Twenty Novels That I Think Are Important

But will not necessarily explain why, and will let me readers speculate on any trends they see:

The MaddAddam trilogy by Margaret Atwood*
High Rise by J. G. Ballard
Ada, Or Ardor by Vladmir Nabokov
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Storm and Steel by Ernest Junger
The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima
The Buddha’s Little Finger by Victor Pelevin
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Rabbit Angstrom: A Tetralogy by John Updike*
2666 by Roberto Bolano
Near to the Wild Hear by Clarice Lispector
Kindred by Octavia Butler
The Fifth Head of Cerberus by Gene Wolfe
The Man in High Castle by Philip K. Dick
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Orlando by Virgina Woolf
The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz*
The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy*
The Burning Secret by Stefan Zweig
The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq

*I realize this is cheating but I consider the effect of these works together as a unified piece of art.


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