THE BEST CONTEMPORARY NOVELS

A Listmania! list by Luca Graziuso and Marina Ross (NYC)
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."
The Melancholy of Resistance (New Directions Paperbook)
1.  The Melancholy of Resistance (New Directions Paperbook) by László Krasznahorkai
$11.46   Used & New from: $7.97
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

A Book of Memories: A Novel
2.  A Book of Memories: A Novel by Peter Nadas
$15.83   Used & New from: $1.10
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

The Man of Feeling
3.  The Man of Feeling by Javier Marias
$11.66   Used & New from: $4.57
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Embers
4.  Embers by Carol Brown Janeway
$10.29   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

A House for Mr. Biswas
5.  A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul
$13.24   Used & New from: $1.98
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Master: A Novel
6.  The Master: A Novel by Colm Toibin
$10.84   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

The Speed of Light
7.  The Speed of Light by Javier Cercas
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Senselessness
8.  Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya
$10.49   Used & New from: $1.07
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

The Book of Lamentations (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
9.  The Book of Lamentations (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) by Rosario Castellanos
$15.56   Used & New from: $2.83
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

The Madonnas of Leningrad: A Novel
10.  The Madonnas of Leningrad: A Novel by Debra Dean
$12.74   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (417 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Soldiers of Salamis: A Novel
11.  Soldiers of Salamis: A Novel by Javier Cercas
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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A Manuscript of Ashes
12.  A Manuscript of Ashes by Antonio Muñoz Molina
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Anil's Ghost: A Novel
13.  Anil's Ghost: A Novel by Michael Ondaatje
$10.97   Used & New from: $0.01
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)

Snow
14.  Snow by Orhan Pamuk
$10.67   Used & New from: $0.01
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis
15.  The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis by Jose Saramago
$11.44   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

The Untouchable
16.  The Untouchable by John Banville
$10.49   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

The Abyss
17.  The Abyss by Marguerite Yourcenar
$22.88   Used & New from: $3.25
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

The Woman Who Waited: A Novel
18.  The Woman Who Waited: A Novel by Andrei Makine
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel
19.  The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
$13.41   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,236 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

My Name Is Red
20.  My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk
$12.53   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)

The View From the Seventh Layer (Vintage Contemporaries)
21.  The View From the Seventh Layer (Vintage Contemporaries) by Kevin Brockmeier
$12.46   Used & New from: $2.50
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Divisadero
22.  Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Angelica: A Novel
23.  Angelica: A Novel by Arthur Phillips
$12.50   Used & New from: $0.01
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Tipping the Velvet: A Novel
24.  Tipping the Velvet: A Novel by Sarah Waters
$13.16   Used & New from: $0.18
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)

The Age of Orphans: A Novel
25.  The Age of Orphans: A Novel by Laleh Khadivi
$21.60   Used & New from: $0.01
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Shadow of the Wind
26.  The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
$11.61   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,590 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

The Painter of Battles: A Novel
27.  The Painter of Battles: A Novel by Arturo Perez-Reverte
$11.63   Used & New from: $0.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

Sarah's Key
28.  Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
$8.29   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,175 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

The Hummingbird's Daughter
29.  The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea
$12.75   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)

The Story of the Night: A Novel
30.  The Story of the Night: A Novel by Colm Toibin
$13.12   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

Grief
31.  Grief by Andrew Holleran
$9.98   Used & New from: $0.50
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Folding Star: A Novel
32.  The Folding Star: A Novel by Alan Hollinghurst
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Veronica
33.  Veronica by Mary Gaitskill
$10.91   Used & New from: $0.01
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

The Disagreement: A Novel
34.  The Disagreement: A Novel by Nick Taylor
$13.28   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

Broken Colors
35.  Broken Colors by Michele Zackheim
$12.07   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

The Days of Abandonment
36.  The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante
$13.04   Used & New from: $7.53
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

Virgin Suicides (French Edition)
37.  Virgin Suicides (French Edition) by Jeffrey Eugenides
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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A Sport and a Pastime: A Novel
38.  A Sport and a Pastime: A Novel by James Salter
$11.83   Used & New from: $2.99
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)

Farewell to the Sea: A Novel of Cuba (Pentagonia)
39.  Farewell to the Sea: A Novel of Cuba (Pentagonia) by Reinaldo Arenas
$15.70   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Where the Air Is Clear (Mexican Literature Series)
40.  Where the Air Is Clear (Mexican Literature Series) by Carlos Fuentes
$13.14   Used & New from: $3.48
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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