11 February

The Norwegian Book Club initiated one of the best "great books" projects in 2002. One-hundred writers were polled, and the results—apropos the discussion here of the differences between music-album lists and "great books" lists—are only arranged chronologically, with the caveat that Don Quixote is the best. The Wikipedia article linked-to below helpfully provides the names of the 100 scholars and writers on the same page as the list. As with the Kanigel and Farrar selections already transcribed at this site, I've replicated how the entries were originally presented; in this case the closest I can get to any original document is at the Norwegian Book Club's web site: Dette er Verdensbiblioteket. I've excluded the Norwegian-language versions of the titles found on that page, translated the nation names to English, and changed some of the Romanized titles. Also, that page excludes Anton Chekhov, whose "Stories" is included at a French-language page for the project at Le Figaro. Based on their own numbering of the items, the Chekhov entry does seem to belong, presumably only accidentally let off the Norwegian site. My own numbering is added (based, as before, on whether the entry was originally published as a book), and additional information is placed in brackets. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bokklubben_World_Library


Chinua Achebe (b. 1930)
Things Fall Apart
Nigeria


Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)
Fairy tales and stories
Denmark


Jane Austen (1775-1817)
Pride and Prejudice [1813]
England


Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850)
Le Père Goriot
France


Samuel Beckett (1906-1989)
Molloy , Malone Muert, L'Innommable
Ireland


Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375)
Il Decameron
Italy


Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)
Ficciones
Argentina


Emily Brontë (1818-1848)
Wuthering Heights
England


Albert Camus (1913-1960)
L'Étranger
France


Paul Celan (1920-1970)
Poems
Romania, France


Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961)
Voyage au Bout de la Nuit
France


Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)
El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha
Spain


Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400)
Canterbury Tales
England


Anton Chekhov
Stories
Russia


Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)
Nostromo
England


Dante Alighieri (1265–1321)
Divina Commedia
Italy


Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
Great Expectations
England


Denis Diderot (1713-1784)
Jacques le Fataliste et son Maître
France


Alfred Döblin (1878-1957)
Berlin Alexanderplatz
Germany


Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 - 1881)
Prestupleniye i Nakazaniyne

Idiot

Bésy

Brat'ya Karamazovy
Russia


George Eliot (1819-1880)
Middlemarch
England


Ralph Ellison (1914-1994)
Invisible Man
U S A


Euripides (ca. 480-406 f.Kr.)
Medeia
Greece


William Faulkner (1897-1962)
Absalom, Absalom!

The Sound and the Fury
U S A


Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)
Madame Bovary

L'Éducation Sentimentale
France


Federico García Lorca (1898-1936)
Romancero Gitano
Spain


Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1928)
Cien Anõs de Soledad

El Amor en los Tiempos del Cólera
Colombia


Gilgamesh (ca. 1800 f.Kr.)
Mesopotamia


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1842)
Faust I & II
Germany


Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852)
Myortvyje Dushi
Russia


Günter Grass (b. 1927)
Die Blechtrommel
Germany


João Guimarães Rosa
Grande Sertão: Veredas
Brazil


Knut Hamsun (1859-1952)
Sult
Norway


Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
The Old Man and the Sea
U S A


Homer (ca. 700 f.Kr.)
Iliad

Odyssey
Greece


Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)
A Doll's House
Norway


Book of Job (ca. 400 f.Kr.)
Israel


James Joyce (1882-1941)
Ulysses
Ireland


Franz Kafka (1883-1924)
Die Verwandlung und Andere Erzählungen

Der Process

Das Schloss
Austria


Kalidasa
Abhijñanashakuntala


Yasunari Kawabata (1899-1972)
Yama no Oto
Japan


Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957)
Zorba the Greek
Greece


D H Lawrence (1885-1930)
Sons and Lovers [1913]
England


Halldór Laxness (1902-1998)
Sjálfstætt Fólk [Independent People]
Iceland


Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837)
Poems
Italy


Doris Lessing (b. 1919)
The Golden Notebook
England


Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002)
Pippi Långstrump
Sweden


Lu Xun (1881-1936)
K'uang-jen Jih-chi
China


Mahabharata (ca. 500 f.Kr.)
India


Naguib Mahfouz (b. 1911)
Awlad Haretna
Egypt


Thomas Mann (1875-1955)
Buddenbrooks

Der Zauberberg
Germany


Herman Melville (1819-1891)
Moby-Dick
U S A


Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)
Les Essais
France


Elsa Morante (1918-1985)
La Storia
Italy


Toni Morrison (b. 1931)
Beloved U S A


Murasaki Shikibu (ca. 978- ca. 1014)
Genji Monogatari
Japan


Robert Musil (1880-1942)
Der Mann Ohne Eigenschaften
Austria


Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977)
Lolita 
Russia/ U S A


Njáls Saga (ca. 1300)
Iceland


George Orwell (1903-1950)
Nineteen Eighty-Four England


Ovid (43 f.Kr. - 17 e.Kr.)
Metamorphoses
Italy


Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935)
Livro do Desassossego: Composto por Bernardo Soares, Ajudante de Guarda-Livros na Cidade de Lisboa
Portugal


Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
The Complete Tales
U S A


Marcel Proust (1871-1922)
À la Recherche du Temps Perdu
France


François Rabelais (1495-1553)
La Vie de Gargantua et de Pantagruel
France


Juan Rulfo (1918-1986)
Pedro Páramo
Mexico


Rumi (1207-1273)
Masnavi-I Ma'navi
Iran


Salman Rushdie (b. 1947)
Midnight's Children
India/ England


Abu-Muhammad Muslih al-Din bin Abdallah Shirazi (ca. 1200 - 1292)
Bostan
Iran


Tayeb Salih (b. 1929)
Mawsim al-Higra ila ash-Shamal
Sudan


José Saramago (b. 1922)
Ensaio Sobre a Cegueira
Portugal


William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Hamlet

King Lear

Othello
England


Sophocles (496 - 406 f.Kr.)
Oidipous Tyrannos
Greece


Stendhal (1783-1842)
Le Rouge et le Noir
France


Laurence Sterne (1713-1768)
The Life and Opinions Tristam Shandy
England


Italo Svevo (1861-1928)
La Coscienza di Zeno
Italy


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)
Gulliver's Travels
Ireland


Lev Tolstoj (1828-1910)
Voina i Mir

Anna Karenina

Smert' Ivana Ilyicha
Russia


Kitab Alf Laylah Wa-Laylah (700–1500)
India/ Iran/ Iraq/ Egypt


Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
U S A


Valmiki (ca. 300 f.Kr.)
Rāmāyaṇa
India



Virgil (70-19 f.Kr.)
Aeneid
Italy


Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
Leaves of Grass
U S A


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)
Mrs. Dalloway

To the Lighthouse
England


Marguerite Yourcenar (1903-1987)
Les Mémoires d'Hadrien
France