The list author says: "Writing has received a new impetus since the advent of Garcia-Marquez, Milan Kundera, Toni Morrison and John Updike. The elegance of the prose, the inventiveness of style and the pragmatics of storytelling combine in the list below. Some are masters and mistresses of the craft, while others exapand the limits of human sensibility by plunging a chasm that reveals worlds of radiance all-too-often overshadowed by the particulars of a situation, a moment of deception or cultural implosion. Of these Claire Messud is the most witty and delicate, Pamuk the most intriguing and effervescent, Toibin pure beauty and passion, whereas all excell at giving wisdom and dimension to the vanishing present in which we are enthralled. These novelists resound with classical echoes and a creative zeal that ought to make any reader rejoice at the re-invigorated prospect of future endeavors, both by these and by others who follow and overcome in ways we've yet to imagine."