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Life And Fate
1.  Life And Fate by Vasily Grossman
The list author says:
  "Because life isn't fair? I don't know, more humane and sad than anything else I've set my eyes upon. I couldn't recommend more highly"
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Q
2.  Q by Luther Blissett
The list author says:
  "Medieval Thrilller with political connotations and more history than you can shake a stick at. Once you've read it send it to your dad"
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Crime And Punishment: A Novel in Six Parts with Epilogue (Vintage Classics)
3.  Crime And Punishment: A Novel in Six Parts with Epilogue (Vintage Classics) by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The list author says:
  "Tense, atmospheric and some staggeringly good scenes. Perhaps the best book of the nineteenth century, and that's saying a lot. Start here then read all of his books.""
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The Complete Short Stories (Vintage Classics)
4.  The Complete Short Stories (Vintage Classics) by Franz Kafka
The list author says:
  "'Kafka gives us the food we need'. Strangely perceptive and hauntingly human scenes of terribly lucid and horrific imagination. A genius without question who saw in things more than we could know."
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The Plague (Penguin Modern Classics)
5.  The Plague (Penguin Modern Classics) by Albert Camus
The list author says:
  "Not as imprtant as his other books, but a better, more mature, sympathetic story."
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The Engineer Of Human Souls: An Entertainment on the Old Themes of Life,Women,Fate,Dreams,the Working Class, Secret Agents,Love and Death (Vintage Classics)
6.  The Engineer Of Human Souls: An Entertainment on the Old Themes of Life,Women,Fate,Dreams,the Working Class, Secret Agents,Love and Death (Vintage Classics) by Josef Skvorecky
The list author says:
  "Ambiguous, moving and perceptive. A tragic farce with outstanding war reflections and marvelous story telling. Stalin called writers 'The engineer of human souls', Skvorecky took him to task."
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The Master and Margarita (Vintage Classics)
7.  The Master and Margarita (Vintage Classics) by Mikhail Bulgakov
The list author says:
  "Mad, brilliant and very smart. Crazed Russian political fantasy satire that must be about the most original and funny book on the planet."
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Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle (Penguin Modern Classics)
8.  Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle (Penguin Modern Classics) by Vladimir Nabokov
The list author says:
  "Any Nabokov really, but this is the best. Though almost impenetrable at first reading, there is enough here for a lifetime; beautiful, perverse and stunningly profound."
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Money: A Suicide Note
9.  Money: A Suicide Note by Martin Amis
The list author says:
  "Amis is too clever for his own good. This is perhaps his best, though London fields is remarkable as well."
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For Whom The Bell Tolls (Vintage Classics)
10.  For Whom The Bell Tolls (Vintage Classics) by Ernest Hemingway
The list author says:
  "A great story, well told and poignant. Spanish civil war, some history, but mainly a tale of hearts and minds in crisis and fervour."
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Life: A User's Manual
11.  Life: A User's Manual by Georges Perec
The list author says:
  "If there weren't a million other great books out there I'd read this one again and again. Beyond words, and dreams actually. Eccentric, baffling and ultimately sad. Buy the harvill edition."
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One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Everyman's Library Classics)
12.  One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Everyman's Library Classics) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The list author says:
  "I read this ages ago and books have been more vibrant, refreshing and more intelligent since; now I know how exhilarating and surprising literature can be if you become absorbed into it."
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The Periodic Table (Penguin Modern Classics)
13.  The Periodic Table (Penguin Modern Classics) by Primo Levi
The list author says:
  "A writer full of emotional intelligence and compassion, staid and thoughful in his prose, this book is calm, collected and brilliant."
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Kafka On The Shore (Vintage Magic)
14.  Kafka On The Shore (Vintage Magic) by Haruki Murakami
The list author says:
  "The contemporary writer I've read the most. I find him comforting and strangely brilliant though I couldn't say why. There is an unsettling, stark beauty to his books. This is, I think, his best."
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As I Lay Dying
15.  As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
The list author says:
  "His least challenging work. A timepiece, a portrait and a narrative which while cohesive and moving, asks more than it answers. They don't write like this any more."
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Where I'm Calling From: Selected Stories
16.  Where I'm Calling From: Selected Stories by Raymond Carver
The list author says:
  "Simple, elegant and bleak. Makes you wonder why you can't write like that. Then you try. A book for all times, to take with you and remind yourself of."
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Bridge Over The Drina
17.  Bridge Over The Drina by Ivo Andric
The list author says:
  "Another foreign classic published by Harvill. This is a beautiful book, rich in history and characters and glows with the dusty hue of the landscape it's set in. I was blown away, simply wonderful."
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Anna Karenina (Oxford World's Classics)
18.  Anna Karenina (Oxford World's Classics) by Leo Tolstoy
The list author says:
  "Tolstoy never met Dostoevsky but had a great respect for him. His works are very much of his time but exude class & style. His prose is elegant and his stories humane. Lose yourself in another time."
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The Magus (Vintage Classics)
19.  The Magus (Vintage Classics) by John Fowles
The list author says:
  "Here, John Fowles plays games with one man's desire, and in doing so pulls the reader into a deception so thorough and captivating you wont want it to end."
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The Book of Disquiet (Penguin Modern Classics)
20.  The Book of Disquiet (Penguin Modern Classics) by Fernando Pessoa
The list author says:
  "Disquiet indeed. Thoughful and profound observations, philosophies, aphorisms. Sureal and brilliant, artful and meandering. This is a modern existential bible."
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The Teutonic Knights (Illustrated Edition)
21.  The Teutonic Knights (Illustrated Edition) by Henryk Sienkiewicz
The list author says:
  "An unknown masterpiece of Literature. A nobel prize winner and a sleeping genius, I found this when I was in Krakow. Read this in winter by candlight and you will be transported. An impressive work."
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The Spire
22.  The Spire by William Golding
The list author says:
  "I'm not sure how well read Golding is anymore but he's great, his style is evasive and subtle his characters crazed and the stories allegorical and sharp. The spire is unforgettable."
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Catch-22
23.  Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The list author says:
  "Modern, slick and flawless. A compassionate, and hilarious war comedy, Tremendous writing and comic in the extreme, while touching and sad."
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