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40 Most Important Books

In celebration of its 75th anniversary, World Literature Today at the University of Oklahoma has selected a list of the 40 most important books of the last 75 years. It includes works by writers from 29 countries.

  • "To the Lighthouse" by Virginia Woolf
  • "Gypsy Ballads" by Federico Garcia Lorca
  • "The Tower" by William Butler Yeats
  • "The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner
  • "Turning Point (I strofí)" by Giorgios Seferiades
  • "Residence on Earth" by Pablo Neruda
  • "Independent People" by Halldór Laxness
  • "Requiem" by Anna Akhmatova
  • "Mother Courage and Her Children" by Bertolt Brecht
  • "The Stranger" by Albert Camus
  • "The Four Quartets" by T. S. Eliot
  • "Ficciones" by Jorge Luis Borges
  • "The Day Before Yesterday" by S. Y. Agnon
  • "Snow Country" by Yasunari Kawabata
  • "The Labyrinth of Solitude" by Octavio Paz
  • "Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckett
  • "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison
  • "The Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway
  • "In Country Sleep" by Dylan Thomas
  • "The Lost Steps" by Alejo Carpentier
  • "The Devil to Pay in the Backlands" by João Guimarães Rosa
  • "The Cairo Trilogy" by Naguib Mahfouz
  • "Voss" by Patrick White
  • "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe
  • "The Guide" by R. K. Narayan
  • "The Tin Drum" by Günter Grass
  • "A House for Mr. Biswas" by V. S. Naipaul
  • "The Book of Disquiet" by Fernando Pessoa
  • "The Golden Notebook" by Doris Lessing
  • "Pale Fire" by Vladimir Nabokov
  • "The Time of the Doves" by Mercé Rodoreda
  • "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • "A Personal Matter" by Kenzaburo Oe
  • "Collected Shorter Poems 1927-1957" by W. H. Auden
  • "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel García Márquez
  • "House Made of Dawn" by N. Scott Momaday
  • "Invisible Cities" by Italo Calvino
  • "The Conservationist" by Nadine Gordimer
  • "Bells in Winter" by Czeslaw Milosz
  • "Red Sorghum" by Mo Yan


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