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    Top 100 World Literature Titles

    Listed below are the top 100 titles for the world literature classroom, ranked in order of popularity, chosen by literature teachers from across the country.  From https://www.perfectionlearning.com/.


    1. Things Fall Apart

    Chinua Achebe | Africa

    2. Night

    Elie Wiesel | Europe

    3. The Kite Runner

    Khaled Hosseini | The Middle East

    4. The Stranger

    Albert Camus | Europe

    5. Cry, the Beloved Country

    Alan Paton | Africa

    6. The Metamorphosis

    Franz Kafka | Europe

    7. Siddhartha

    Hermann Hesse | Europe

    8. The Joy Luck Club

    Amy Tan | China

    9. Oedipus the King

    Sophocles, translated by
    Bernard M. Knox | Ancient World

    10. The Odyssey

    Homer, translated by
    Robert Fitzgerald | Ancient World

    11. A Doll’s House
    (Four Major Plays, Vol. I)

    Henrik Ibsen | Europe

    12. All Quiet on
    the Western Front

    Erich M. Remarque | Europe

    13. One Hundred
    Years of Solitude

    Gabriel Garcia
    Marquez | South America

    14. Candide

    Voltaire | Europe

    15. Antigone

    Sophocles | Ancient World

    16. Crime and Punishment

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky | Europe

    17. The Inferno

    Dante Alighieri,
    translated by John Ciardi | Europe

    18. The Iliad

    Homer, translated by
    W.H.D. Rouse | Ancient World

    19. Life of Pi

    Yann Martel | Canada

    20. Cyrano de Bergerac

    Edmond Rostand | Europe

    21. Les Miserables

    Victor Hugo | Europe

    22. Don Quixote

    Miguel de Cervantes | Europe

    23. Nectar in a Sieve

    Kamala Markandaya | India

    24. Like Water for Chocolate

    Laura Esquivel | Mexico

    25. The Epic of Gilgamesh:
    The Babylonian Epic Poem
    and Other Texts in
    Akkadian and Sumerian

    translated by Andrew
    George | Ancient World

     

    26. Bless Me, Ultima

    Rudolfo Anaya
    | Hispanic American

    27. Three Cups of Tea: One
    Man's Mission to Promote
    Peace... One School at a Time

    Greg Mortenson & David
    Oliver Relin | The Middle East

    28. Madame Bovary

    Gustave Flaubert | Europe

    29. Mythology

    Edith Hamilton | Ancient World

    30. The Alchemist: A Fable
    About Following Your Dream

    Paulo Coelho | Europe

    31. In the Time
    of the Butterflies

    Julia Alvarez | The Caribbean

    32. Hiroshima

    John Hersey | Japan

    33. Kaffir Boy: The True Story
    of a Black Youth's Coming of
    Age in Apartheid South Africa

    Mark Mathabane | Africa

    34. The House of the Spirits

    Isabel Allende | South America

    35. A Long Way Gone:
    Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

    Ishmael Beah | Africa

    36. The Count of Monte Cristo

    Alexandre Dumas | Europe

    37. One Day in the Life
    of Ivan Denisovich

    Alexander Solzhenitsyn | Europe

    38. A Thousand Splendid Suns

    Khaled Hosseini | The Middle East

    39. The Poisonwood Bible

    Barbara Kingsolver | Africa

    40. Balzac and the Little
    Chinese Seamstress

    Dai Sijie | China

    41. A Portrait of the Artist
    As a Young Man

    James Joyce | Ireland

    42. Anne Frank:
    The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank | Europe

    43. Persepolis:
    The Story of a Childhood

    Marjane Satrapi | The Middle East

    44. The Power of One

    Bryce Courtenay | Africa

    45. First They Killed
    My Father: A Daughter
    of Cambodia Remembers

    Loung Ung | Cambodia

    46. The Handmaid’s Tale

    Margaret Atwood | Canada

    47. Anna Karenina

    Leo Tolstoy | Europe

    48. The Prince

    Niccolo Machiavelli | Europe

    49. Snow Flower and
    the Secret Fan: A Novel

    Lisa See | China

    50. Persepolis 2:
    The Story of a Return

    Marjane Satrapi | The Middle East

    51. The Aeneid

    Virgil | Ancient World

     

    52. The God of Small Things

    Arundhati Roy | India

    53. Midnight’s Children

    Salman Rushdie | India

    54. Love in the Time of Cholera

    Gabriel Garcia
    Marquez | South America

    55. Reading Lolita in Tehran:
    A Memoir in Books

    Azar Nafisi | The Middle East

    56. The Book Thief

    Markus Zusak | Europe

    57. Annie John

    Jamaica Kincaid | The Caribbean

    58. Chronicle of a Death Foretold

    Gabriel Garcia
    Marquez | South America

    59. Obasan

    Joy Kogawa | Japanese/Canada

    60. Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir
    of the Cultural Revolution

    Ji-li Jiang | China

    61. Medea

    Euripides | Ancient World

    62. I Have Lived a Thousand
    Years: Growing Up in
    the Holocaust

    Livia Bitton-Jackson | Europe

    63. Girl in Hyacinth Blue

    Susan Vreeland | Europe

    64. The Little Prince

    Antoine de Saint-Exupery,
    translated by Richard
    Howard | Europe

     

    65. Living up the Street

    Gary Soto | Hispanic American

    66. The Namesake: A Novel

    Jhumpa Lahiri | India

    67. Sold

    Patricia McCormick | India

    68. The Bookseller of Kabul

    Asne Seierstad | The Middle East

    69. What is the What:
    The Autobiography
    of Valentino Achak Deng

    Dave Eggers | Africa

    70. All But My Life: A Memoir

    Gerda Weissman Klein | Europe

    71. My Forbidden Face:
    Growing Up Under the Taliban

    Latifa | The Middle East

    72. Before We Were Free

    Julia Alvarez | The Caribbean

    73. The Bonesetter’s Daughter

    Amy Tan | China

    74. Dawn

    Elie Wiesel | Europe

    75. Dreaming in Cuban

    Cristina Garcia | The Caribbean

    76. Falling Leaves:
    The Memoir of an
    Unwanted Chinese Daughter

    Adeline Yen Mah | China

    77. The Hunchback
    of Notre Dame

    Victor Hugo | Europe

     

    78. In My Hands: Memories
    of a Holocaust Survivor

    Irene Opdyke
    with Jennifer Armstrong | Europe

    79. Le Morte d’Arthur

    Thomas Malory | Europe

    80. Out of Africa
    and Shadows on the Grass

    Isak Dinesen | Africa

    81. The Phantom of the Opera

    Gaston Leroux | Europe

    82. Purple Hibiscus

    Chimamanda Ngozi
    Adichie | Africa

    83. Ties That Bind,
    Ties That Break

    Lensey Namioka | Asia

    84. Waiting

    Ha Jin | Asia

    85. Funny in Farsi:
    A Memoir of Growing Up
    Iranian in America

    Firoozeh Dumas | The Middle East

    86. A Book of Luminous
    Things: An International
    Anthology of Poetry

    Czeslaw Milosz, ed.

    87. Enrique’s Journey:
    The Story Of A Boy’s
    Dangerous Odyssey

    Sonia Nazario | Central America

    88. The No. 1 Ladies’
    Detective Agency

    Alexander McCall Smith | Africa

     

     

    89. Retold African
    American Folktales

    David Haynes | Africa

    90. Waiting for Godot

    Samual Beckett | Ireland

    91. American Shaolin:
    Flying Kids, Buddhist, Monks,
    and the Legend of Iron Crotch:
    An Odyssey in the New China

    Matthew Polly | China

    92. Apology

    Plato | Ancient World

    93. The Bet

    Anton Chekhov | Europe

    94. Born Confused

    Tanuja Desai Hidier | India

    95. The Good Earth

    Pearl S. Buck | China

    96. Chanda’s Secrets

    Allan Stratton | Africa

    97. The Cherry Orchard

    Anton Chekov | Europe

    98. Chinese Cinderella:
    The True Story of an
    Unwanted Chinese Daughter

    Adeline Yen Mah | China

    99. City of the Beasts

    Isabel Allende | South America

    100. Crow Lake

    Mary Lawson | Canada