Nobel Prize for Literature

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The list author says: "While, of course, no one wins the Nobel Prize for Literature with a single book, I'm building a list with a selection from each author that has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. One could argue the relevance of the award, whether in fact the best authors are chosen, the anti-American stance of the people giving the award or even whether I've chosen the best example of their work. But you could not argue that this is a list of some very interesting writers."
The War of the End of the World
1.  The War of the End of the World by Mario Vargas Llosa
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  "Nobel Prize for Literature 2010

This book grabbed me by the throat from the first paragraph and never let go with beautiful chewy language. Based on a large historical event with the basic truth that history is at best a summation of conflicting personal experience."
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Desert (Verba Mundi)
2.  Desert (Verba Mundi) by J.-M. G. Le Clezio
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  "Nobel Prize for Literature 2008

It's a beautiful poetical meditation about the inner-life of the people of the Maghreb. The main character that you spend the most time with is an uneducated orphan that creates explanations for what happens around her out of superstitions, stories told by the fire, and dreams. Seen through her eyes, there's a lot of magic and wonder in the desert."
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The Grass Is Singing: A Novel
3.  The Grass Is Singing: A Novel by Doris Lessing
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  "Nobel Prize for Literature 2007"
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My Name Is Red
4.  My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk
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  "Nobel Prize for Literature 2006

This book is an architectural marvel.  The plot, the background history, the characters, the writing style, are so tightly woven and one supports and depends on the other.  There are layers and layers to this story."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)

Waiting for the Barbarians (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)
5.  Waiting for the Barbarians (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) by J. M. Coetzee
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  "Nobel Prize of Literature 2003"
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Fatelessness
6.  Fatelessness by Imre Kertesz
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  "Nobel Prize for Literature 2002"
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A Bend in the River
7.  A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul
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  "Nobel Prize for Literature 2001

When I was headed for Africa for the first time, I read books like "The State of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence" to understand the effects of modernization on the continent, the rise and (sometimes) fall of the big man. V.S. Naipaul has taken all that history and distilled it into a very intimate and personal story."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

One Man's Bible
8.  One Man's Bible by Xingjian Gao
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  "Nobel Prize for Literature 2000"
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

My Century
9.  My Century by Gunter Grass
The list author says:
  "Nobel Prize for Literature 1999

Günter Grass is more widely known for "The Tin Drum" but this book, "My Century" is a charming way to read history.  2-3 page chapter for each year centered on a different historical event or figure.  Writers are featured prominently.  Did have to read it next to the computer so I could look up the references to German history."
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Death with Interruptions
10.  Death with Interruptions by Jose Saramago
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  "Nobel Prize for Literature 1998

An allegory in a rather breathless style where entire conversations are recorded in a single paragraph held together by commas and the narrator occasionally has qualms that he's telling the wrong story."
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Beowulf: A New Verse Translation (Bilingual Edition)
11.  Beowulf: A New Verse Translation (Bilingual Edition) by Seamus Heaney
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  "Nobel Prize for Literature 1995

Really.  I promise you.  After reading this version, you will "get" Beowulf.  You will understand why it has endured for so many hundreds of years."
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Telling Times: Writing and Living, 1954-2008
12.  Telling Times: Writing and Living, 1954-2008 by Nadine Gordimer
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  "Nobel Prize for Literature 1991"
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Palace Walk: The Cairo Trilogy, Volume 1
13.  Palace Walk: The Cairo Trilogy, Volume 1 by Danielle Steel
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  "Nobel Prize for Literature 1988"
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One Hundred Years of Solitude
14.  One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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  "Nobel Prize for Literature 1982

Fabulous riveting book.  The chewy wonderful language is poetic, the images are startling.  Magical realism at its best."
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Three Novels: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable
15.  Three Novels: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett
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  "Nobel Prize for Literature 1969"
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The Grapes of Wrath (Centennial Edition)
16.  The Grapes of Wrath (Centennial Edition) by John Steinbeck
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  "Nobel Prize for Literature 1962"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,210 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Sun Also Rises
17.  The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
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  "Nobel Prize for Literature 1954"
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As I Lay Dying: The Corrected Text
18.  As I Lay Dying: The Corrected Text by William Faulkner
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  "Nobel Prize for Literature 1949"
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Kristin Lavransdatter: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
19.  Kristin Lavransdatter: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Sigrid Undset
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  "Nobel Prize for Literature 1928"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)

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