuo Ishiguro (2006, 2008, 2010) [Japan/UK, English]
  387. Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally (2006, 2008, 2010)
  388. The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende (2006, 2008, 2010) [Chile, Spanish]
  389. The Newton Letter – John Banville (2006) [Ireland, English]
  390. On the Black Hill – Bruce Chatwin (2006, 2008, 2010)
  391. The Comfort of Strangers – Ian McEwan (2006) [UK, English]
  392. July’s People – Nadine Gordimer (2006, 2008, 2010) [South Africa, English]
  393. Couples, Passerby by Botho Strauss (2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  394. Concrete – Thomas Bernhard (2006) [Austria, German]
  395. The Names – Don DeLillo (2006) [USA, English]
  396. Rabbit is Rich – John Updike (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  397. Lanark: A Life in Four Books – Alasdair Gray (2006, 2008, 2010)
  398. The War of the End of the World by Llosa (2008, 2010) [Peru, Spanish]
  399. Leaden Wings by Zhang Jie (2008, 2010) [China]
  400. The House with the Blind Glass Windows by Wassmo (2008, 2010) [Norway, Norwegian]
  401. Summer in Baden-Baden – Leonid Tsypkin (2006, 2008, 2010) [Russia, Russian]
  402. Waiting for the Barbarians – J.M. Coetzee (2006, 2008, 2010) [South Africa/Australia, English]
  403. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK/India, English]
  404. Rites of Passage – William Golding (2006)
  405. Broken April – Ismail Kadare (2006, 2008, 2010) [Albania, Albanian]
  406. Smell of Sadness by Kossman (2008, 2010)
  407. Rituals – Cees Nooteboom (2006, 2008, 2010) [Netherlands, Dutch]
  408. Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole (2006, 2008, 2010)
  409. Clear Light of Day by Anita Desai (2008, 2010) [India, English]
  410. City Primeval – Elmore Leonard (2006)
  411. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco (2006, 2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  412. Southern Seas by Montalban (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  413. Smiley’s People – John Le Carré(2006, 2008, 2010)
  414. Fool’s Gold by Douka (2008, 2010) [Greece, Greek]
  415. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting – Milan Kundera (2006, 2008, 2010) [Czech/France, Czech]
  416. A Dry White Season by Andre Brink (2008, 2010) [South Africa, English]
  417. Shikasta – Doris Lessing (2006) [UK, English, Nobel]
  418. A Bend in the River – V.S. Naipaul (2006, 2008, 2010) [Trinidad, English]
  419. Burger’s Daughter – Nadine Gordimer (2006, 2008, 2010) [South Africa, English]
  420. So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba (2008, 2010) [Senegal, French]
  421. The Safety Net – Heinrich Böll (2006) [Germany, German]
  422. If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler – Italo Calvino (2006, 2008, 2010) [Cuba/Italy, Italian]
  423. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (2006, 2008, 2010)
  424. The Cement Garden – Ian McEwan (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  425. Yes – Thomas Bernhard (2006) [Austria, German]
  426. The Virgin in the Garden – A.S. Byatt (2006, 2008, 2010)
  427. The Back Room by Gaite (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  428. The World According to Garp – John Irving (2006) [USA, English]
  429. Life: A User’s Manual – Georges Perec (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  430. The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English, Booker]
  431. The Singapore Grip – J.G. Farrell (2006, 2008, 2010)
  432. Requiem for a Dream by Selby (2008, 2010)
  433. The Beggar Maid by Alice Munro (2008, 2010) [Canada, English]
  434. The Passion of New Eve – Angela Carter (2006)
  435. Delta of Venus – Anaïs Nin (2006, 2008, 2010)
  436. The Shining – Stephen King (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  437. Dispatches – Michael Herr (2006, 2008, 2010)
  438. The Wars by Findley (2008, 2010) [Canada, English]
  439. Petals of Blood – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o (2006)
  440. Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  441. The Hour of the Star – Clarice Lispector (2006, 2008, 2010) [Brazil, Portuguese]
  442. Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym (2008, 2010)
  443. The Engineer of Human Souls by Skvorecky (2008, 2010) [Czech/Canada, Czech]
  444. In the Heart of the Country – J.M. Coetzee (2006, 2008, 2010) [South Africa/Australia, English]
  445. Almost Transparent Blue by Ryu Murakami (2008, 2010) [Japan, Japanese]
  446. Kiss of the Spiderwoman by Manuel Puig (2008, 2010) [Argentina, Spanish]
  447. The Left-Handed Woman – Peter Handke (2006, 2008, 2010) [Austria, German]
  448. Ratner’s Star – Don DeLillo (2006) [USA, English]
  449. The Public Burning – Robert Coover (2006)
  450. Interview With the Vampire – Anne Rice (2006, 2008, 2010)
  451. Cutter and Bone – Newton Thornburg (2006, 2008, 2010)
  452. Blaming by Elizabeth Taylor (2008, 2010)
  453. Amateurs – Donald Barthelme (2006)
  454. Patterns of Childhood – Christa Wolf (2006, 2008, 2010)
  455. Autumn of the Patriarch – Gabriel García Márquez (2006, 2008, 2010) [Colombia, Spanish]
  456. W, or the Memory of Childhood – Georges Perec (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  457. A Dance to the Music of Time – Anthony Powell (2006, 2008, 2010)
  458. Dead Babies – Martin Amis (2006) [UK, English]
  459. Correction – Thomas Bernhard (2006, 2008, 2010) [Austria, German]
  460. Grimus – Salman Rushdie (2006) [UK/India, English]
  461. The Dead Father – Donald Barthelme (2006, 2008, 2010)
  462. Fateless – Imre Kertész (2006, 2008, 2010) [Hungary, Hungarian, Nobel]
  463. Willard and His Bowling Trophies – Richard Brautigan (2006, 2008, 2010)
  464. Woman at Point Zero by El Saadawi (2008, 2010) [Egypt, Arabic]
  465. High Rise – J.G. Ballard (2006)
  466. Humboldt’s Gift – Saul Bellow (2006, 2008, 2010) [Canada/USA, English]
  467. The Year of the Hare by Paasilinna (2008, 2010) [Finland, Finnish]
  468. The Commandant by Jessica Anderson (2008, 2010) [Australia, English]
  469. Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  470. The Port by Soljan (2008, 2010) [Croatia, Croatian]
  471. The Fan Man – William Kotzwinkle (2006, 2008, 2010)
  472. Dusklands – J.M. Coetzee (2006, 2008, 2010) [South Africa/Australia, English]
  473. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum – Heinrich Böll (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  474. The Diviners by Margaret Laurence (2008, 2010) [Canada, English]
  475. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin (2008, 2010)
  476. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John Le Carré (2006)
  477. Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (2006) [USA, English]
  478. Fear of Flying – Erica Jong (2006, 2008, 2010)
  479. A Question of Power – Bessie Head (2006, 2008, 2010) [South Africa/Botswana, English]
  480. The Siege of Krishnapur – J.G. Farrell (2006, 2008, 2010)
  481. The Castle of Crossed Destinies – Italo Calvino (2006, 2008, 2010) [Cuba/Italy, Italian]
  482. Crash – J.G. Ballard (2006, 2008, 2010)
  483. The Honorary Consul – Graham Greene (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  484. Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  485. The Black Prince – Iris Murdoch (2006) [UK, English]
  486. Sula – Toni Morrison (2006) [USA, English]
  487. Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino (2006, 2008, 2010) [Cuba/Italy, Italian]
  488. The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty (2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  489. The Twilight Years by Ariyoshi (2008, 2010)
  490. The Breast – Philip Roth (2006) [USA, English]
  491. The Summer Book – Tove Jansson (2006, 2008, 2010) [Finland, Finnish]
  492. G – John Berger (2006, 2008, 2010)
  493. Surfacing – Margaret Atwood (2006, 2008, 2010) [Canada, English]
  494. House Mother Normal – B.S. Johnson (2006, 2008, 2010)
  495. In A Free State – V.S. Naipaul (2006, 2008, 2010) [Trinidad, English]
  496. Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro (2008, 2010) [Canada, English]
  497. The Book of Daniel – E.L. Doctorow (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  498. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson (2006, 2008, 2010)
  499. Group Portrait With Lady – Heinrich Böll (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  500. Cataract by Osadchyi (2008, 2010)
  501. The Wild Boys – William Burroughs (2006)
  502. Rabbit Redux – John Updike (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  503. The Sea of Fertility – Yukio Mishima (2006, 2008, 2010)
  504. The Driver’s Seat – Muriel Spark (2006)
  505. The Ogre – Michael Tournier (2006)
  506. The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison (2006, 2008, 2010)
  507. Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick – Peter Handke (2006) [Austria, German]
  508. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou (2006, 2008, 2010)
  509. A World for Julius by Echenique (2008, 2010) [Peru, Spanish]
  510. Mercier et Camier – Samuel Beckett (2006)
  511. Troubles – J.G. Farrell
  512. Jahrestage – Uwe Johnson (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  513. Play It As it Lays by Joan Didion (2008, 2010)
  514. Fifth Business by Robertson Davies (2008, 2010) [Canada, English]
  515. Here’s to You, Jesusa by Poniatowska (2008, 2010) [Mexico, Spanish]
  516. Season of Migration to the North by Salih (2008, 2010) [Sudan, Arabic]
  517. Heartbreak Tango by Manuel Puig (2008, 2010) [Argentina, Spanish]
  518. Moscow Stations by Erofeyev (2008, 2010) [Russia, Russian]
  519. The Case Worker by Konrad (2008, 2010) [Hungary, Hungarian]
  520. The Atrocity Exhibition – J.G. Ballard (2006)
  521. Tent of Miracles – Jorge Amado (2006, 2008, 2010) [Brazil, Portuguese]
  522. Pricksongs and Descants – Robert Coover (2006, 2008, 2010)
  523. Blind Man With a Pistol – Chester Hines (2006, 2008, 2010)
  524. Slaughterhouse-five – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  525. The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles (2006, 2008, 2010)
  526. The Green Man – Kingsley Amis (2006) [UK, English]
  527. Jacob the Liar by Becker (2008, 2010)
  528. Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  529. The Godfather – Mario Puzo (2006, 2008, 2010)
  530. Ada – Vladimir Nabokov (2006, 2008, 2010)
  531. Them – Joyce Carol Oates (2006, 2008, 2010)
  532. A Void/Avoid – Georges Perec (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  533. The First Circle – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (2006, 2008, 2010) [Russia, Russian]
  534. Myra Breckinridge – Gore Vidal (2006, 2008, 2010)
  535. Cancer Ward – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (2006, 2008, 2010) [Russia, Russian]
  536. The Nice and the Good – Iris Murdoch (2006) [UK, English]
  537. Belle du Seigneur – Albert Cohen (2006, 2008, 2010) [Greece/Switzerland, French]
  538. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke (2006, 2008, 2010)
  539. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick (2006, 2008, 2010)
  540. The Quest for Christa T. – Christa Wolf (2006, 2008, 2010)
  541. Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid – Malcolm Lowry (2006)
  542. The German Lesson – Siegfried Lenz (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  543. In Watermelon Sugar – Richard Brautigan (2006, 2008, 2010)
  544. A Kestrel for a Knave – Barry Hines (2006, 2008, 2010)
  545. The Cathedral by Honchar (2008, 2010)
  546. Eva Trout – Elizabeth Bowen (2006, 2008, 2010)
  547. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  548. Day of the Dolphin by Robert Merle (2008, 2010) [Algeria/France, French]
  549. No Laughing Matter – Angus Wilson (2006, 2008, 2010)
  550. Chocky – John Wyndham (2006)
  551. The Cubs and Other Stories – Mario Vargas Llosa (2006) [Peru, Spanish]
  552. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez (2006, 2008, 2010) [Colombia, Spanish]
  553. The Manor by Isaac Bashevis Singer (2008, 2010) [Poland, Yiddish]
  554. Pilgrimage – Dorothy Richardson (2006, 2008, 2010)
  555. The Joke – Milan Kundera (2006)
  556. Z by Vassilikos (2008, 2010) [Greece, Greek]
  557. Miramar by Mahfouz (2008, 2010) [Egypt, Arabic]
  558. The Third Policeman – Flann O’Brien (2006, 2008, 2010)
  559. Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys (2006, 2008, 2010)
  560. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov (2006, 2008, 2010) [Russia, Russian]
  561. A Man Asleep – Georges Perec (2006) [France, French]
  562. The Birds Fall Down – Rebecca West (2006)
  563. Trawl – B.S. Johnson (2006)
  564. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  565. The Magus – John Fowles (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  566. The Vice-Consul – Marguerite Duras (2006, 2008, 2010) [Vietnam/France, French]
  567. Marks of Identity by Juan Goytisolo (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  568. Giles Goat-Boy – John Barth (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  569. The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  570. To Each His Own by Sciascia (2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  571. Silence by Shusaku Endo (2008, 2010)
  572. Death and the Dervish by Selimovic (2008, 2010)
  573. Things – Georges Perec (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  574. August is a Wicked Month – Edna O’Brien (2006)
  575. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater – Kurt Vonnegut (2006) [USA, English]
  576. Everything That Rises Must Converge – Flannery O’Connor (2006, 2008, 2010)
  577. Garden, Ashes by Kis (2008, 2010)
  578. The River Between – Ngugi wa Thiong’o (2006, 2008, 2010) [Kenya, English]
  579. Closely Watched Trains by Hrabal (2008, 2010)
  580. Back to Oegstgeest by Wolkers (2008, 2010)
  581. The Passion According to G.H. – Clarice Lispector (2006, 2008, 2010)
  582. Sometimes a Great Notion – Ken Kesey (2006, 2008, 2010)
  583. Three Trapped Tigers by Infante (2008, 2010) [Cuba, Spanish]
  584. Come Back, Dr. Caligari – Donald Bartholme (2006)
  585. Albert Angelo – B.S. Johnson (2006)
  586. Arrow of God – Chinua Achebe (2006, 2008, 2010) [Nigeria, English]
  587. The Ravishing of Lol V. Stein – Marguerite Duras (2006, 2008, 2010) [Vietnam/France, French]
  588. Herzog – Saul Bellow (2006, 2008, 2010) [Canada/USA, English]
  589. V. – Thomas Pynchon (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  590. Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  591. The Graduate – Charles Webb (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  592. Manon des Sources – Marcel Pagnol (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  593. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold – John Le Carré (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  594. The Girls of Slender Means – Muriel Spark (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  595. Inside Mr. Enderby – Anthony Burgess (2006, 2008, 2010)
  596. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  597. Dog Years by Gunter Grass (2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  598. The Third Wedding by Taktsis (2008, 2010) [Greece, Greek]
  599. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (2006, 2008, 2010) [Russia, Russian]
  600. The Time of the Hero by Llosa (2008, 2010) [Peru, Spanish]
  601. The Death of Artemio Cruz by Fuentes (2008, 2010) [Colombia, Spanish]
  602. The Collector – John Fowles (2006)
  603. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  604. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  605. Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov (2006, 2008, 2010)
  606. Time of Silence by Luis Martin Santos (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  607. The Drowned World – J.G. Ballard (2006)
  608. The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English, Nobel]
  609. Labyrinths – Jorge Luis Borges (2006, 2008, 2010) [Argentina, Spanish]
  610. Girl With Green Eyes – Edna O’Brien (2006, 2008, 2010)
  611. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis – Giorgio Bassani (2006, 2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  612. Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert Heinlein (2006, 2008, 2010)
  613. Memoirs of a Peasant Boy by Vilos (2008, 2010)
  614. Faces in the Water – Janet Frame (2006, 2008, 2010) [New Zealand, English]
  615. No One Writes to the Colonel by Marquez (2008, 2010) [Colombia, Spanish]
  616. Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  617. A Severed Head – Iris Murdoch (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  618. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  619. Cat and Mouse – Günter Grass (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  620. Solaris – Stanislaw Lem (2006, 2008, 2010) [Poland, Polish]
  621. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller (2006, 2008, 2010)
  622. The Shipyard by Onetti (2008, 2010) [Uruguay, Spanish]
  623. God’s Bits of Wood by Sembene (2008, 2010) [Senegal, French]
  624. Bebo’s Girl by Cassola (2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  625. The Violent Bear it Away – Flannery O’Connor (2006) [USA, English]
  626. How It Is – Samuel Beckett (2006)
  627. Our Ancestors – Italo Calvino (2006) [Cuba/Italy, Italian]
  628. The Country Girls – Edna O’Brien(2006, 2008, 2010)
  629. Halftime by Martin Walser (2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  630. The Magician of Lublin by Isaac Bashevis Singer (2008, 2010) [Poland, Yiddish]
  631. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  632. Rabbit, Run – John Updike (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  633. Promise at Dawn – Romain Gary (2006, 2008, 2010) [Lithuania/France, French]
  634. Absolute Beginners – Colin MacInnes (2006, 2008, 2010)
  635. Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse (2006, 2008, 2010)
  636. Naked Lunch – William Burroughs (2006, 2008, 2010)
  637. The Tin Drum – Günter Grass (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  638. Cider With Rosie – Laurie Lee (2006, 2008, 2010)
  639. Down Second Avenue by Mphahlele (2008, 2010) [South Africa, English]
  640. Henderson the Rain King – Saul Bellow (2006) [Canada/USA, English]
  641. Memento Mori – Muriel Spark (2006) [UK, English]
  642. Billiards at Half-Past Nine – Heinrich Böll (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  643. Pluck the Bud and Destroy the Offspring – Kenzaburo Oe (2006, 2008, 2010) [Japan, Japanese]
  644. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  645. Deep Rivers by Arguedas (2008, 2010) [Peru, Spanish]
  646. The Leopard – Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (2006, 2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  647. The Guide by Narayan (2008, 2010) [India, English]
  648. The Bitter Glass – Eilís Dillon (2006, 2008, 2010)
  649. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe (2006, 2008, 2010)
  650. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – Alan Sillitoe (2006, 2008, 2010)
  651. Gabriela, Clove, and Cinnamon by Jorge Amada (2008, 2010)
  652. Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris – Paul Gallico (2006)
  653. Borstal Boy – Brendan Behan (2006, 2008, 2010)
  654. The Bell – Iris Murdoch (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  655. The End of the Road – John Barth (2006) [USA, English]
  656. The Once and Future King – T.H. White (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK/India, English]
  657. The Birds by Vesaas (2008, 2010) [Norway, Norwegian]
  658. Jealousy – Alain Robbe-Grillet (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  659. Voss – Patrick White (2006, 2008, 2010) [Australia, English]
  660. The Midwich Cuckoos – John Wyndham (2006, 2008, 2010)
  661. Blue Noon – Georges Bataille (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  662. Homo Faber – Max Frisch (2006, 2008, 2010) [Swiss, German]
  663. The Deadbeats by Ruyslinck (2008, 2010) [Belgium, Dutch]
  664. The Manila Rope by Meri (2008, 2010) [Finland, Finnish]
  665. On the Road – Jack Kerouac (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  666. Pnin – Vladimir Nabokov (2006, 2008, 2010)
  667. Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak (2006, 2008, 2010) [Russia, Russian]
  668. The Glass Bees by Junger (2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  669. The Wonderful “O” – James Thurber (2006)
  670. Justine – Lawrence Durrell (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK/India, English]
  671. Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin (2006, 2008, 2010)
  672. Seize the Day – Saul Bellow (2006) [Canada/USA, English]
  673. The Floating Opera – John Barth (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  674. The Roots of Heaven – Romain Gary (2006, 2008, 2010) [Lithuania/France, French]
  675. The Lonely Londoners – Sam Selvon (2006, 2008, 2010) [Canada, English]
  676. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  677. The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith (2006, 2008, 2010)
  678. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov (2006, 2008, 2010)
  679. The Devil to Pay in the Backlands by Rosa (2008, 2010) [Brazil, Portuguese]
  680. The Last Temptation of Christ – Nikos Kazantzákis (2006, 2008, 2010) [Greece, Greek]
  681. The Tree of Man by Patrick White (2008, 2010) [Australia, English]
  682. A World of Love – Elizabeth Bowen (2006)
  683. The Trusting and the Maimed – James Plunkett (2006, 2008, 2010)
  684. The Quiet American – Graham Greene (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  685. The Burning Plain by Rulfo (2008, 2010) [Mexico, Spanish]
  686. The Recognitions – William Gaddis (2006, 2008, 2010)
  687. The Ragazzi – Pier Paulo Pasolini (2006, 2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  688. I’m Not Stiller – Max Frisch (2006, 2008, 2010) [Swiss, German]
  689. Self Condemned – Wyndham Lewis (2006)
  690. The Unknown Soldier by Linna (2008, 2010) [Finland, Finnish]
  691. The Sound of Waves by Mishima (2008, 2010) [Japan, Japanese]
  692. Death in Rome by Koeppen (2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  693. Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  694. The Mandarins by de Beauvoir (2008, 2010) [France, French]
  695. Lord of the Flies – William Golding (2006, 2008, 2010)
  696. Under the Net – Iris Murdoch (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  697. The Story of O – Pauline Réage (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  698. A Ghost at Noon – Alberto Moravia (2006, 2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  699. A Day in Spring by Kosmac (2008, 2010)
  700. The Dark Child by Laye (2008, 2010) [Guinea, French]
  701. The Go-Between – L.P. Hartley (2006, 2008, 2010)
  702. The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler (2006, 2008, 2010)
  703. The Unnamable – Samuel Beckett (2006)
  704. Watt – Samuel Beckett (2006)
  705. The Hothouse by Koeppen (2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  706. The Lost Steps by Carpentier (2008, 2010) [Cuba/Switzerland, Spanish]
  707. Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  708. Junkie – William Burroughs (2006, 2008, 2010)
  709. Casino Royale – Ian Fleming (2006, 2008, 2010)
  710. *The Adventures of Augie March – Saul Bellow (2006) [Canada/USA, English]
  711. Go Tell It on the Mountain – James Baldwin (2006, 2008, 2010)
  712. A Thousand Cranes by Kawabata (2008, 2010)
  713. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym (2008, 2010)
  714. The Judge and His Hangman – Friedrich Dürrenmatt (2006, 2008, 2010) [Swiss, German]
  715. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison (2006, 2008, 2010)
  716. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway (2006, 2008, 2010)
  717. Wise Blood – Flannery O’Connor (2006, 2008, 2010)
  718. The Hive by Cela (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  719. The Killer Inside Me – Jim Thompson (2006)
  720. Memoirs of Hadrian – Marguerite Yourcenar (2006, 2008, 2010) [Belgium, French]
  721. Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham (2006, 2008, 2010)
  722. Malone Dies – Samuel Beckett (2006, 2008, 2010)
  723. Foundation – Isaac Asimov (2006, 2008, 2010)
  724. The Opposing Shore – Julien Gracq (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  725. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger (2006, 2008, 2010)
  726. The Rebel – Albert Camus (2006, 2008, 2010) [Algeria/France, French]
  727. Molloy – Samuel Beckett (2006, 2008, 2010)
  728. The End of the Affair – Graham Greene (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  729. Barabbas by Lagerkvist (2008, 2010) [Sweden, Swedish]
  730. The Guiltless by Broch (2008, 2010) [Austria/US, German]
  731. The Abbot C – Georges Bataille (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  732. The Labyrinth of Solitude – Octavio Paz (2006, 2008, 2010) [Mexico, Spanish]
  733. The Third Man – Graham Greene (2006) [UK, English]
  734. The 13 Clocks – James Thurber (2006, 2008, 2010)
  735. Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake (2006, 2008, 2010)
  736. The Moon and the Bonfires – Cesare Pavese (2006, 2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  737. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK/Australia, English]
  738. The Grass is Singing – Doris Lessing (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English, Nobel]
  739. I, Robot – Isaac Asimov (2006, 2008, 2010)
  740. The Garden Where the Brass Band Played – Simon Vestdijk (2006, 2008, 2010)
  741. The Case of Comrade Tulayev – Victor Serge (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  742. Love in a Cold Climate – Nancy Mitford (2006, 2008, 2010)
  743. The Heat of the Day – Elizabeth Bowen (2006, 2008, 2010)
  744. Kingdom of This World – Alejo Carpentier (2006, 2008, 2010)
  745. The Man With the Golden Arm – Nelson Algren (2006, 2008, 2010)
  746. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK/India, English]
  747. Death Sentence – Maurice Blanchot (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  748. This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Borowski (2008, 2010) [Poland, Polish]
  749. In the Heart of the Seas by Agnon (2008, 2010) [Israel, Hebrew]
  750. The Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene (2006) [UK, English]
  751. Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton (2006, 2008, 2010) [South Africa, English]
  752. All About H. Hatterr – G.V. Desani (2006, 2008, 2010) [India/Kenya, English]
  753. Disobedience – Alberto Moravia (2006, 2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  754. Ashes and Diamonds by Andrzejewski (2008, 2010) [Poland, Polish]
  755. Journey to the Alcarria by Cela (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  756. Froth on the Daydream by Vian (2008, 2010) [France, French]
  757. Midaq Alley by Mahfouz (2008, 2010) [Egypt, Arabic]
  758. Doctor Faustus – Thomas Mann (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  759. The Plague – Albert Camus (2006, 2008, 2010) [Algeria/France, French]
  760. The Victim – Saul Bellow (2006) [Canada/USA, English]
  761. Exercises in Style – Raymond Queneau (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  762. If This Is a Man – Primo Levi (2006, 2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  763. Under the Volcano – Malcolm Lowry (2006, 2008, 2010)
  764. The Path to the Nest of Spiders – Italo Calvino (2006, 2008, 2010) [Cuba/Italy, Italian]
  765. House in the Uplands by Caldwell (2008, 2010)
  766. Back – Henry Green (2006, 2008, 2010)
  767. Zorba the Greek by Kazantzakis (2008, 2010)
  768. Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake (2006, 2008, 2010)
  769. The Death of Virgil by Broch (2008, 2010) [Austria/US, German]
  770. Andrea by Laforet (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  771. The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy (2008, 2010) [Canada, English]
  772. Bosnian Chronicle by Andric (2008, 2010) [Serbo-Croatia, Bosnian]
  773. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh (2006, 2008, 2010)
  774. Arcanum 17 – André Breton (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  775. Christ Stopped at Eboli – Carlo Levi (2006, 2008, 2010)
  776. The Bridge on the Drina – Ivo Andri? (2006, 2008, 2010)
  777. Animal Farm – George Orwell (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK/India, English]
  778. Cannery Row – John Steinbeck (2006) [USA, English]
  779. The Pursuit of Love – Nancy Mitford (2006)
  780. Loving – Henry Green (2006, 2008, 2010)
  781. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (2008, 2010)
  782. Transit – Anna Seghers (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  783. The Razor’s Edge – William Somerset Maugham (2006, 2008, 2010)
  784. Ficciones – Jorge Luis Borges (2006) [Argentina, Spanish]
  785. Dangling Man – Saul Bellow (2006, 2008, 2010) [Canada/USA, English]
  786. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  787. Joseph and His Brothers by Thomas Mann (2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  788. Caught – Henry Green (2006)
  789. The Glass Bead Game – Herman Hesse (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  790. Chess Story by Zweig (2008, 2010) [Austria, German]
  791. Embers – Sandor Marai (2006, 2008, 2010) [Hungary, Hungarian]
  792. Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner (2006) [USA, English]
  793. The Outsider – Albert Camus (2006, 2008, 2010) [Algeria/France, French]
  794. Conversations in Sicily – Elio Vittorini (2006, 2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  795. The Harvesters by Pavese (2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  796. The Poor Mouth – Flann O’Brien (2006)
  797. The Living and the Dead – Patrick White (2006, 2008, 2010) [Australia, English]
  798. Broad and Alien Is the World by Alegria (2008, 2010) [Spain/Peru, Spanish]
  799. The Man Who Loved Children by Stead (2008, 2010) [Australia, English]
  800. Hangover Square – Patrick Hamilton (2006)
  801. Between the Acts – Virginia Woolf (2006) [UK, English]
  802. The Hamlet – William Faulkner (2006) [USA, English]
  803. Farewell My Lovely – Raymond Chandler (2006)
  804. For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway (2006, 2008, 2010)
  805. The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  806. The Tartar Steppe – Dino Buzzati (2006, 2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  807. Native Son – Richard Wright (2006, 2008, 2010)
  808. Finnegans Wake – James Joyce (2006, 2008, 2010) [Ireland, English]
  809. At Swim-Two-Birds – Flann O’Brien (2006, 2008, 2010)
  810. Tropic of Capricorn – Henry Miller (2006)
  811. Good Morning, Midnight – Jean Rhys (2006, 2008, 2010)
  812. Party Going – Henry Green (2006)
  813. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  814. Coming Up for Air – George Orwell (2006) [UK/India, English]
  815. Goodbye to Berlin – Christopher Isherwood (2006, 2008, 2010)
  816. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler (2006, 2008, 2010)
  817. On the Edge of Reason by Krleza (2008, 2010) [Croatia, Croatian]
  818. After the Death of Don Juan – Sylvie Townsend Warner (2006)
  819. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – Winifred Watson (2006, 2008, 2010)
  820. Nausea – Jean-Paul Sartre (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  821. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier (2006, 2008, 2010)
  822. Alamut by Bartol (2008, 2010)
  823. Cause for Alarm – Eric Ambler (2006, 2008, 2010)
  824. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  825. U.S.A. – John Dos Passos (2006, 2008, 2010)
  826. Murphy – Samuel Beckett (2006, 2008, 2010)
  827. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  828. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston (2006, 2008, 2010)
  829. The Years – Virginia Woolf (2006) [UK, English]
  830. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien (2006, 2008, 2010)
  831. The Blind Owl by Hedayat (2008, 2010)
  832. Ferdydurke by Grombowicz (2008, 2010)
  833. In Parenthesis – David Jones (2006, 2008, 2010)
  834. The Revenge for Love – Wyndham Lewis (2006)
  835. Out of Africa – Isak Dineson (Karen Blixen) (2006, 2008, 2010)
  836. Rickshaw Boy by Lao She (2008, 2010)
  837. To Have and Have Not – Ernest Hemingway (2006) [USA, English]
  838. Summer Will Show – Sylvia Townsend Warner (2006, 2008, 2010)
  839. Eyeless in Gaza – Aldous Huxley (2006, 2008, 2010)
  840. The Thinking Reed – Rebecca West (2006, 2008, 2010)
  841. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  842. Keep the Aspidistra Flying – George Orwell (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK/India, English]
  843. War with the Newts by Capek (2008, 2010)
  844. Wild Harbour – Ian MacPherson (2006)
  845. Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  846. At the Mountains of Madness – H.P. Lovecraft (2006, 2008, 2010)
  847. Nightwood – Djuna Barnes (2006, 2008, 2010)
  848. Independent People – Halldór Laxness (2006, 2008, 2010) [Iceland, Icelandic]
  849. Untouchable by Anand (2008, 2010) [India, English]
  850. The Last of Mr. Norris – Christopher Isherwood (2006, 2008, 2010)
  851. They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? – Horace McCoy (2006, 2008, 2010)
  852. Auto-da-Fé – Elias Canetti (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK/Austria, German]
  853. The House in Paris – Elizabeth Bowen (2006)
  854. England Made Me – Graham Greene (2006) [UK, English]
  855. Burmese Days – George Orwell (2006) [UK/India, English]
  856. The Nine Tailors – Dorothy L. Sayers (2006, 2008, 2010)
  857. The Bells of Basel by Aragon (2008, 2010) [France, French]
  858. On the Heights of Despair by Cioran (2008, 2010)
  859. Threepenny Novel – Bertolt Brecht (2006)
  860. Novel With Cocaine – M. Ageyev (2006)
  861. The Postman Always Rings Twice – James M. Cain (2006, 2008, 2010)
  862. Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller (2006, 2008, 2010)
  863. A Handful of Dust – Evelyn Waugh (2006)
  864. Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  865. Thank You, Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse (2006, 2008, 2010)
  866. The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz (2008, 2010) [Poland, Polish]
  867. Call it Sleep – Henry Roth (2006, 2008, 2010)
  868. Miss Lonelyhearts – Nathanael West (2006, 2008, 2010)
  869. Murder Must Advertise – Dorothy L. Sayers (2006, 2008, 2010)
  870. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas – Gertrude Stein (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  871. Testament of Youth – Vera Brittain (2006, 2008, 2010)
  872. A Day Off – Storm Jameson (2006, 2008, 2010)
  873. Man’s Fate by Malraux (2008, 2010) [France, French]
  874. Cheese by Elsschot (2008, 2010) [Belgium, Flemish]
  875. The Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil (2006, 2008, 2010) [Austria/Germany, German]
  876. Vipers’ Tangle by Mauriac (2008, 2010) [France, French]
  877. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley (2006, 2008, 2010)
  878. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons (2006, 2008, 2010)
  879. The Forbidden Realm by Slauerhoff (2008, 2010)
  880. The Radetzky March – Joseph Roth (2006, 2008, 2010) [Austria, German]
  881. The Return of Philip Latinowicz by Krleza (2008, 2010) [Croatia, Croatian]
  882. A Scots Quair (Sunset Song) – Lewis Grassic Gibbon (2006)
  883. Journey to the End of the Night – Louis-Ferdinand Céline (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  884. The Thin Man – Dashiell Hammett (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  885. To the North – Elizabeth Bowen (2006, 2008, 2010)
  886. The Waves – Virginia Woolf (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  887. Insatiability by Witkiwicz (2008, 2010) [Poland, Polish]
  888. Monica by Saunders Lewis (2008, 2010)
  889. The Glass Key – Dashiell Hammett (2006) [USA, English]
  890. Cakes and Ale – W. Somerset Maugham (2006)
  891. The Apes of God – Wyndham Lewis (2006, 2008, 2010)
  892. Her Privates We – Frederic Manning (2006, 2008, 2010) [Australia, English]
  893. Vile Bodies – Evelyn Waugh (2006)
  894. The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  895. Look Homeward, Angel – Thomas Wolfe (2006, 2008, 2010)
  896. Hebdomeros – Giorgio de Chirico (2006)
  897. Passing – Nella Larsen (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  898. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway (2006, 2008, 2010)
  899. I Thought of Daisy by Edmund Wilson (2008, 2010)
  900. Red Harvest – Dashiell Hammett (2006) [USA, English]
  901. Living – Henry Green (2006, 2008, 2010)
  902. The Time of Indifference – Alberto Moravia (2006, 2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  903. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque [Germany, German]
  904. Berlin Alexanderplatz – Alfred Döblin (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany/France, German]
  905. The Last September – Elizabeth Bowen (2006)
  906. Harriet Hume – Rebecca West (2006)
  907. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner (2006) [USA, English]
  908. Les Enfants Terribles – Jean Cocteau (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  909. Retreat without Song by Shahnour (2008, 2010)
  910. Story of the Eye – Georges Bataille (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  911. Orlando – Virginia Woolf (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  912. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  913. The Well of Loneliness – Radclyffe Hall (2006, 2008, 2010)
  914. Parade’s End – Ford Madox Ford (2006, 2008, 2010)
  915. Some Prefer Nettles by Tanizaki (2008, 2010) [Japan, Japanese}
  916. The Childermass – Wyndham Lewis (2006)
  917. Quartet – Jean Rhys (2006)
  918. Decline and Fall – Evelyn Waugh (2006, 2008, 2010)
  919. Quicksand – Nella Larsen (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  920. Nadja – André Breton (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  921. Steppenwolf – Herman Hesse (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  922. Remembrance of Things Past – Marcel Proust(2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  923. To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  924. Tarka the Otter – Henry Williamson (2006, 2008, 2010)
  925. The Case of Sergeant Grischa by Arnold Zweig (2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  926. Amerika – Franz Kafka (2006, 2008, 2010) [Czech, German]
  927. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  928. Blindness – Henry Green (2006, 2008, 2010)
  929. The Castle – Franz Kafka (2006, 2008, 2010) [Czech, German]
  930. Alberta and Jacob by Sandel (2008, 2010) [Norway, Norwegian]
  931. The Good Soldier Švejk – Jaroslav Hašek (2006, 2008, 2010)
  932. Under Satan’s Sun by Bernanos (2008, 2010) [France, French]
  933. The Plumed Serpent – D.H. Lawrence (2006) [UK, English]
  934. One, None and a Hundred Thousand – Luigi Pirandello (2006, 2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  935. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie (2006, 2008, 2010)
  936. The Making of Americans – Gertrude Stein (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  937. Chaka the Zulu by Mofolo (2008, 2010) [South Africa, Sesotho]
  938. Manhattan Transfer – John Dos Passos (2006)
  939. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  940. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  941. The Counterfeiters – André Gide (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  942. The Trial – Franz Kafka (2006, 2008, 2010) [Czech, German]
  943. The Artamonov Business – Maxim Gorky (2006, 2008, 2010) [Russia, Russian]
  944. The Professor’s House – Willa Cather (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English}
  945. The New World by Welde Selasse (2008, 2010)
  946. Billy Budd, Foretopman – Herman Melville (2006) [USA, English]
  947. The Green Hat – Michael Arlen (2006, 2008, 2010)
  948. The Magic Mountain – Thomas Mann (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  949. We – Yevgeny Zamyatin (2006, 2008, 2010) [Russia, Russian]
  950. A Passage to India – E.M. Forster (2006, 2008, 2010)
  951. The Devil in the Flesh – Raymond Radiguet (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  952. Zeno’s Conscience – Italo Svevo (2006, 2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  953. Cane – Jean Toomer (2006)
  954. Antic Hay – Aldous Huxley (2006)
  955. Amok – Stefan Zweig (2006, 2008, 2010) [Austria, German]
  956. Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (2008, 2010) [Norway, Norwegian]
  957. The Garden Party – Katherine Mansfield (2006)
  958. The Enormous Room – E.E. Cummings (2006, 2008, 2010)
  959. Jacob’s Room – Virginia Woolf (2006) [UK, English]
  960. Siddhartha – Herman Hesse (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  961. The Forest of the Hanged by Rebreanu (2008, 2010)
  962. The Glimpses of the Moon – Edith Wharton (2006) [USA, English]
  963. Life and Death of Harriett Frean – May Sinclair (2006, 2008, 2010)
  964. Claudine’s House by Colette (2008, 2010) [France, French]
  965. The Last Days of Humanity – Karl Kraus (2006)
  966. Aaron’s Rod – D.H. Lawrence (2006) [UK, English]
  967. Babbitt – Sinclair Lewis (2006, 2008, 2010)
  968. Ulysses – James Joyce (2006, 2008, 2010) [Ireland, English]
  969. Life of Christ by Papini (2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  970. The Fox – D.H. Lawrence (2006) [UK, English]
  971. Crome Yellow – Aldous Huxley (2006, 2008, 2010)
  972. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English, Pulitzer]
  973. Main Street – Sinclair Lewis (2006, 2008, 2010)
  974. Women in Love – D.H. Lawrence (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  975. The Storm of Steel by Ernst Junger (2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  976. Night and Day – Virginia Woolf (2006) [UK, English]
  977. Tarr – Wyndham Lewis (2006, 2008, 2010)
  978. The Return of the Soldier – Rebecca West (2006, 2008, 2010)
  979. The Shadow Line – Joseph Conrad (2006) [Poland/UK, English]
  980. Summer – Edith Wharton (2006) [USA, English]
  981. Growth of the Soil – Knut Hamsen (2006, 2008, 2010) [Norway, Norwegian]
  982. The Home and the World by Tagore (2008, 2010) [India, Bengali]
  983. Pallieter by Timmermans (2008, 2010) [Belgium, Dutch]
  984. The Underdogs by Azuela (2008, 2010) [Mexico, Spanish]
  985. Bunner Sisters – Edith Wharton (2006) [USA, English]
  986. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce (2006, 2008, 2010) [Ireland, English]
  987. Under Fire – Henri Barbusse (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  988. Rashomon – Akutagawa Ryunosuke (2006, 2008, 2010) [Japan, Japanese]
  989. The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford (2006, 2008, 2010)
  990. The Voyage Out – Virginia Woolf (2006) [UK, English]
  991. Of Human Bondage – William Somerset Maugham (2006, 2008, 2010)
  992. The Rainbow – D.H. Lawrence (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  993. The Thirty-Nine Steps – John Buchan (2006, 2008, 2010)
  994. Kokoro – Natsume Soseki (2006, 2008, 2010) [Japan, Japanese]
  995. Locus Solus – Raymond Roussel (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  996. Rosshalde – Herman Hesse (2006) [Germany, German]
  997. Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs (2006, 2008, 2010)
  998. Platero and I by Jimenez (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  999. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Robert Tressell (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1000. Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  1001. Death in Venice – Thomas Mann (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  1002. The Charwoman’s Daughter – James Stephens (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1003. Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  1004. Fantômas – Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  1005. Impressions of Africa – Raymond Roussel (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  1006. Howards End – E.M. Forster (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1007. The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rilke (2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  1008. Three Lives – Gertrude Stein (2006)
  1009. Martin Eden – Jack London (2006)
  1010. Strait is the Gate – André Gide (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  1011. A Room With a View – E.M. Forster (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1012. Tono-Bungay – H.G. Wells (2006)
  1013. The Inferno – Henri Barbusse (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  1014. The Iron Heel – Jack London (2006)
  1015. The Old Wives’ Tale – Arnold Bennett (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1016. The House on the Borderland – William Hope Hodgson (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1017. Mother – Maxim Gorky (2006, 2008, 2010) [Russia, Russian]
  1018. The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1019. The Jungle – Upton Sinclair (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1020. The Forsyte Saga – John Galsworthy (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1021. Young Törless – Robert Musil (2006, 2008, 2010) [Austria/Germany, German]
  1022. Solitude by Catala (2008, 2010)
  1023. Professor Unrat – Heinrich Mann (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  1024. The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
  1025. Where Angels Fear to Tread – E.M. Forster (2006)
  1026. Nostromo – Joseph Conrad (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1027. Hadrian the Seventh – Frederick Rolfe (2006, 2008, 2010) [Belgium, French]
  1028. The Way of All Flesh by Butler (2008, 2010)
  1029. Memoirs of My Nervous Illness by Schreber (2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  1030. The Call of the Wild by Jack London (2008, 2010)
  1031. The Riddle of the Sands – Erskine Childers (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1032. The Golden Bowl – Henry James (2006) [USA/UK, English]
  1033. The Ambassadors – Henry James (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA/UK, English]
  1034. The Immoralist – André Gide (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  1035. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA/UK, English]
  1036. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1037. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1038. Buddenbrooks – Thomas Mann (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  1039. Kim – Rudyard Kipling (2006, 2008, 2010) [India, English]
  1040. None but the Brave by Schnitzler (2008, 2010) [Austria, German]
  1041. Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad (2006)
  1042. Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1043. Sandokan: The Tigers of Mompracem by Salgari (2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  1044. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. – Somerville and Ross (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1045. Eclipse of the Crescent Moon by Gardonyi (2008, 2010) [Hungary, Hungarian]
  1046. The Stechlin – Theodor Fontane (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  1047. The Awakening – Kate Chopin (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1048. Dom Casmurro by de Assis (2008, 2010) [Brazil, Portuguese]
  1049. As a Man Grows Older by Svevo (2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  1050. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James (2006) [USA/UK, English]
  1051. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1052. Fruits of the Earth – André Gide (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  1053. Pharoah by Prus (2008, 2010) [Poland, Polish]
  1054. Compassion by Perez Galdos (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  1055. The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells (2006)
  1056. What Maisie Knew – Henry James (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA/UK, English]
  1057. Dracula – Bram Stoker (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1058. Quo Vadis – Henryk Sienkiewicz (2006, 2008, 2010) [Poland, Polish]
  1059. The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1060. The Time Machine – H.G. Wells (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1061. Effi Briest – Theodor Fontane (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1062. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  1063. The Viceroys by De Roberto (2008, 2010) [Italy, Italian]
  1064. The Real Charlotte – Somerville and Ross (2006)
  1065. The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman (2006)
  1066. Born in Exile – George Gissing (2006)
  1067. Diary of a Nobody – George & Weedon Grossmith (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1068. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK-Scotland, English]
  1069. News from Nowhere – William Morris (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1070. New Grub Street – George Gissing (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1071. Gösta Berling’s Saga – Selma Lagerlöf (2006, 2008, 2010) [Sweden, Swedish]
  1072. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
  1073. Down There by Huysmans (2008, 2010) [France, French]
  1074. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1075. The Kreutzer Sonata – Leo Tolstoy (2006, 2008, 2010) [Russia, Russian]
  1076. Thais by Anatole France (2008, 2010) [France, French]
  1077. La Bête Humaine – Émile Zola (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  1078. By the Open Sea – st (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1079. Hunger – Knut Hamsun (2006, 2008, 2010) [Norway, Norwegian]
  1080. Eline Vere by Couperus (2008, 2010)
  1081. The Child of Pleasure by D’Annunzio (2008, 2010)
  1082. Under the Yoke by Vazov (2008, 2010) [Bulgaria, Bulgarian]
  1083. The Master of Ballantrae – Robert Louis Stevenson (2006)
  1084. Pierre and Jean – Guy de Maupassant (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  1085. Fortunata and Jacinta – Benito Pérez Galdés (2006) [Spain, Spanish]
  1086. The People of Hemsö – August Strindberg (2006, 2008, 2010) [Sweden, Swedish]
  1087. The Manors of Ulloa by Bazan (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  1088. The Woodlanders – Thomas Hardy (2006) [UK, English]
  1089. She – H. Rider Haggard (2006)
  1090. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1091. The Quest by Frederik van Eeden (2008, 2010) [the Netherlands, Dutch]
  1092. The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy (2006) [UK, English]
  1093. Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson (2006)
  1094. King Solomon’s Mines – H. Rider Haggard (2006, 2008, 2010)
  1095. Germinal – Émile Zola (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
  1096. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  1097. Marius the Epicurean – Walter Pater
  1098. Bel-Ami – Guy de Maupassant [France, French]
  1099. The Regent’s Wife by Leopoldo Alas (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  1100. Against the Grain – Joris-Karl Huysmans [France, French]
  1101. The Death of Ivan Ilyich – Leo Tolstoy [Russia, Russian]
  1102. A Woman’s Life – Guy de Maupassant [France, French]
  1103. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  1104. Bouvard and Pécuchet – Gustave Flaubert [France, French]
  1105. The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas by de Assis (2008, 2010) [Brazil, Portuguese]
  1106. The House by the Medlar Tree – Giovanni Verga [Italy, Italian]
  1107. The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James [USA/UK, English]
  1108. Ben-Hur – Lew Wallace
  1109. Nana – Émile Zola [France, French]
  1110. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky (2006) [Russia, Russian]
  1111. The Red Room – August Strindberg [Sweden, Swedish]
  1112. Martin Fierro by Hernandez (2008, 2010) [Argentina, Spanish]
  1113. Return of the Native – Thomas Hardy (2006) [UK, English]
  1114. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy [Russia, Russian]
  1115. Drunkard – Émile Zola [France, French]
  1116. The Crime of Father Amaro by de Queiros (2008, 2010) [Portugal, Portuguese]
  1117. Pepita Jimenez by Valera (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  1118. Virgin Soil – Ivan Turgenev (2006) [Russia, Russian]
  1119. Daniel Deronda – George Eliot (2006)
  1120. The Hand of Ethelberta – Thomas Hardy (2006) [UK, English]
  1121. The Temptation of Saint Anthony – Gustave Flaubert (2006) [France, French]
  1122. Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy [UK, English]
  1123. The Enchanted Wanderer – Nicolai Leskov [Russia, Russian]
  1124. Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne [France, French]
  1125. In a Glass Darkly – Sheridan Le Fanu
  1126. The Devils – Fyodor Dostoevsky [Russia, Russian]
  1127. Erewhon – Samuel Butler
  1128. Spring Torrents – Ivan Turgenev [Russia, Russian]
  1129. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  1130. Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
  1131. King Lear of the Steppes – Ivan Turgenev [Russia, Russian]
  1132. He Knew He Was Right – Anthony Trollope (2006)
  1133. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy [Russia, Russian]
  1134. Sentimental Education – Gustave Flaubert [France, French]
  1135. Phineas Finn – Anthony Trollope
  1136. Maldoror – Comte de Lautréaumont [France/Uruguay, French]
  1137. The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky [Russia, Russian]
  1138. The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
  1139. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  1140. Thérèse Raquin – Émile Zola [France, French]
  1141. The Last Chronicle of Barset – Anthony Trollope
  1142. Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne [France, French]
  1143. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky [Russia, Russian]
  1144. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  1145. Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens (2006) [UK, English]
  1146. Uncle Silas – Sheridan Le Fanu
  1147. Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky [Russia, Russian]
  1148. The Water-Babies – Charles Kingsley
  1149. Les Misérables – Victor Hugo
  1150. Fathers and Sons – Ivan Turgenev [Russia, Russian]
  1151. Silas Marner – George Eliot
  1152. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens [UK, English]
  1153. The Marble Faun – Nathaniel Hawthorne (2006)
  1154. Max Havelaar – Multatuli
  1155. On the Eve – Ivan Turgenev (2006) [Russia, Russian]
  1156. Castle Richmond – Anthony Trollope (2006)
  1157. The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot
  1158. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  1159. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens (2006) [UK, English]
  1160. Oblomovka – Ivan Goncharov [Russia, Russian]
  1161. Adam Bede – George Eliot
  1162. Indian Summer by Stifter (2008, 2010) [Austria, German]
  1163. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert [France, French]
  1164. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell [UK, English]
  1165. Green Henry by Keller (2008, 2010) [Swiss, German]
  1166. Hard Times – Charles Dickens (2006) [UK, English]
  1167. Walden – Henry David Thoreau [USA, English]
  1168. Bleak House – Charles Dickens [UK, English]
  1169. Villette – Charlotte Brontë (2006) [UK, English]
  1170. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell [UK, English]
  1171. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  1172. The Blithedale Romance – Nathaniel Hawthorne (2006) [USA, English]
  1173. The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne [USA, English]
  1174. Moby-Dick – Herman Melville [USA, English]
  1175. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne [USA, English]
  1176. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens [UK, English]
  1177. Shirley – Charlotte Brontë (2006) [UK, English]
  1178. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell (2006) [UK, English]
  1179. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë [UK, English]
  1180. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë [UK, English]
  1181. Agnes Grey – Anne Brontë (2006) [UK, English]
  1182. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë [UK, English]
  1183. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray [UK/India, English]
  1184. The Count of Monte-Cristo – Alexandre Dumas [France, French]
  1185. The Devil’s Fool by George Sand (2008, 2010) [France, French]
  1186. Facundo by Sarmiento (2008, 2010) [Argentina, Spanish]
  1187. La Reine Margot – Alexandre Dumas (2006) [France, French]
  1188. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas [France, French]
  1189. The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allan Poe (2006) [USA, English]
  1190. Martin Chuzzlewit – Charles Dickens (2006) [UK, English]
  1191. The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe [USA, English]
  1192. Lost Illusions – Honoré de Balzac [France, French]
  1193. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens (2006) [UK, English]
  1194. Dead Souls – Nikolai Gogol [Ukraine, Russian]
  1195. A Hero for our Times by Lermontov (2008, 2010) [Russia, Russian]
  1196. Camera Obscura by Hildebrand (2008, 2010)
  1197. The Charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal [France, French]
  1198. The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe
  1199. The Lion of Flanders by Hendrik Conscience (2008, 2010) [Belgium, Flemish]
  1200. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens (2006) [UK, English]
  1201. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens [UK, English]
  1202. The Nose – Nikolay Gogol [Ukraine, Russian]
  1203. Le Père Goriot – Honoré de Balzac [France, French]
  1204. Eugénie Grandet – Honoré de Balzac [France, French]
  1205. Eugene Onegin by Pushkin (2008, 2010) [Russia, Russian]
  1206. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo [France, French]
  1207. The Red and the Black – Stendhal [France, French]
  1208. The Betrothed – Alessandro Manzoni [Italy, Italian]
  1209. Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
  1210. The L ife of a Good-for-Nothing by von Eichendorff (2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  1211. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner – James Hogg
  1212. The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr by Hoffman (2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  1213. The Albigenses – Charles Robert Maturin (2006)
  1214. Melmoth the Wanderer – Charles Robert Maturin
  1215. The Monastery – Sir Walter Scott (2006)
  1216. Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott
  1217. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  1218. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen (2006)
  1219. Persuasion – Jane Austen (2006)
  1220. Ormond – Maria Edgeworth (2006)
  1221. Rob Roy – Sir Walter Scott
  1222. Emma – Jane Austen
  1223. Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
  1224. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  1225. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  1226. Michael Kohlhaas by von Kleist (2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  1227. The Absentee – Maria Edgeworth (2006)
  1228. Elective Affinities – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [Germany, German]
  1229. Rameau’s Nephew – Denis Diderot [France, French]
  1230. Henry of Ofterdingen by Novalis (2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  1231. Castle Rackrent – Maria Edgeworth
  1232. Hyperion – Friedrich Hölderlin [Germany, German]
  1233. The Nun – Denis Diderot [France, French]
  1234. Jacques the Fatalist – Denis Diderot [France, French]
  1235. Camilla – Fanny Burney
  1236. The Monk – M.G. Lewis
  1237. Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [Germany, German]
  1238. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
  1239. The Interesting Narrative – Olaudah Equiano
  1240. The Adventures of Caleb Williams – William Godwin
  1241. A Dream of Red Mansions by Xueqin (2008, 2010)
  1242. Justine – Marquis de Sade [France, French]
  1243. Vathek – William Beckford [UK, French]
  1244. Anton Reiser by Moritz (2008, 2010)
  1245. The 120 Days of Sodom – Marquis de Sade [France, French]
  1246. Cecilia – Fanny Burney (2006)
  1247. Confessions – Jean-Jacques Rousseau [Switzerland/France, French]
  1248. Dangerous Liaisons – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos [France, French]
  1249. Reveries of a Solitary Walker – Jean-Jacques Rousseau [Switzerland/France, French]
  1250. Evelina – Fanny Burney
  1251. The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [Germany, German]
  1252. Humphrey Clinker – Tobias George Smollett
  1253. The Man of Feeling – Henry Mackenzie
  1254. A Sentimental Journey – Laurence Sterne
  1255. Tristram Shandy – Laurence Sterne
  1256. The Vicar of Wakefield – Oliver Goldsmith
  1257. The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole
  1258. Émile; or, On Education – Jean-Jacques Rousseau [Switzerland/France, French]
  1259. Julie; or, the New Eloise – Jean-Jacques Rousseau [Switzerland/France, French]
  1260. Rasselas – Samuel Johnson
  1261. Candide – Voltaire [France, French]
  1262. The Female Quixote – Charlotte Lennox
  1263. Amelia – Henry Fielding (2006)
  1264. Peregrine Pickle – Tobias George Smollett
  1265. Fanny Hill – John Cleland
  1266. Tom Jones – Henry Fielding
  1267. Roderick Random – Tobias George Smollett (2006)
  1268. Clarissa – Samuel Richardson
  1269. Pamela – Samuel Richardson
  1270. Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus – J. Arbuthnot, J. Gay, T. Parnell, A. Pope, J. Swift
  1271. Joseph Andrews – Henry Fielding
  1272. A Modest Proposal – Jonathan Swift
  1273. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
  1274. Roxana – Daniel Defoe (2006)
  1275. Moll Flanders – Daniel Defoe
  1276. Love in Excess – Eliza Haywood
  1277. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
  1278. A Tale of a Tub – Jonathan Swift (2006)
  1279. Oroonoko – Aphra Behn
  1280. The Princess of Clèves – Marie-Madelaine Pioche de Lavergne, Comtesse de La Fayette [France, French]
  1281. The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan (2006)
  1282. The Adventurous Simplicissimus by von Grimmelshausen (2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
  1283. The Conquest of New Spain by Diaz del Castillo (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  1284. The Travels of Persiles and Sigismunda by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  1285. Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra [Spain, Spanish]
  1286. The Golden Ass – Lucius Apuleius
  1287. Thomas of Reading by Deloney (2008, 2010)
  1288. The Unfortunate Traveller – Thomas Nashe
  1289. Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit – John Lyly (2006)
  1290. Monkey: Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en (2008, 2010) [China]
  1291. The Lusiad by Vaz de Camoes (2008, 2010) [Portugal, Portuguese]
  1292. Gargantua and Pantagruel – Françoise Rabelais [France, French]
  1293. The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  1294. Amadis of Gaul by de Montalvo (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  1295. La Celestina by de Rojas (2008, 2010) [Spain, Spanish]
  1296. Tirant lo Blanc by Martorell (2008, 2010)
  1297. The Water Margin by Nai’an (2008, 2010)
  1298. Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Guanzhong (2008, 2010)
  1299. The Tale of Gengi (2008, 2010) [Japan, Japanese]
  1300. The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter (2008, 2010)
  1301. The Thousand and One Nights – Anonymous [Arabic]
  1302. Aithiopika – Heliodorus (2006)
  1303. Chaireas and Kallirhoe – Chariton (2006)
  1304. Metamorphoses – Ovid (2006)
  1305. Aesop’s Fables – Aesopus (2006)

The Embassy of Cambodia, Zadie Smith

And the wonderful Zadie Smith has written another wonderful story in The Embassy of Cambodia, a short, sharp insight into a snippet of the life of Fatou, an indentured housekeeper in London. I love Smith’s writing, the density of meaning in her prose, its loaded quality.

This book uses an obscure “embassy of Cambodia” which appears in the London suburb of Willesden. The narrator has no idea about Cambodia, where it is, its history. But she regularly passes the Embassy and watches from outside the walls, a badminton shuttlecock sail back and forth – “Pock. Smash. Pock. Smash.” Fatou’s story unfolds in segments, told between the folds of her. Insane existence in London. Readers hear about her father, swimming, an encounter in a hotel with a Russian man. For all she has endured, Fatou has simple desires and expectations. She accepts her lot in life, the limitations placed on her by her class, position, culture and gender. Beneath this acceptance, Smith has woven a fascinating commentary on modern society:

“The fact is if we followed the history of every little country in this world – in its dramatic as well as quiet times – we would have no space left in which to live our own lives or to apply ourselves to our necessary tasks, never mind indulge in occasional pleasures, like swimming. Surely there is something to be said for drawing a circle around our attention and remaining within that circle. But how large should this circle be?”

This conundrum is at the centre of Smith’s concerns – “Was it wrong to hope to be happy?” How far should Fatou seek to find herself a place in this new world? Where should she settle and with what and whom?

I can’t hide the fact that I think Zadie Smith is a true genius. Even just this short story is filled to the brim with wonder and awe inspiring insights. It is well worth the read.

The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton

Well, I did it. I finished this massive weight of a novel. Finally. I feel as though I have been through a heavy storm and barely survived, coming out at the other side all sullied and muddied and muddled. I can’t shake the feeling that I have missed something central and important in this book. I’m not certain whether this is a product of the fact that it took me so long to read or whether there was indeed something else that I was supposed to gather …

I quite liked Catton’s structure, the way she prefaced each chapter with a little blurb. That helped me navigate my way through the various characters and the complexity of the plots and sub plots and sub sub plots. I did find though that by the end I was a bit over these blurbs and really just wanted a sense of resolution which I am still not sure that I have.

I was unfamiliar with the era that Catton describes in this book and I found this context fascinating and enlightening. It is clear that a large volume of formidable research has gone into constructing this very true to life account of the gold rush and life in New Zealand in the 1860s. I dare to say that this alone makes this book worth reading – especially for the historically naive, like me!

I confess that I struggled enormously with all the celestial references and if the book wasn’t so daunting and large and hard to read the first time, I would probably read it again just to pay closer attention to the phases of the moon and their significance … For there is clearly some significance to this and I expect that it contributes to the essence of the book itself.

In short, I am glad I read it, if only because of the Everest scaling feeling that I now have. However, I am not sure that I actually enjoyed it and I am even more uncertain that I would recommend it to all readers. I won’t deny that it is prize worthy and that it represents a great feat of accomplishment on so many levels for the author, but it left me wanting.

Frog Music, Emma Donoghue

Frog Music is nothing like Donoghue’s much acclaimed novel, Room. It is different in every way and that struck me as quite remarkable. So often writers fall into a groove of sorts and then struggle to emerge from the other side and recreate themselves anew. Donoghue has indeed proven her abilities as a master of a particular kind in this book.

Set in San Francisco in 1876, Frog Music is an historical fiction. One of the most powerful elements of this tale is not the plot, nor the characters, but rather the atmosphere of the city as it sweltered in an unusually hot and plague ridden summer. The street scenes in this book breathe with a life of their own and the cityscape is almost a subtext to the story itself. Donoghue depicts San Francisco as a cultural melting point wrought with racial friction and intense discrimination. The world she describes is replete with poverty, underpaid Chinese workers and a lively prostitution industry. The characters in this text each play a central role in fleshing out this drama. Woven into this tapestry is a patriarchal domination which drives our protagonist to action.

While the novel is based upon real events through the character Jenny (something I didn’t know until I had finished reading it!), what really intrigued me was the protagonist, Blanche. From the outset, Blanche is depicted as a strong, forceful woman who is successful enough to own a building, charge rent to tenants and buy all she needs to live in the fashion to which she has become accustomed. She has built her small kingdom through dancing and prostitution which it seems she clearly enjoys – for a wide range of reasons. She lives with her beau and his sometimes ‘friend’, Ernest, both of whom seem to have no occupation apart from wasting Blanche’s hard earned wages.

The novel details Blanche’s journey toward self revelation. She comes to realize that she is, in fact, alone. That she has no true friends. Throughout the tale she is so self absorbed that by the time she realizes all of this it is too late and she struggles to alter the impact of her blindness to the suffering of others. The revelation hits her on page 292 – “the tears are spilling out of Blanche’s sockets; her head has turned to hot liquid and she’s moaning like some blinded calf. Crying … for Jenny’s life. For the short, lousy lives of all the children.”

I won’t spoilt the story by revealing much more. I will only say that what has stayed with me from this book is summed up in the following:

“Funny how universal that impulse is, to make your mark, even on water.”

Mark Haddon, The Red House

I‘ve been trying to work out what it is about Mark Haddon’s writing that so appeals to me. I can’t quite seem to put my finger on it. He has such a distinctive style that it is difficult to pinpoint the exact element which stands out as stellar.

Haddon tells a story through his characters and their inner thoughts. On one level, his writing seems disjointed, fractured, fragmented and at first, it was a challenge to sink into this book. But then something happens and suddenly you are committed to the story and the people and their lives and you need to know, you have to see the resolution, how they come together or are torn apart.

I’ve read a few of Haddon’s books now and they all seem to be an intimate portrait of family and the intricacies which make each one so unique. This book was no exception. I don’t think it is Haddon’s best work, but I am glad I read it for it made me think and reconsider how I relate to others, particularly those closest to me.

 

When Hungry, Eat, Joanne Fedler

ImageWe all know that when it comes to writing, Fedler has a gift. It’s a gift that comes in a large box and when you peel away the wrapping, you realise that it’s the kind of gift that gives endlessly, that unfolds slowly over time, that touches you in places you didn’t know existed. This is what makes Fedler one of THOSE kinds of writers. You know the type I mean, a writer to envy, with passion that pulses in the shallow surface below her words; a writer who means what she says and says what she means and then dresses it up as though the words are going to the Oscars or some equally brazen event where people sparkle and someone talented like my beautiful cousin Gita Bass does their make up.

I read this book in one sitting, punctuated by about 7 hours of sleep which struck when I seriously couldn’t hold off any longer – and I tried, really I did. 

There was so much about this book that made me tingle. Clearly I related to Fedler’s story: my parents decided we were going to immigrate when I was about 14 years old and my brother and I were so angry with them that we didn’t speak to them for quite some time. I remember feeling as though they had stolen something primal from me and for a very long time it felt that way. So I empathised with the essence of Fedler’s story because it too was my story, and the story of so many people I know.

Fedler’s honesty in this book took my breath away. She writes so frankly about her family and herself that I felt at times as though I had crawled into her skin and was walking with her, a mile in her shoes so to speak. I still can’t shake the notion that if I bumped into her Granny Bee in Heaven I would know her simply by her gait, perched on high heels, immaculate with an egg lifter balanced against perfectly manicured nails. 

But at the same time I feel as though Fedler is somewhat of an enigma. She writes what could be described as popular fiction but with a flair of magnitude that is simply breath taking. Her books are filled with awe inspiring words of wisdom:

“I don’t believe God punishes sin … Personally, I prefer ‘There’s no such thing as a free lunch’. You can call the bill that arrives in the post ‘punishment’ or ‘karma’, but you still have to pay it.

I don’t know if God answers prayers or creates miracles. For my part … I have always spoken to God easily, but that could just be me… I also believe that if we pray for the ‘right’ things, like insight, wisdom and strength to deal with the problems and crises of our lives, then our prayers will surely be answered. Praying to win the Lotto or for a Mercedes hatchback is putting a call through to the wrong department. Isn’t that Santa Claus’s jurisdiction?”

 

How true. That we should all pray for the strength to live through all that God sends us and Fedler’s prayers have clearly been answered. 

I could continue waxing lyrical about the various achievements of this book. I could explain to you the mammoth contribution that Fedler made to the position of many women in South Africa, I could tell you of her battle with food, the trials of her moving across the world with her small family, trying to recreate a life for herself and for them while battling her own demons. I could tell you about her love for her family, her parents, grandparents, her intense passion for her Jewish identity. But that would all be for naught. I will simply say: READ THIS BOOK. Stop everything, go to the nearest library, bookstore, website, friend and READ THIS BOOK. Beg, borrow or steal it. But read it. You will not be sorry. I certainly wasn’t.

A Book Binging Bonanza

Some people binge on food. They eat until they are going to burst and then just when they think they can’t fit another slice of anything into their already exploding belly, they eat some more. They stop just before they vomit and then they sit and percolate until there is the tiniest vacuum and they jump in for more. Some people struggle with this type of relationship with food. It is mostly beyond my ability to comprehend, mostly, but not entirely.

While the foodies are wiping grease and marshmallow clouds off their lips with the backs of their sleeves, I am doing the same with a book … although it’s different. I know people who sneak chocolate, hide it down the side of their couches, eat it while no one is looking in quite furtive bits. I sneak books. I confess. I do, I always have and I probably always will.

When I know I should be sleeping, when my brain is so exhausted from processing information that I am sure it is going to spontaneously combust, I can still muster the power to consume another page, a sentence, just a few more words. If you really want to drive me crazy, interrupt me in the middle of a book. Any book. If you see my eyes glaze over with love, my posture bending into the words on the page, you know I am gone, as though some Italian Romeo has swept me off my feet and sprinkled star dust in my eyes, whisked me off to some other planet when there is only soft pillows and mountains and mountains of words on pages.

So it is with much joy that I can announce that this week has been a book binging bonanza of the most brilliant kind. It started with Condon’s beauty which I reviewed here and I can hardly believe that that romance was so brief and over only a few short days ago. It continued with an unlikely find: Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes by Per Petterson and the grand finale was Fedler’s monumental and intensely emotional roller coaster, When Hungry, Eat.

Confession: I have no idea who Per Petterson is, where he lives, what he does when he isn’t writing lovely books like Ashes in My Mouth, and I don’t think I care. All I know is that when I last visited the library (love the library), I was desperate to immerse myself for half an hour in between the pages of a million new possibilities but there was no air conditioning and while I’m committed, I’m not entirely insane. So I raced through the aisles anxiously grabbing at things instead of pacing myself and perusing leisurely. I came home with a haphazard assortment and Petterson’s little gem was in the pile.

ImageWhat can I tell you about this book? To start with it is quirky – in size and in subject matter and even, at times, in tone. It is only 120 pages and measures about a small hand span in size (I am small and it’s my hand that is spanning its height). The first chapter is entitled: “A Man Without Shoes”. I love the way Petterson introduces readers to his protagonist -

“Dad had a face that Arvid loved to watch, and at the same time made him nervous as it wasn’t just a face but also a rock in the forest with its furrows and hollows, at least if he squinted when he looked. Of course you can be a bit unsettled if you look at your dad and suddenly there is a large rock where his head used to be.”

- and it’s a translation! Seriously this man is a genius! Our young narrator continues: “But most of the time Dad was just Dad, someone that Arvid liked and dared to touch.”

This book is about a lot of things, but mostly, what struck me was the purity of Arvid’s relationship with his father. The adoration with which he could watch his Dad’s body move beneath his blue shirt, the intense attachment he felt to his family and the enormous volume of things that he just didn’t understand.

I loved everything about this book. It’s simplicity, the way it so resembled the landscape which formed its backdrop – a simple lack, large wooden houses, a barn – and the enormous weight of events like the death of a grandfather which teeter on the edge of a little boy’s notion of his world. I loved the way Arvid called his neighbour ‘FATSO’ in a rage of anger, which was true, because he was fat and everyone else called him Fatso, although not to his face, and I loved even more the fact that Fatso forgave him the way he couldn’t forgive himself, the way that he told Arvid it was ok it he wanted to keep using the nomenclature, and then, suddenly, it no longer tasted so good. There was so much to love about this book …

except the ending. I didn’t like the end. It left me … I’m not sure of the right word … unfulfilled. It could well be that this was Petterson’s motive, a captivating insight into the lives of ordinary people which are really incredibly mundane and uneventful. Perhaps. But the interjection of the reference to the war in the final page and Arvid’s placating ‘I know, I know’ didn’t ring true for me.

Despite this, I really loved this book. I read passages repeatedly to myself, playing the words over and over, I felt with Arvid, his fear, his wonder, his love.

Petterson is a magnificent story teller and I found myself reading this book and wishing that my writing could be more like his.