Twentieth Century Europe


 See also Fin De Siecle Europe. I’m not including English Lit simply because I want to do a separate list for that, although politically I’m not averse to integration. Russia is also going on a separate list.

1) The Plague, Albert Camus

2) Nausea, Jean Paul Sartre

3) The Tin Drum, Gunter Grass

4) The Magic Mountain/ Buddenbrooks, Thomas Mann

5) The Trial, Franz Kafka

6) The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

7) If On A Winter’s Night, A Traveller, Italo Calvino

8) Journey By Moonlight, Antal Szerb

9) The Street of Crocodiles, Bruno Schulz

10) Les Grand Meaulnes, Alain-Fournier

11) The Mandarins, Simone de Beauvoir

12) Ashes and Diamonds, Jerzy Andrezejewski

13) Hordubal, Karel Capek

14) The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, Rainer Maria Rilke (suggested by Katia)

14) Berlin Alexanderplatz, Alfred Doblin (suggested by Katia)

15) Paris Peasant, Louis Aragon

16) Too Loud a Solitude, Bohumil Hrabal

17) Darkness at Noon, Arthur Koestler

18) Sunflower, Gyula Krudy

19) Death and the Penguin, Andrei Kurkov

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. The idler says:

    My god, why have I been wasting my time idling when I could have been reading some of these books…….


  2. Katia says:

    How about Berlin Alexanderplatz by Doblin? Oh and The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rilke? Early 1900’s…


    1. trewisms says:

      Thanks! The Doblin also made me think about Paris Peasant as well, because the two sort of go together. Three more books!


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