Obooki’s Favourite Novels

(no distinction is made in this list between novels and autobiographies)

Favourite 53 Novels

(Disclaimer: May not be 53 novels)

  • Mário de Andrade, Macunaíma (Brazil, 1928)
  • Ivo Andrić, The Bridge on the Drina (Yugoslavia, 1945)
  • Miguel Ángel Asturias, The President (Guatemala, 1933)
  • Honoré de Balzac, The Wild Ass’s Skin (France, 1831)
  • Anna Banti, Artemisia (Italy, 1947)
  • John Barth, Chimera (USA, 1972)
  • Samuel Beckett, Murphy (Ireland, 1938)
  • Andrei Bely, Petersburg (Russia, 1916)
  • Emmanuel Bove, My Friends (France, 1924)
  • Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights (England, 1847)
  • Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Marguerita (Russia, 1928)
  • Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers (England, 1980)
  • Elias Canetti, The Play of the Eyes (Austria, 1985)
  • Karel Čapek, War with the Newts (Czechoslovakia, 1936)
  • Alejo Carpentier, Explosion in a Cathedral (Cuba, 1962)
  • Ermanno Cavazzoni, The Voice of the Moon (Italy, 1987)
  • Something by Colette (it doesn’t really matter what) (France)
  • Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White (England, 1860)
  • Joseph Conrad, The Rescue (England, 1920)
  • Grazia Deledda, La Madre (Italy, 1920)
  • Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers (England, 1837)
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Eternal Husband (Russia, 1870)
  • George Eliot, Silas Marner (England, 1861)
  • William Faulker, The Mansion (USA, 1959)
  • Max Frisch, I’m Not Stiller (Switzerland, 1954)
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther (Germany, 1774)
  • Witold Gombrowicz, Pornografia (Poland, 1960)
  • Alasdair Gray, 1982 Janine (Scotland, 1984)
  • Knut Hamsun, Mysteries (Norway, 1892)
  • Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles (England, 1892)
  • Jaroslav Hašek, The Good Soldier Švejk (Czechoslovakia, 1923)
  • Henry James, The Ambassadors (USA, 1903)
  • László Krasznahorkai, The Melancholy of Resistance (Hungary, 1989)
  • Giuseppe di Lampedusa, The Leopard (Italy, 1958)
  • Mikhail Lermontov, A Hero of Our Time (Russia, 1840)
  • Stanisław Lem, The Futurological Congress (Poland, 1971)
  • Doris Lessing, Under My Skin (England, 1994)
  • Wyndham Lewis, Tarr (England, 1918)
  • Andreï Makine, Le Testament Français (France, 1995)
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera (Colombia, 1985)
  • Guy de Maupassant, A Woman’s Life (France, 1883)
  • Herman Melville, Pierre (USA, 1852)
  • Yukio Mishima, Spring Snow (Japan, 1969)
  • George Moore, Confessions of a Young Man (Ireland, 1888)
  • Vladimir Nabokov, The Gift (Russia, 1938)
  • Juan Carlos Onetti, Body Snatcher (Uruguay, 1964)
  • Abbé Prévost, Manon Lescaut (France, 1731)
  • Eça de Queiroz, Cousin Basilio (Portugal, 1878)
  • Gregor von Rezzori, Memoirs of an Anti-Semite (Austro-Hungary, 1979)
  • Frederick Rolfe, The Desire and Pursuit of the Whole (England, 1909)
  • John Steinbeck, Tortilla Flat (USA, 1935)
  • Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy (England, 1759)
  • Amos Tutuola, The Palm-Wine Drinkard (Nigeria, 1952)
  • Robert Walser, Jakob von Gunten (Germany, 1909)
  • Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth (USA, 1905)
  • Virginia Woolf, Orlando (England, 1928)
  • Cao Xueqin, The Story of the Stone (China, 1764)
  • Émile Zola, Germinal (France, 1885)
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