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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

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