"WHY?!" Literature about the Human Condition

A Listmania! list by Rozina Bashir (United Kingdom)
 
Crime And Punishment (Everyman's Library Classics)
1.  Crime And Punishment (Everyman's Library Classics) by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The list author says:
  "Utterly brilliant! Philosophical, psycholgical and emotional, combines every acpect of human nature beautifully."
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The Karamazov Brothers (Oxford World's Classics)
2.  The Karamazov Brothers (Oxford World's Classics) by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The list author says:
  "An epic tomb of human insight and a study of man's relation with god, guilt and truth."
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Notes from the Underground (Dover Thrift Editions)
3.  Notes from the Underground (Dover Thrift Editions) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The list author says:
  "A precursor to existentialism, the voice of a lonely man speaking universal truths about the human condition."
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Anna Karenina (Penguin Classics)
4.  Anna Karenina (Penguin Classics) by Leo Tolstoy
The list author says:
  "Heartbreakingly beautiful. Tragic and Truthful."
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Nausea (Penguin Modern Classics)
5.  Nausea (Penguin Modern Classics) by Jean-Paul Sartre
The list author says:
  "A poetic analysis of the contigency of human life and the despair one feels at being without purpose"
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Lanark: A Life in Four Books (Canongate Classics)
6.  Lanark: A Life in Four Books (Canongate Classics) by Alasdair Gray
The list author says:
  ""A Life in Four Books" The story of a life and an afterlife, covering more than the four stages of man."
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In Search Of Lost Time Vol 1: Swann's Way: Swann's Way Vol 1 (Vintage Classics)
7.  In Search Of Lost Time Vol 1: Swann's Way: Swann's Way Vol 1 (Vintage Classics) by Marcel Proust
The list author says:
  "A long, rambling, slow exploration of art, emotion and sensation"
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In Dreams Begin Responsibilities and Other Stories (Independent Voices)
8.  In Dreams Begin Responsibilities and Other Stories (Independent Voices) by Delmore Schwartz
The list author says:
  "The most surreal, absurd and brilliant collection f short stories I have ever read."
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Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts
9.  Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts by Samuel Beckett
The list author says:
  "Clarity in absurdity!"
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The Picture of Dorian Gray (Vintage Classics)
10.  The Picture of Dorian Gray (Vintage Classics) by Oscar Wilde
The list author says:
  "unforgettable, captures sublimely the human obsession with youth and art."
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The Great Gatsby (Penguin Classics)
11.  The Great Gatsby (Penguin Classics) by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The list author says:
  "Both a criticism and a celebration of the American Dream it is beautifuly written, poetic in its capture of atmosphere and has one of the most memorable endings ever written."
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Fathers and Sons (Oxford World's Classics)
12.  Fathers and Sons (Oxford World's Classics) by Ivan Turgenev
The list author says:
  "A battle between the young and the old, the atheist and the theist. A masterpeice."
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The Trial (Penguin Modern Classics)
13.  The Trial (Penguin Modern Classics) by Franz Kafka
The list author says:
  "Whats going on? Why am I here? What should I do? Brilliant in its surreality."
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The Castle (Vintage Classics)
14.  The Castle (Vintage Classics) by Franz Kafka
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Nadja (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
15.  Nadja (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) by Andre Breton
The list author says:
  "Life and conicidence"
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A Clockwork Orange (Penguin Modern Classics)
16.  A Clockwork Orange (Penguin Modern Classics) by Anthony Burgess
The list author says:
  "Voilence and intelligence. Mutually incapatible? think again."
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1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four (Penguin Modern Classics)
17.  1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four (Penguin Modern Classics) by George Orwell
The list author says:
  "The most ineresting thing for me in this book is the concept of room 101, how fear can challenge love."
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Existentialism Is a Humanism
18.  Existentialism Is a Humanism by Jean-Paul Sartre
The list author says:
  "The great man himself tells us who we are and what we are"
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The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream
19.  The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream by Paulo Coelho
The list author says:
  "An optimistic book amongst all thoes ladden with doom"
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