Saturday, June 9, 2007

501 Must Reads : Modern Fiction, Q1

Here's the first quarter of the recommended reading list for Modern Fiction, from 501 Must-Read Books.

Works published after 1900 qualify for Modern Fiction, those before are categorized Classic Fiction. A few authors who lived (and wrote) across the century boundary have books on both list.

Modern Fiction, Quarter1

1) Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe*
2) Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands Jorge Amado
3) Le Grande Meaulnes Alan-Fourneir
4) Take A Girl Like You Kingsley Amis
5) Winesburg, Ohio Sherwood Anderson

6) Surfacing Margaret Atwood*
7) The New York Trilogy Paul Aster
8) Tales of Odessa Isaak Babel
9) Giovanni's Room James Baldwin
10) The Sweet Hereafter Russell Banks

11) The Regeneration Trilogy Pat Barker
12) Herzog Saul Bellow
13) Ficciones Jorge Luis Borges
14) Nadja Andre Breton
15) The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov*

16) The Naked Lunch Willian Burroughs
17) Possession A. S. Byatt
18) If On a Winter's Night a Traveller Italo Calvino
19) The Outsider Albert Camus
20) Auto da Fe Elias Caneti

21) Oscar and Lucinda Peter Carey
22) The Kingdom of This World Alejo Carpentier
23) The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
24) What We Talk about When We Talk about Love Raymond Carver
25) The Horse's Mouth Joyce Carey

26) Journey to the End of The Night Louis-Ferdinand Celine
27) Soldiers of Salamis Javier Cercas
28) The Stories of John Cheever John Cheever
29) Disgrace J. M. Coetzee*
30) Cheri Colette

31) Victory Joseph Conrad
32) A House and its Head Ivy Compton-Burnett
33) Fifth Business William Robertson Davies
34) Captain Corelli's Mandolin Louis de Bernieres
35) Underworld Don Delillo

* read


:-) said...

Tks for the explaination, and I was just wondering why they use modern fiction when I was skipping through the book at 1-Utama MPH. Tks for the info here again for getting this book. By the way, if you don't mind me asking, why "Shark"? Are you crazy about these fish? ... :)

sharkgila said...

My pleasure, I'm so exicited about this book and I'm lad to share it with all.

Haha.. no I'm not crazy about sharks, it's a schooltime nickname that got stuck (hard).

Anah Shariff said...

I can't remember the last time I actually sat down and finished reading a non-chicklit book. I miss those days. I just cannot seem to find the mood to do that lately.


p.s : Why hasn't Shopaholic and Baby come out in paperback yet???

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