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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.


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. Doctor Zhivago

Boris Pasternak | Europe

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. Anthem

Ayn Rand | Europe

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. Between Shades of Gray

Ruta Sepetys | 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. The Brothers Karamazov

Fyodor Dostoyevsky | Europe

72. Before We
Were Free

Julia Alvarez |
The Caribbean


73. A Million Shades of Gray

Cynthia Kadohata | Asia

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. Shooting Kabul

N.H. Senzai | The Middle East


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. Iqbal

Francesco D'Adamo | 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. Unbowed

Wangari Maathai | Africa

89. The Boy Who
Harnessed the Wind
Young Reader's Edition

William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer | 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. A Time to Dance

Padma Venkatraman | India

93. The Complete Short Novels

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. Snow Falling in Spring: Coming of Age in China During the Cultural Revolution

Moying Li | China


100. The Surrender Tree-Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom

Margarita Engle | South & Central America