Best Works of Literature (after 1992)

(since 1000)

selected by piero scaruffi


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1992:
Daniela Hodrova (Czech, 1946): "Theta/ Masks" (1992)
Jiri Kratochvil (Czech, 1940): "Uprostred Noci Zpev/ Singing in the Middle of the Night" (1992)
Michal Viewegh (1962): "Bajecna Leta Pod Psa/ The Blissful Years of Lousy Living" (1992)
Luis Goytisolo (Spain, 1935): "Estatua con Palomas" (1992)
Mia Couto (Mozambique, 1955): "Terra Sonambula/ Sleepwalking Land" (1992)
Rui-Manuel-Pinto-Barbot-Costa "Mario Claudio" (Portugal, 1941): "Tocata para Dois Clarins" (1992)
Sissel Lie (Norway, 1942): "Reise Gjennom Brent Sukker/ Journey Through Burnt Sugar" (1992)
Mati Unt (Estonia, 1944): "Huvasti Kollane Kass/ Hello Yellow Cat" (1992)
Cormac McCarthy (USA, 1933): "All the Pretty Horses" (1992)
Zulfikar Ghose (India, 1935): "The Triple Mirror of the Self" (1992)
Edna-Annie Proulx (USA, 1935): "Postcards" (1992)
Janette-Turner Hospital (Australia, 1942): "The Last Magician" (1992)
Michael Ondaatje (Canada, 1943): "The English Patient" (1992)
Fatos Kongoli (Albania, 1944): "I Humburi/ Loser" (1992)
Dubravka Ugresic (Croatia, 1949): "Stefica Cvek u Raljama Zivota/ Steffie Speck in the Jaws of Life" (1992)
1993:
Juan Marse (Spain, 1933): "El Embrujo de Shangai" (1993)
Cesar Aira (Argentina, 1949): "Como me Hice Monja/ How I Became a Nun" (1993)
Amin Maalouf (1949): "Le Rocher de Tanios" (1993)
Yoko Tawada (1960): "Inu Muko Iri/ The Bridegroom Was a Dog" (1993)
Andrzej Zaniewski (Poland, 1940): "Szczur/ Rat" (1993)
Peer Hultberg (Denmark, 1935): "Byen Og Verden/ The City and the World" (1993)
Zoran Zivkovic (Serbia, 1948): "Cetvrti Krug/ The Fourth Circle" (1993)
Justin Cartwright (South Africa, 1943): "Masai Dreaming" (1993)
Radoslav Petkovic (Serbia, 1953): "Sudbina i Komentari/ Destiny and Comments" (1993)
Edna-Annie Proulx (USA, 1935): "Shipping News" (1993)
Carol Shields (USA, 1935): "Stone Diaries" (1993)
Bharati Mukherjee (India, 1940): "The Holder of the World" (1993)
Vikram Seth (India, 1952): "A Suitable Boy" (1993)
Jawad Mojabi (1939): "Mumiaii/ Mummified" (1993)
Kerstin Ekman (Sweden, 1933): "Haendelser Vid Vatten/ Blackwater" (1993)
Jan Kjaerstad (Norway, 1953): "Forforeren/ Seducer" (1993)
Einar-Mar Gudmundsson (Iceland, 1954): "Englar Alheimsins/ Angels of the Universe" (1993)
Roddy Doyle (Ireland, 1958): "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha" (1993)
Slobodan Selenic (Serbia, 1933): "Ubitsvo s Predumisljajem/ Premeditated Murder" (1993)
1994:
Antonio Tabucchi (1943): "Sostiene Pereira" (1994)
Vasily Aksjonov or Aksenov (Russia, 1932): "Moskovskaja Saga/ Generations of Winter" (1994)
Almudena Grandes (Spain, 1960): "Malena es un Nombre de Tango" (1994)
Liudmila Petrushevskaia (Russia, 1938): "The Time: Night" (1994)
William Trevor (Ireland, 1928): "Felicia's Journey" (1994)
Paul Auster (USA, 1947): "Mr Vertigo" (1994)
Kjartan Flogstad (Norway, 1944): "Fimbul" (1994)
Mario-Costa-Martins de Carvalho (Portugal, 1944): "Um Deus Passeando Pela Brisa da Tarde" (1994)
Jachym Topol (Czech, 1962): "Sestra/ Sister" (1994)
Gary Indiana (USA, 1950): "Rent Boy" (1994)
Bjorg Vik (Norway, 1935): "Elsie Lund" (1994)
Ene Mihkelson (Estonia, 1944): "Nime Vaev/ The Torment of the Name" (1994)
Dag Solstad (Norway, 1941): "Genanse Og Verdighet/ Shyness and Dignity" (1994)
Vidosav Stevanovic (Serbia, 1942): "Sneg u Atini/ Snow and Dogs" (1994)
Herta Mueller (1953): "Herztier/ Hearteater/ The Land of Green Plums" (1994)
Maimu Berg (Estonia, 1945): "Ma Armastasin Venelast/ I Loved a Russian" (1994)
1995:
Winfried Georg Sebald (1944): "Die Ringe des Saturn" (1995)
Assia Djebar (1936): "Vaste Est la Prison" (1995)
Jose Saramago (Portugal, 1922): "Ensaio sobre a Cegueira/ Blindness" (1995)
Andrei Makine (1957): "Le Testament Francais" (1995)
Jon Fosse (Norway, 1959): "Melancholia I" (1995)
Kazuo Ishiguro (Britain, 1954): "The Unconsoled" (1995)
Lyudmila Ulitskaya (Russia, 1946): "Sonechka/ Little Sonya" (1995)
Kornel Hamvai (Hungary, 1969): "Marton Partjelzo Fazik" (1995)
Jose-Maria Guelbenzu (Spain, 1944): "El Sentimiento" (1995)
Teolinda Gersao (Portugal, 1940): "A Casa Da Cabeca De Cavalo" (1995)
Juan-Manuel de Prada (Spain, 1970): "Conos" (1995)
Annika Idstroem (Finland, 1947): "Pelon Maantiede/ The Geography of Fear" (1995)
Tonu Onnepalu "Emil Tode" (Estonia, 1962): "Hind/ Price" (1995)
1996:
Alessandro Baricco (1958): "Seta " (1996)
Olga Tokarczuk (Poland, 1962): "Prawiek i Inne Czasy/ Primeval and Other Times" (1996)
Alvaro Enrigue (Mexico, 1969): "La Muerte de un Instalador/ Death of an Installation Artist" (1996)
Nikos Bakolas (Greece, 1927): "I Atelioti Grafi Tou Ematos/ Endlessly Written in Blood" (1996)
Reza Ghasemi (1949): "Hamnavayi Shabaneye Orchestre Chubha/ Nocturnal Harmony of Wood Instructions" (1996)
Margaret Atwood (Canada, 1939): "Alias Grace" (1996)
Mircea Nedelciu (Romania, 1950): "Tratament Fabulatoriu/ "Confambulatory Treatment" (1996)
Mo Yan (China, 1955): "Big Breasts and Wide Hips" (1996)
Richard Ford (USA, 1944): "Independence Day" (1996)
Erlend Loe (Norway, 1969): "Naiv Super" (1996)
Peter Esterhazy (Hungary, 1950): "Egy No/ She Loves me" (1996)
Ivan Klima (1931): "Posledni Stupen Duvernosti/ The Ultimate Intimacy" (1997)
Paavo Rintala (Finland, 1930): "Faustus" (1996)
Sara Lidman (Sweden, 1923): "Lifsens Rot/ The Root of Life" (1996)
Elsie Johansson (Sweden, 1931): "Glasfaglarna/ The Glass Birds" (1996)
Manuel-Jorge Marmelo (Portugal, 1971): "O Homem que Julgou Morrer de Amor" (1996)
Rosa Liksom (Finland, 1958): "Kreisland" (1996)
Bruce Sterling (USA, 1954): "Holy Fire" (1996)
1997
Pal Zavada (Hungary, 1954): "Jadviga Parnaja/ Jadviga's Pillow" (1997)
Arundhati Roy (India, 1961): "God of Small Things" (1997)
Ratko Adamovic (Serbia, 1942): "Besmrtni Kaleb/ The Immortal Kaleb" (1997)
Antonio Lobo-Antunes (Portugal, 1942): "O Esplendor de Portugal" (1997)
Leena Krohn (Finland, 1947): "Matemaattisia Olioita Tai Jaettuja Unia/ Mathematical Beings or Shared Dreams" (1997)
Vangelis Raptopoulos (Greece, 1959): "Loula" (1997)
Elfriede Jelinek (1946): "Die Kinder der Toten" (1997)
1998
Lidia Jorge (Portugal, 1946): "O Vale da Paixao" (1998)
Penelope Fitzgerald (Britain, 1916): "The Blue Flower" (1998)
Cormac McCarthy (USA, 1933): "The Border Trilogy" (1998)
Ian McEwan (Britain, 1948): "Amsterdam" (1998)
Ingo Schulze (1962): "Simple Storys" (1998)
Xiaobin Xu (China, 1953): "Feathered Serpent" (1998)
Jose Rentes de Carvalho (Portugal, 1930): "Ernestina" (1998)
Rodrigo Fresan (Argentina, 1963): "La Velocidad de las Cosas" (1998)
Luis Carmelo (Portugal, 1954): "A Falha" (1998)
Kjartan Flogstad (Norway, 1944): "Kron Og Mynt/ Heads and Tails" (1998)
Alice McDermott (USA, 1953): "Charming Billy" (1998)
Besnik Mustafaj (Albania, 1958): "Boshi/ The Void" (1998)
Dragan Velikic (Serbia, 1953): "Danteov Trg/ Dante's Square" (1998)
Pirjo Hassinen (Finland, 1957): "Viimeinen syli/ The Last Embrace" (1998)
Eeva Park (Estonia, 1950): "Naeru Opilane/ A Student of Laughter" (1998)
1999
Antonio Skarmenta (Chile, 1940): "La Boda del Poeta" (1999)
Per-Olov Enquist (Sweden, 1934): "Livlakarens Besok/ The Royal Physician's Visit" (1999)
Luis-Mateo Diez (Spain, 1942): "La Ruina del Cielo" (1999)
Kerstin Ekman (Sweden, 1933): "Guds Barmhaertighet/ God's Mercy" (1999)
Selim Ileri (1949): "Solmaz Hanim Kimsesiz Okurlar Icin" (1999)
Rhea Galanaki (Greece, 1947): "Eleni io Kanenas/ Eleni or Nobody" (1999)
Amelie Nothomb (Belgium, 1966): "Stupeur et tremblements/ Fear and Trembling" (1999)
Ersi Sotiropoulos (Greece, 1953): "Zig-Zag stis Nerantzies/ Bitter Oranges" (1999)
Jose-Leon Machado (Portugal, 1965): "O Guerreiro Decapitado" (1999)
Jin Xuefei/ Ha Jin (China, 1956): "Waiting" (1999)
Inger Edelfeldt (Sweden, 1956): "Det Hemliga Namnet/ The Secret Name" (1999)
2000
Margaret Atwood (Canada, 1939): "The Blind Assassin" (2000)
Tatyana Tolstaya (Russia, 1951): "Kys/ Slynx" (2000)
Leonard Oprea (Romania, 1953): "Cele Noua Invataturi ale lui Theophil Magus despre Magia Transilvana/ The Nine Teachings Of Theophil Magus On Transylvanian Magic" (2000)
Goran Petrovic (Serbia, 1961): ""Sitnicarnica kod Srecne Ruke/ Trifle-shop Lucky hand" (2000)
Liliana Bodoc (Argentina, 1958): "Los Dias del Venado" (2000)
Svetislav Basara (Serbia, 1953): "Kratkodnevica/ Winter Solstice" (2000)
Mda Zakes (South Africa, 1948): "The Heart Of Redness" (2000)
Elvira Dones (Albania, 1960): "Yjet nuk Vishen Keshtu / Stars do not Disrobe Like That/ Sole Bruciato" (2000)
Elif Shafak (1971): "Sehrin Aynalan/ Mirrors of the City" (2000)
Drago Jancar (Slovenia, 1948): "Katarina pav in Jezuit/ Katerina the Peacock and the Jesuit" (2000)
Jeroen Brouwers (1940): "Geheime Kamers" (2000)
Soti Triantafillou (Greece, 1957): "To Ergostasio Ton Molivion/ Pencil Factory" (2000)
Michael Chabon (USA, 1963): "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" (2000)
Zadie Smith (Britain, 1975): "White Teeth" (2000)
Luisa Monteiro (Portugal, 1968): "Casa das Areias" (2000)
Aris Fioretos (1960): "Stockholm Noir" (2000)
Andrus Kivirahk (Estonia, 1970): "Rehepapp/ Old Barny" (2000)
2001
Lyudmila Ulitskaya (Russia, 1946): "The Kukotsky Case" (2001)
Tahar Ben Jelloun (1944): "Cette Aveuglante Absence de Lumiere/ This Blinding Absence of Light" (2001)
Lars-Saabye Christensen (Norway, 1953): "Halvbroren/ The Half Brother" (2001)
Marie NDiaye (1967): "Rosie Carpe" (2001)
Javier Cercas (Spain, 1962): "Soldados de Salamina" (2001)
Ali Smith (Britain, 1962): "Hotel World" (2001)
2002:
Elena Ferrante (1943?): "I Giorni dell'Abbandono/ The Days of Abandonment" (2002)
Murakami Haruki (Japan, 1949): "Umibe no kafuka/ Kafka on the Shore" (2002)
Zyranna Zateli (Greece, 1951): "With the Strange Name of Ramanthis Erevus Death Arrived Last" (2002)
Mai Jia/ Jiang Benhu (China, 1964): "Jiemi/ Decoded" (2002)
Lidia Jorge (Portugal, 1946): "O Vento Assobiando nas Gruas" (2002)
Ibrahim Al-Koni (Libya, 1948): "Anubis" (2002)
Eka Kurniawan (Indonesia, 1975): "Cantik Itu Luka/ Beauty Is A Wound" (2002)
Mladen Markov (Serbia, 1934): "Ukop Oca/ Father's Burial" (2002)
Almudena Grandes (Spain, 1960): "Los Aires Dificiles" (2002)
Yann Martel (Canada, 1963): "Life of Pi" (2002)
Kari Hotakainen (Finland, 1957): "Juoksuhaudantie/ The Trench Road" (2002)
Ranya ElRamly (Finland, 1974): "Auringon Asema/ The Position of the Sun" (2002)
2003:
Roberto Bolano (Chile, 1953): "2666" (2003)
Antonio Moresco (1949): "Canti del Caos" (2003)
Nilanjana "Jhumpa Lahiri" Sudeshna (USA, 1967): "The Namesake" (2003)
Jeffrey Eugenides (USA, 1960): "Middlesex" (2003)
Enrique Serrano (Colombia, 1960): "Tamerlan" (2003)
2004
Horacio Castellanos-Moya (El Salvador, 1957): "Insensatez/ Senselessness" (2004)
Marilynne Robinson (USA, 1943): "Gilead" (2004)
Ge Fei/Liu Yong (China, 1964): "Renmian Taohua/ Peach Blossom Beauty" (2004)
Yan Lianke (China, 1958): "Riguang Liunian/ The Passing of Time" (2004)
David Mitchell (Britain, 1969): "Cloud Atlas" (2004)
2005
Peter Nadas (Hungary, 1942): "Parhuzamos Tortenetek/ Parallel Stories" (2005)
2006
Cormac McCarthy (USA, 1933): "The Road" (2006)
Liu Cixin (China, 1963): "The Three Body Problem" (2006)
Dag Solstad (Norway, 1941): "Armand V" (2006)
2007
Han Kang (Korea, 1970): "Sonyeon-i Onda/ Human Acts" (2007)
Han Kang (Korea, 1970): "The Vegetarian" (2007)
Junot Diaz (Dominican Republic, 1968): "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" (2007)
Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan, 1971): "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" (2007)
Javier Marias (Spain, 1951): "Tu Rostro Manana/ Your Face Tomorrow" (2007)
2008
Paolo Giordano (1982): "La Solitudine dei Numeri Primi" (2008)
Hilary Mantel (Britain, 1952): "Wolf Hall" (2008)
2009
Ludmilla Petrushevskaya (Russia, 1938): "There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby" (2009)
Yuri Herrera (Mexico, 1970): "Senales que Precederan al Fin del Mundo/ Signs Preceding the End of the World" (2009)
2010
Maylis de Kerangal (1967): "Naissance d'un Pont Birth of a Bridge" (2010)
2011
Yan Lianke (China, 1958): "Sishu/ The Four Books" (2011)
Juan Vasquez (Colombia, 1973): "El Ruido de las Cosas al Caer/ The Sound of Things Falling" (2011)
Alessandro Baricco (1958): "Mr Gwyn" (2011)
Karl-Ove Knausgard (Norway, 1968): "Min Kamp/ My Struggle" (2011)
Jennifer Egan (USA, 1952): "A Visit from the Goon Squad" (2011)
Jesmyn Ward (USA, 1977): "Salvage the Bones" (2011)
2012
Jenny Erpenbeck (1967): "Aller Tage Abend/ The End of Days" (2012)
Scholastique Mukasonga (Rwanda, 1956): "Our Lady of the Nile" (2012)
Ge Fei/Liu Yong (China, 1964): "The Invisibility Cloak" (2012)
Ramon Saizarbitoria (Basque, 1944): "Martutene" (2012)
Louise Erdrich (USA, 1954): "The Round House" (2012)
2013
Rafael Chirbes (Spain, 1949): "En la Orilla/ On the Edge" (2013)
Juan Vasquez (Colombia, 1973): "Reputaciones/ Reputations" (2013)
Eleanor Catton (New Zealand, 1985): "The Luminaries" (2013)
Donna Tartt (USA, 1964): "The Goldfinch" (2013)
Valeria Luiselli (Mexico, 1983): "La Historia de mis Dientes/ The Story of My Teeth" (2013)
2014
Olga Tokarczuk (1962): "Ksiegi Jakubowe/ The Books of Jacob" (2014)
Samanta Schweblin (Argentina, 1978): "Distancia de Rescate/ Fever Dream" (2014)
Rachel Cusk (Canada, 1967): "Outline" (2014)
2015
Guzel Yakhina (Russia, 1977): " Zuleikha" (2015)
Yan Lianke (China, 1958): "Ri Shi/ The Day the Sun Died" (2015)
2016
Sayaka Murata (Japan, 1979): "Konbini Ningen/ Convenience Store People" (2016)
Leila Slimani (1981): "Chanson Douce/ Lullaby/ Perfect Nanny" (2016)
Zadie Smith (Britain, 1975): "Swing Time" (2016)
Peter Stamm (1963): "Weit ueber das Land/ To the Back of Beyond or /Far Across the Country" (2016)
2017
Arundhati Roy (India, 1961): "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness" (2017)
Min Jin Lee (USA, 1968): "Pachinko (2017)
2018
Lisa Halliday (USA, 1977): "Asymmetry" (2018)
Esi Edugyan (Canada, 1978): Washington Black" (2018)
2019
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