1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die by The Book

A book edited by Peter Boxall, and written by over 100 hundred international critics.

  1. One Thousand and One Nights by India/Iran/Iraq/Egypt

    One Thousand and One Nights is a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian stories and folk tales compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age. It is often known in English as the Arabian Ni...

  2. The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter by

    The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter is a 10th-century Japanese monogatari (fictional prose narrative) containing Japanese folklore. It is considered the oldest extant Japanese prose narrative although th...

  3. The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu

    The Tale of Genji is a classic work of Japanese literature attributed to the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu in the early eleventh century, around the peak of the Heian Period. It is sometimes...

  4. Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Guanzhong Luo

    The Romance of the Three Kingdoms is Lo Kuan-chung's retelling of the events attending the fall of the Han Dynasty in 220 A.D., one of the most tumultuous and fascinating periods in Chinese history...

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  5. The Water Margin: Outlaws of the Marsh by Shi Naian

    The Water Margin, known in China as Shuihu Zhuan, is one of the "Four Great Classical Novels" of vernacular Chinese literature, despite being banned by Imperial Edict at the end of the Ming Dynasty...

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  6. The Golden Ass (Metamorphoses): Or Metamorphoses by Apuleius

    Apuleius (c. 125-c. 180) was a student of Platonist philosophy and Latin prose writer who produced the novel "Metamorphoses", more popularly known as "The Golden Ass". This work is the only Latin n...

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  7. Tirant Lo Blanc by

    Tirant lo Blanch is a chivalric romance written by the Valencian knight Joanot Martorell, finished posthumously by his friend Martí Joan de Galba and published in the city of Valencia in 1490 as an...

  8. La Celestina by

    The Comedy of Calisto and Melibea (Spanish: Comedia de Calisto y Melibea), known in Spain as La Celestina is a work entirely in dialogue published in 1499. It is attributed to Fernando de Rojas, a ...

  9. Amadis of Gaul by

    Amadís de Gaula (Spanish: Amadís de Gaula, IPA: [amaˈðis ðe ˈɣaula]); is a landmark work among the chivalric romances which were in vogue in sixteenth-century Spain, although its first version, muc...

  10. The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes by

    "The bastard son of a prostitute, Lazarillo goes to work for a blind beggar, who beats and starves him, while teaching him some very useful dirty tricks. The boy then drifts in and out of the servi...

  11. Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais

    The Life of Gargantua and of Pantagruel (in French, La vie de Gargantua et de Pantagruel) is a connected series of five novels written in the 16th century by François Rabelais. It is the story of t...

  12. The Lusiad by Luís Vaz Camões

    Os Lusíadas (Portuguese pronunciation: [uʒ luˈzi.ɐðɐʃ]), usually translated as The Lusiads, is a Portuguese epic poem by Luís Vaz de Camões (sometimes anglicized as Camoens). Written in Homeric fas...

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  13. Journey to the West by Wu Cheng'en

    Journey to the West is a Chinese novel published in the 16th century during the Ming Dynasty and attributed to Wu Cheng'en. It is one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. In En...