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YOUR FAVOURITE EUROPEAN NOVELS

I recently conducted a survey on your behalf.

Via social and mainstream media, via email and word of mouth, I asked people to name their favourite European novels of the past 2 decades translated into English. These novels had to brilliant, I explained; they had to be novels we would be talking about in the next century; they should have strong narratives, memorable characters and great writing. In other words, I was asking who are the current Flauberts, Kafkas and Tolstoys? My survey may not be comprehensive or scientific (or alphabetical!) but I think it’s important. 100’s of people replied – a wide range of readers, writers, publishers, translators, booksellers, literary event programmers and fellow journalists – and here are the results.
What do you think? What are your favourites?

The Perfect Waiter – by Alain Claude Sulzer (Switzerland)
The Emperor of Lies – Steve Sem-Sandberg (Sweden)
Suite Francaise – Irène Némirovsky (Ukraine; France)
Your Face Tomorrow – Javier Marias (Spain)
Out Stealing Horses – Per Peterssen (Norway)
New Finnish Grammar – Diego Marani (Italy)
From the Mouth of the Whale – Sjon (Iceland)
Brodeck’s Report – Philippe Claudel (France)
Rings of Saturn & Austerlitz – WG Sebald (Germany)
Atomised
& Whatever – Michel Houellebecq (France)
We The Drowned – Carsten Jensen (Denmark)
Sun Alley – Cecilia Stefanescu (Romania)
Blindness – Jose Saramago (Portugal)
Pig Tales – Marie Darrieuressecq (France)
Fame – Daniel Kehlmann (Austria)
The Hundred-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson (Sweden)
Once Upon the River Love – Andrej Makine (France; Russia)
My Struggle – Karl Ove Knausgaard (Norway)
The Sorrow of Belgium – Hugo Claus (Belgium)
The Assault – Harry Mulisch (Dutch)
History: A Novel (La Storia) – Elisa Morante (Italy)
The Half Brother – Lars Saabye Christensen (Norway)
Omega Minor – Paul Verhaeghen (Belgium)
The Old Child – Jenny Erpenbeck (Germany)
Stones in a Landslide – Maria Barbal (Spain; Catalan)
Windows on the World – Frederic Beigbeder (France)
Satantango – László Krasznahorkai (Hungary)
Snow – Orhan Pamuk (Turkey)
The Light and the Dark – Mikhail Shishkin (Russia)
The Wall Jumper – Peter Schneider (Germany)
Land of Green Plums – Herta Mueller (Romania; Germany)
Parallel Stories – Peter Nadas (Hungary)

Rosie Goldsmith

Rosie Goldsmith ist eine britische Multi-Media Journalistin. Sie ist im Bereich der Kunst und Internationalen Angelegenheiten spezialisiert und hat auf der ganzen Welt an führenden Sendungen von BBC Radio gearbeitet. Außerdem spricht sie mehrere Sprachen, präsentiert und sitzt diversen öffentlichen Veranstaltungen vor und ist Vorstandsmitglied bei ELit Literaturhaus Europa.

Rosie Goldsmith is a British multi-media journalist with specialist knowledge of arts and international affairs. She has worked across the world on some of BBC Radio’s flagship programmes, speaks several languages and chairs and presents public events. She is member of the ELit Literaturehouse Europe's board.

Rosie Goldsmith ist eine britische Multi-Media Journalistin. Sie ist im Bereich der Kunst und Internationalen Angelegenheiten spezialisiert und hat auf der ganzen Welt an führenden Sendungen von BBC Radio gearbeitet. Außerdem spricht sie mehrere Sprachen, präsentiert und sitzt diversen öffentlichen Veranstaltungen vor und ist Vorstandsmitglied bei ELit Literaturhaus Europa.

Rosie Goldsmith is a British multi-media journalist with specialist knowledge of arts and international affairs. She has worked across the world on some of BBC Radio’s flagship programmes, speaks several languages and chairs and presents public events. She is member of the ELit Literaturehouse Europe's board.

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