Sophie's Choice by William Styron

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It concerns a young American Southerner, an aspiring writer, who befriends the Jewish Nathan Landau and his beautiful lover Sophie, a Polish (but non-Jewish) survivor of the Nazi concentration camps. An immediate bestseller and the basis of a successful film, the novel is often considered both Styron's best work and a major novel of the twentieth century. The difficult decision that shapes the character Sophie is sometimes used as an idiom. A "Sophie's Choice" is a tragic choice between two unbearable options.

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The 391st greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 30th on The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians (
  2. - 56th on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)
  3. - 57th on Radcliffe's 100 Best Novels (Radcliffe Publishing Course)
  4. - 82nd on Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century (Le Monde)
  5. - 96th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Novels (Modern Library)
  6. - The 80 Books Every Man Should Read (Esquire)
  7. - National Book Award - Fiction (National Book Foundation)
  8. - Best Books Ever (

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