Recommended Fiction

FICTION:

Novels, Plays, Graphic Novels, Poetry, Epics, Short Stories

***List continually updated, but please feel free to send me any suggestions if I missed something good!

Ancient Rome:

  • Aeniad – Virgil

Argentina:

  • Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius – Jorge Luis Borges
  • The Garden of Forking Paths – Jorge Luis Borges

Austria:

  • Journey into the Past – Stefan Zweig
  • Chess Story – Stefan Zweig
  • The Loser – Thomas Bernhard
  • Young Gerber – Friedrich Torberg

China:

  • Book from the Ground – Xu Bing
  • Waiting – Ha Jin
  • The Girl Who Played Go – Shan Sa
  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress – Dai Sijie
  • Boxers and Saints, Volumes 1-2 – Gene Luen Yang

Columbia

  • Chronicle of a Death Foretold – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Of Love and Other Demons – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

France:

  • The Stranger – Albert Camus
  • The Plague – Albert Camus
  • The Fall – Albert Camus
  • Exile and the Kingdom – Albert Camus
  • The Death of Napoleon – Simon Leys
  • In the Café of Lost Youth – Patrick Modiano
  • Jezebel – Irene Nemirovsky
  • Suite Francaise – Irene Nemirovsky
  • Fire in the Blood – Irene Nemirovsky
  • The Age of Reason – Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Nausea – Jean-Paul Sartre
  • No Exit – Jean-Paul Sartre

Germany:

  • The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Faust: Parts 1 & 2 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
  • The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
  • The Trial – Franz Kafka
  • The Castle – Franz Kafka
  • Amerika – Franz Kafka
  • In the Penal Colony – Franz Kafka
  • A Hunger Artist – Franz Kafka
  • Measuring the World – Daniel Kehlmann
  • Me and Kaminski – Daniel Kehlmann
  • Fame – Daniel Kehlmann
  • F. – Daniel Kehlmann
  • Don Carlos – Friedrich von Schiller
  • Mary Stuart – Friedrich von Schiller

Greece:

  • Agamemnon – Aeschylus
  • Libation Bearers – Aeschylus
  • Eumenides – Aeschylus
  • Medea – Euripides
  • Iliad – Homer
  • Odyssey – Homer
  • Oedipus Rex – Sophocles
  • Oedipus at Kolonus – Sophocles
  • Antigone – Sophocles
  • Elektra – Sophocles
  • Aias – Sophocles
  • Philoktetes – Sophocles
  • Women of Trakhis – Sophocles

Hungary

  • The Notebook – Agota Kristof
  • The Proof – Agota Kristof
  • The Third Lie – Agota Kristof

Ireland:

  • Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett
  • The Woman Who Walked Into Doors – Roddy Doyle
  • Dracula – Bram Stoker
  • Dubliners – James Joyce
  • Ulysses – James Joyce
  • The Pillowman – Martin McDonagh
  • The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde

Italy:

  • Inferno – Dante
  • Purgatorio – Dante
  • Paradiso – Dante
  • Equal Danger – Leonardo Sciascia

Iran

  • Persepolis, Parts 1-2 – Marjane Satrapi

Poland

  • Being There – Jerzy Kosinski

Japan:

  • The Woman in the Dunes – Kobo Abe
  • Silence – Shusaku Endo
  • The Sea and Poison – Shusaku Endo
  • The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea – Yukio Mishmi
  • Spring Snow – Yukio Mishima
  • Patriotism – Yukio Mishima
  • A Wild Sheep Chase – Haruki Murakami
  • Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World – Haruki Murakami
  • Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami
  • Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
  • South of the Border, West of the Sun – Haruki Murakami
  • Kokoro – Natsume Soseki
  • Battle Royale – Koushun Takami

Mexico:

  • Aura – Carlos Fuentes

Netherlands:

  • The Darkroom of Damocles – Willem Frederik Hermans

Nigeria:

  • Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  • No Longer At Ease – Chinua Achebe
  • Arrow of God – Chinua Achebe
  • A Man of the People – Chinua Achebe

Norway:

  • The Birds – Tarjei Vesaas
  • The Bridges – Tarjei Vesaas
  • The Seed – Tarjei Vesaas
  • Palace of Ice – Tarjei Vesaas

Russia:

  • The Seagull – Anton Chekhov
  • Three Sisters – Anton Checkov
  • Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  • Notes from Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Demons – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Netochka Nezvanova – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Poor Folk – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Dead Souls – Nikolai Gogol
  • The Overcoat – Nikolai Gogol
  • Eugene Onegin – Alexandr Pushkin
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
  • War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  • Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich – Leo Tolstoy
  • Fathers and Sons – Ivan Turgenev
  • We – Yevgeny Zamyatin

South Africa:

  • Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee
  • In The Heart of the Country – J. M. Coetzee
  • Waiting for the Barbarians – J. M. Coetzee
  • Life & Times of Michael K – J. M. Coetzee

Spain:

  • De lo que acontecio a in Mancebo que se caso con una mujer muy fuerte y muy brava – Don Juan Manuel

Sweden:

  • A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman
  • And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer And Longer – Fredrik Backman

United Kingdom:

  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte
  • Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  • David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Engleby – Sebastian Faulks
  • The Collector – John Fowles
  • The Sandman, Volumes 1-9 – Neil Gaiman
  • Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  • Tess of the D’urburvilles – Thomas Hardy
  • Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  • Point Counter Point – Aldous Huxley
  • Ape and Essence – Aldous Huxley
  • A Single Man – Christopher Isherwood
  • A Meeting by the River – Christopher Isherwood
  • Wittgenstein, Jr. – Lars Iyer
  • Doctor Faustus – Christopher Marlowe
  • The Razor’s Edge – W. Somerset Maugham
  • Of Human Bondage – W. Somerset Maugham
  • Atonement – Ian McEwan
  • On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan
  • Paradise Lost – John Milton
  • Samson Agonistes – John Milton
  • Comus – John Milton
  • Ghostwritten – David Mitchell
  • Number9Dream – David Mitchell
  • Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  • The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell
  • Slade House – David Mitchell
  • Watchmen – Alan Moore
  • From Hell – Alan Moore
  • 1984 – George Orwell
  • Animal Farm – George Orwell
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling – J. K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith
  • The Silkworm – J. K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith
  • Career of Evil – J. K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith
  • The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  • King Lear – William Shakespeare
  • Macbeth– William Shakespeare
  • Romeo and Juliet– William Shakespeare
  • Julius Caesar– William Shakespeare
  • Coriolanus – William Shakespeare
  • Othello – William Shakespeare
  • Henry IV, Part I – William Shakespeare
  • The Winter’s Tale – William Shakespeare
  • The Tempest– William Shakespeare
  • Richard III – William Shakespeare
  • Richard II – William Shakespeare
  • Much Ado About Nothing – William Shakespeare
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare
  • Antony and Cleopatra – William Shakespeare
  • Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  • Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
  • Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf

United States:

  • I Robot – Isaac Asimov
  • Foundation – Isaac Asimov
  • Foundation and Empire – Isaac Asimov
  • Second Foundation – Isaac Asimov
  • The New York Trilogy – Paul Auster
  • Moon Palace – Paul Auster
  • Leviathan – Paul Auster
  • The Music of Chance – Paul Auster
  • Mr. Vertigo – Paul Auster
  • Nod – Adrian Barnes
  • The End of the Road – John Barth
  • The Floating Opera – John Barth
  • The Sot-Weed Factor – John Barth
  • Dangling Man – Saul Bellow
  • Ham on Rye – Charles Bukowski
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Love – Raymond Carver
  • Cathedral – Raymond Carver
  • Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? – Raymond Carver
  • In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  • Other Voices, Other Rooms – Truman Capote
  • Breakfast and Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon
  • The King in Yellow – Robert W. Chambers
  • Mao II – Don DeLillo
  • White Noise – Don DeLillo
  • End Zone – Don DeLillo
  • Great Jones Street – Don DeLillo
  • Underworld – Don DeLillo
  • The Circle – Dave Eggers
  • A Hologram for the King – Dave Eggers
  • Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? – Dave Eggers
  • Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
  • Wait Until Spring, Bandini – John Fante
  • 1933 Was A Bad Year – John Fante
  • The Brotherhood of the Grape – John Fante
  • The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
  • Absolam, Absolam! – William Faulkner
  • Sanctuary – William Faulkner
  • Light in August – William Faulkner
  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
  • Strong Motion – Jonathan Franzen
  • The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • The Scarlet Letter – Nathanial Hawthorne
  • The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  • Soldier’s Home – Ernest Hemingway
  • Dune – Frank Herbert
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
  • On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  • The Walking Dead, Volumes 1-27 – Robert Kirkman
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • Bartleby the Scrivener – Herman Melville
  • Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller
  • The Road – Cormac McCarthy
  • Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy
  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers
  • The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
  • Beloved – Toni Morrison
  • A Good Man is Hard to Find – Flannery O’Conner
  • Long Day’s Journey Into Night – Eugene O’Neill
  • The Iceman Cometh – Eugene O’Neill
  • The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
  • Goodbye, Columbus – Philip Roth
  • American Pastoral – Philip Roth
  • Nemesis – Philip Roth
  • The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  • Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger
  • White Noise – Zadie Smith
  • Lust for Life – Irving Stone
  • The Agony and the Ecstasy – Irving Stone
  • Blankets – Craig Thompson
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  • Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Galapagos – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
  • A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams
  • The Glass Menagerie – Tennessee Williams
  • Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates
  • The Easter Parade – Richard Yates
  • Cold Spring Harbor – Richard Yates

 

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