Sunday, November 18, 2012

Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century

Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century
By language

"Starting from a preliminary list of 200 titles created by bookshops and journalists, 17,000 French voted by responding to the question, "Which books have stayed in your memory?" (« Quels livres sont restés dans votre mémoire ? »).[1]
The list of acclaimed titles mixes great novels with poetry and theatre, as well as the comic strip."


Ideas for a reading list. I have completely forgotten Vercors and many others. English-language books constitute 27% of the list.  I was going to delete them but what the heck.

81The General of the Dead ArmyIsmail Kadare1963Albanian
47The JokeMilan Kundera1967Czech
19The Diary of a Young GirlAnne Frank1947Dutch
7The Grapes of WrathJohn Steinbeck1939English
8For Whom the Bell TollsErnest Hemingway1940English
21Brave New WorldAldous Huxley1932English
22Nineteen Eighty-FourGeorge Orwell1949English
27LolitaVladimir Nabokov1955English
28UlyssesJames Joyce1922English
34The Sound and the FuryWilliam Faulkner1929English
38Gone with the WindMargaret Mitchell1936English
39Lady Chatterley's LoverD. H. Lawrence1928English
44The Hound of the BaskervillesArthur Conan Doyle19011902English
46The Great GatsbyF. Scott Fitzgerald1925English
49The Murder of Roger AckroydAgatha Christie1926English
56The War of the WorldsH. G. Wells1898English
58The Lord of the RingsJ. R. R. Tolkien19541955English
61Martin EdenJack London1909English
67On the RoadJack Kerouac1957English
69A Room of One's OwnVirginia Woolf1929English
70The Martian ChroniclesRay Bradbury1950English
75Lord JimJoseph Conrad1900English
78Manhattan TransferJohn Dos Passos1925English
82Sophie's ChoiceWilliam Styron1979English
88The Catcher in the RyeJ. D. Salinger1951English
89No Orchids For Miss BlandishJames Hadley Chase1939English
95The Rosy CrucifixionHenry Miller19491960English
96The Big SleepRaymond Chandler1939English
99Under the VolcanoMalcolm Lowry1947English
100Midnight's ChildrenSalman Rushdie1981English
1The Stranger
The Outsider
Albert Camus1942French
2In Search of Lost Time
Remembrance of Things Past
Marcel Proust19131927French
4The Little PrinceAntoine de Saint-Exupéry1943French
5Man's FateAndré Malraux1933French
6Journey to the End of the NightLouis-Ferdinand Céline1932French
9Le Grand MeaulnesAlain-Fournier1913French
10Froth on the DaydreamBoris Vian1947French
11The Second SexSimone de Beauvoir1949French
12Waiting for GodotSamuel Beckett1952French
13Being and NothingnessJean-Paul Sartre1943French
16ParolesJacques Prévert1946French
17AlcoolsGuillaume Apollinaire1913French
18The Blue LotusHergé1936French
20Tristes TropiquesClaude Lévi-Strauss1955French
23Asterix the GaulRené Goscinny and Albert Uderzo1959French
24The Bald SopranoEugène Ionesco1952French
26The Abyss
Zeno of Bruges
Marguerite Yourcenar1968French
30The CounterfeitersAndré Gide1925French
31The Horseman on the RoofJean Giono1951French
32Belle du SeigneurAlbert Cohen1968French
35Thérèse DesqueyrouxFrançois Mauriac1927French
36Zazie in the MetroRaymond Queneau1959French
41Bonjour TristesseFrançoise Sagan1954French
42Le Silence de la merVercors1942French
43Life: A User's ManualGeorges Perec1978French
45Under the Sun of SatanGeorges Bernanos1926French
50NadjaAndré Breton1928French
51AurelienLouis Aragon1944French
52The Satin SlipperPaul Claudel1929French
55FridayMichel Tournier1967French
59Les Vrilles de la vigne (French)
[Never translated: The Tendrils of the Vine] [2]
60Capital of PainPaul Éluard1926French
63Writing Degree ZeroRoland Barthes1953French
65The Opposing ShoreJulien Gracq1951French
66The Order of ThingsMichel Foucault1966French
71The Ravishing of Lol SteinMarguerite Duras1964French
72The InterrogationJ. M. G. Le Clézio1963French
73TropismsNathalie Sarraute1939French
74Journal, 1887–1910Jules Renard1925French
76ÉcritsJacques Lacan1966French
77The Theatre and its DoubleAntonin Artaud1938French
80MoravagineBlaise Cendrars1926French
84The Strange Case of Peter the LettGeorges Simenon1931French
85Our Lady of the FlowersJean Genet1944French
87Furor and MysteryRené Char1948French
90Blake and MortimerEdgar P. Jacobs1950French
92Second ThoughtsMichel Butor1957French
97AmersSaint-John Perse1957French
Gomer Goof
André Franquin1957French
3The TrialFranz Kafka1925German
25Three Essays on the Theory of SexualitySigmund Freud1905German
37Confusion of FeelingsStefan Zweig1927German
40The Magic MountainThomas Mann1924German
54The Resistible Rise of Arturo UiBertolt Brecht1959German
64The Lost Honour of Katharina BlumHeinrich Böll1974German
86The Man Without QualitiesRobert Musil19301932German
91The Notebooks of Malte Laurids BriggeRainer Maria Rilke1910German
93United Kingdom The Burden of Our Time
United States The Origins of Totalitarianism
Hannah Arendt1951German
14The Name of the RoseUmberto Eco1980Italian
29The Tartar SteppeDino Buzzati1940Italian
48A Ghost at Noon
Alberto Moravia1954Italian
53Six Characters in Search of an AuthorLuigi Pirandello1921Italian
57United Kingdom If This Is a Man
United States Survival in Auschwitz
Primo Levi1947Italian
62Ballad of the Salt SeaHugo Pratt1967Italian
15The Gulag ArchipelagoAleksandr Solzhenitsyn1973Russian
94The Master and MargaritaMikhail Bulgakov1967Russian
33One Hundred Years of SolitudeGabriel García Márquez1967Spanish
79FiccionesJorge Luis Borges1944Spanish
83Gypsy BalladsFederico García Lorca1928Spanish
68The Wonderful Adventures of NilsSelma Lagerlöf19061907Swedish

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