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International Novels Full of Wonders

John Parras
The list author says: "These 20th-century marvels are pretty much all challenging reads, not for the faint-hearted but rewarding for those who dive in intellectually and swim. American and Italian novels excluded (please see my other lists)."
The Infatuations (Vintage International)
The Infatuations (Vintage International)
"Intense literary noir; immerse yourself."
The Sacred Book of the Werewolf
The Sacred Book of the Werewolf
"Sexy, philosophical Russian werefox succumbs to love."
The Age of Wire and String
The Age of Wire and String
"Not international, not a novel... but a fabulously inventive book posing as a thin encyclopedia of an age that may never be. This tight volume is mightily mind expanding."
Disgrace: A Novel
Disgrace: A Novel
"A professor's fall, and hard lessons learned by a nation."
Distant Star
Distant Star
"Poets and pilots navigate Chile's dark political landscape."
Half a Life: A Novel
Half a Life: A Novel
"Intimate fictional portrait of a man much like Naipaul himself..."
The Famished Road
The Famished Road
"The spirit world impinges upon hardscrabble Nigeria. Not magic realism--African realism."
Midnight's Children: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
Midnight's Children: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
"The place to start with Rushdie--extravagant, entertaining, full of import."
An Artist of the Floating World
An Artist of the Floating World
"Ishiguro maintains a narrative subtlety of subtleties in this novel of an artist in postwar Japan."
Texaco: A Novel
Texaco: A Novel
"The poetically textured and irreverent history of a West Indian isle written in an intimitable style."
I the Supreme (Latin American Literature Series)
I the Supreme (Latin American Literature Series)
"The dictator speaks to his amanuensis--rarefied and rich."
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
"One must read this book before dying."
The Autumn of the Patriarch
The Autumn of the Patriarch
"Love the long paragraphs; immerse yourself in the mind of the autocrat."
Kanthapura (New Directions Paperbook)
Kanthapura (New Directions Paperbook)
"The Gandhian revolution in contagiously exciting colloquy."
The Flanders Road. Claude Simon (Oneworld Classics)
The Flanders Road. Claude Simon (Oneworld Classics)
"A nouveau roman of the French defeat in WWI. Faulknerian stream-of-consciousness on war and longing, love-making, desire, memory, death and survival."