Bokklubben World Library

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Bokklubben World Library is a series of classical books, mostly novels, published by the Norwegian Book Club since 2002. It is based on a list of the 100 best books, as proposed by one hundred writers from fifty-four different countries, compiled and organized in 2002 by the Book Club. This list endeavors to reflect world literature, with books from all countries, cultures, and time periods.

Each writer had to select his or her own list of ten books. The books selected by this process and listed here are not ranked or categorized in any way; the organizers have stated that "they are all on an equal footing," with the exception of Don Quixote which was given the distinction "best literary work ever written." The following list organizes the works alphabetically by author.[1]

Fyodor Dostoevsky is the author with the most books on the list, with four. William Shakespeare, Franz Kafka, and Leo Tolstoy each have three books on the list.

Breakdown by language, gender[edit]

Eleven of the books included on the list are written by women, eighty-five are written by men and four have unknown authors. This breakdown is similar to other lists, such as Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century, which was voted for by 17,000 people from the general public and contains twelve books by women.

Twenty-six of the one hundred voting writers had English as their first language,[2] which may be a factor in the list having so many (29) books written in English. Again, this phenomenon was visible in Le Monde's list, with 49 French books.

List of authors surveyed[edit]

Name Country
Aitmatov, ChinghizChinghiz Aitmatov Kyrgyzstan
Altan, AhmetAhmet Altan Turkey
Appelfeld, AharonAharon Appelfeld Israel
Auster, PaulPaul Auster United States
Azúa, Félix deFélix de Azúa Spain
Barnes, JulianJulian Barnes United Kingdom
Behbahani, SiminSimin Behbahani Iran
Bly, RobertRobert Bly United States
Brink, AndréAndré Brink South Africa
Brøgger, SuzanneSuzanne Brøgger Denmark
Byatt, A. S.A. S. Byatt United Kingdom
Carey, PeterPeter Carey Australia
Cerda, MarthaMartha Cerda Mexico
Chang, JungJung Chang China/United Kingdom
Condé, MaryseMaryse Condé France
Couto, MiaMia Couto Mozambique
Crace, JimJim Crace United Kingdom
Danticat, EdwidgeEdwidge Danticat Haiti
Dao, BeiBei Dao China
Djebar, AssiaAssia Djebar Algeria
Dowlatabadi, MahmoudMahmoud Dowlatabadi Iran
Echenoz, JeanJean Echenoz France
Ekman, KerstinKerstin Ekman Sweden
Englander, NathanNathan Englander United States
Enzensberger, Hans MagnusHans Magnus Enzensberger Germany
Estévez, EmilioEmilio Estévez Cuba
Farah, NuruddinNuruddin Farah Somalia
Fløgstad, KjartanKjartan Fløgstad Norway
Fosse, JonJon Fosse Norway
Frame, JanetJanet Frame New Zealand
French, MarilynMarilyn French United States
Fuentes, CarlosCarlos Fuentes Mexico
Ghazzawi, IzzatIzzat Ghazzawi Palestine
Ghosh, AmitavAmitav Ghosh India
Gimferrer, PerePere Gimferrer Spain
Gordimer, NadineNadine Gordimer South Africa
Grossman, DavidDavid Grossman Israel
Guðmundsson, Einar MárEinar Már Guðmundsson Iceland
Heaney, SeamusSeamus Heaney Ireland
Hein, ChristophChristoph Hein Germany
Hemon, AleksandarAleksandar Hemon Bosnia-Herzegovina
Hoffman, AliceAlice Hoffman United States
Hove, ChenjeraiChenjerai Hove Zimbabwe
Ibrahim, SonallahSonallah Ibrahim Egypt
Irving, JohnJohn Irving United States
Jersild, P. C.P. C. Jersild Sweden
Kemal, YasarYasar Kemal Turkey
Kjærstad, JanJan Kjærstad Norway
Kundera, MilanMilan Kundera Czech Republic/France
Lander, LeenaLeena Lander Finland
le Carré, JohnJohn le Carré United Kingdom
Lenz, SiegfriedSiegfried Lenz Germany
Lessing, DorisDoris Lessing United Kingdom
Lindgren, AstridAstrid Lindgren Sweden
Luik, ViiviViivi Luik Estonia
Maalouf, AminAmin Maalouf Lebanon/France
Magris, ClaudioClaudio Magris Italy
Mailer, NormanNorman Mailer United States
Martínez, Tomás EloyTomás Eloy Martínez Argentina
McCourt, FrankFrank McCourt Ireland/United States
Mehta, GitaGita Mehta India
Miranda, AnaAna Miranda Brazil
Mistry, RohintonRohinton Mistry India/Canada
Munif, Abdel RahmanAbdel Rahman Munif Saudi-Arabia
Müller, HertaHerta Müller Romania
Naipaul, V. S.V. S. Naipaul Trinidad/United Kingdom
Nooteboom, CeesCees Nooteboom Netherlands
Okri, BenBen Okri Nigeria/United Kingdom
Pamuk, OrhanOrhan Pamuk Turkey
Paretsky, SaraSara Paretsky United States
Phillips, Jayne AnneJayne Anne Phillips United States
Rasputin, ValentinValentin Rasputin Russia
Ribeiro, João UbaldoJoão Ubaldo Ribeiro Brazil
Robbe-Grillet, AlainAlain Robbe-Grillet France
Rushdie, SalmanSalman Rushdie India/United Kingdom
Saadawi, Nawal ElNawal El Saadawi Egypt
al-Shaykh, HananHanan al-Shaykh Lebanon
Sirees, NihadNihad Sirees Syria
Sonnevi, GöranGöran Sonnevi Sweden
Sontag, SusanSusan Sontag United States
Soyinka, WoleWole Soyinka Nigeria
Späth, GeroldGerold Späth Switzerland
Swift, GrahamGraham Swift United Kingdom
Tabucchi, AntonioAntonio Tabucchi Italy
al-Tikerly, FouadFouad al-Tikerly Iraq
Thomas, D. M.D. M. Thomas United Kingdom
Thorpe, AdamAdam Thorpe United Kingdom
Thorup, KirstenKirsten Thorup Denmark
Tkachenko, AleksandrAleksandr Tkachenko Russia
Toer, Pramoedya AnantaPramoedya Ananta Toer Indonesia
Tokarczuk, OlgaOlga Tokarczuk Poland
Tournier, MichelMichel Tournier France
Toussaint, Jean-PhilippeJean-Philippe Toussaint Belgium
Uzun, MehmedMehmed Uzun Turkey
Valkeapää, Nils-AslakNils-Aslak Valkeapää Sápmi
Vassilikos, VassilisVassilis Vassilikos Greece
Vera, YvonneYvonne Vera Zimbabwe
Weldon, FayFay Weldon United Kingdom
Wolf, ChristaChrista Wolf Germany
Yehoshua, A. B.A. B. Yehoshua Israel
Zariâb, SpôjmaïSpôjmaï Zariâb Afghanistan

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Les 100 meilleurs livres de tous les temps". Retrieved 4 November 2010. 
  2. ^ See table in article. 22 come from Ireland, UK, US, and Trinidad and Tabago; 4 come from India but are all from the minority of Indians with English as their primary language.

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