The Fifty Greatest Writers of all time

Who are the greatest writers of all time? Who are the writers that have contributed the most to the development of the written word? This article attempts to objectively and critically assess the 50 of the best writers of all time. Read this article and find out where your favorite writer falls. Is it Leo Tolstoy or Feodor Dostoevsky? Is it William Shakespeare or Rabindranath Tagore?

This is the most comprehensive list of the best writers of all time, the greatest fifty of them all. If you haven’t read them, it is time you did. They are great men and women who gave their all to the world of writing and produced masterpieces that we still marvel at to this very day. I repeat, if you haven’t read them, its time you did for your world might just change forever when you do.

  1. Leo Tolstoy (1828 – 1910) – Nobody stands in the way of this Great Russian man of letters. He contributed significantly to all genres of literature with powerfully written lengthy novels, very good plays and short stories and philosophical essays that still hold credence to this very day. Read Anna Karenina, the best novel of all time and War and Peace one of the greatest ten and tell me if you doubt his significance in the world of writing.  The eighth wonder of the world must be his exclusion from the Nobel Prize for a whole decade.
  2. Fyodor Dostoyevsky – This is another Russian author that you can not ignore. He produced psychological novels with great dramatic significance that could easily dim Shakespeare the playwright. Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov and The Idiot remain three of the best novels ever written. It remains a wonder to this day how Dostoyevsky could produce such great pieces despite battling epilepsy for a big part of his adult life.
  3. William Shakespeare – Whether he wrote those dramas and sonnets alluded to his name or not, Shakespeare remains one of the greatest writers of all time. No one and I mean no one has ever been able to produce sonnets as beautiful as what the bard wrote. He remains the greatest poet of all time at least based on those often quoted sonnets. He also brought new meaning to comedy and tragedy as well as introduced more than three thousand words to his mother tongue – English!
  4. Charles Dickens – So far, and I stand challenged on this one; there isn’t a soul that can be half as humorous as Dickens. Charles Dickens remains the second most significant of all British authors behind Shakespeare. Unknown to many readers, he also wrote some serious literature such as A tale of two cities and Hard Times but the witty characters he created still come to life whenever we read the Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and many others. They have since become historical figures.
  5. Rabindranath Tagore (1861 – 1941) – Now some people might never have heard of this great Indian writer. Bagging the 1913 Nobel Prize doesn’t say much about his ability to write great music, for that is what his writing is. I have my free copy of the greatest of his writings, and the best known, Gitanjali. This is the soul that penned two national anthems, one for India, and another for Bangladesh!
  6. Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749 – 1832) – The significance of this German author rests on two volumes of the best known Faust, a drama that had great impact on very many writers his and later generations, even though he also wrote significant poetry, drama and philosophical works that shaped German literature.
  7. Honore de Balzac – la comedie humaine. That is what Balzac is all about. He decided to rewrite all his major novels and novellas to form one story of human life in the Paris of those days. Not many writers can be as prolific as Balzac was and still maintain superb quality, rewriting pages and whole works as many as eight times. He balanced quantity and quantity to a level not realized after.
  8. Miguel de Cervantes (1547 – 1616) – This Spanish author deserves a place on this list for the best known Don Quixote. He was a poet, novelist and playwright rolled into one. Nicknamed the Prince of wits, Cervantes has had more influence on world literature than any other Spanish writer living or dead. His best influence is on Dostoyevsky’s masterpiece, The Idiot.
  9. Henry Sienkienwicz (1846 – 1916) – The polish man of letters remains perhaps the greatest writer that Poland ever produced. Winning the 1905 Nobel Prize catapulted him into literary glory but of greater significance are the epics that he left the poles. Read his best known trilogy made up of With fire and Sword, The Deluge, and Fire in the Steppe.
  10. Marcel Proust – Have you read In search of lost time (A la recherché du temps perdu)? Look for this great cyclical novel if you doubt the significance of this Frenchman to the world of literature. Forget the length, forget the pace and focus on the beauty of the mentioned piece of art. With this alone, he stands among the greatest writers of all time, the best that ever wrote or published anything.
  11. Gustave Flaubert – The Frenchman is well known for penning the beautiful Madame Bovary, and being a significant contributor to realism in literature, and for his creation, I can’t help but place him among the top ten writers of all time. Madame Bovary has often challenged Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina for the title of the world’s greatest novel with central Europeans favoring Flaubert’s creation.
  12. Alexander Pushkin (1799 – 1837) – Probably this is one of the most influential figures in Russian as well as world literature. He is widely considered Russia’s greatest poet of all time despite dying at only 37. He also wrote novels and plays with Eugene Onegin and the drama The Stone Guest being his best known works to date.
  13. Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961) – Is there a better American writer than this man? Love him or hate him, he is the greatest American writer living or dead. A farewell to Arms and The Old Man and the Sea epitomized the career of one of the most flamboyant American men of letters. He bagged the 1954 Nobel Prize for literature and rightfully so. He was a journalist as well as a short story writer of no mean repute. He committed suicide on July 2nd 1961 by shooting himself with a shotgun.
  14. William Faulkner – Many readers take Faulkner to be bigger than Hemingway for one reason or another. He is best known for bagging the 1949 Nobel Prize for literature and also creating the fictional Yoknapatawpha County where he based all his major works. Apart from well known novels such as Absalom, Absalom and The Hamlet, Faulkner also wrote poetry and numerous short stories.
  15. Doris Lessing (1919 – ) – Forget the fact that she decided to settle in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe; this Iranian born British writer is here for more than one reason. She wrote very significant works of literature, notably The Grass is Singing and The Golden Notebook. She bagged the Nobel Prize for literature in 2007 and rightfully so, adding it to many other awards that she had bagged in her long literary career. She remains a force to reckon with when it comes to great literature.
  16. Gabriel Garcia Marquez – If he wrote One hundred years of Solitude alone, and added nothing else, I would still place him in this position. I bet he won’t write anything better than this, never! His other significant work is the great novel Love in the time of cholera.
  17. Mark Twain – (1835 – 1919) – This was the pen name chosen by the great Samuel Langhorne Clemens. He penned great stories such as Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He also wrote many other works including short stories, travel works and even plays. Probably every young avid reader has come across the two.
  18. Anton Chekhov 1860 – 1904) – Russian doctor, playwright and short story writer best known for The Cherry Orchard. He influenced many writers including Vladimir Nabokov and Ernest Hemingway whose short sentences and dialogues are a feature of Chekhov.
  19. D.H. Lawrence – This is another significant English writer that must be on this list whether it is day or night. He is where you turn to when you want to feel inanimate objects teem with life. Lady Chatterley’s Lover kicked off a storm that lasted for decades, but this is not his only claim to eminence. Read Women in Love and Sons and Lovers and smell some of his greatness. Lawrence was great in so many aspects, though much of what he wrote smells so autobiographical!
  20. Patrick White (1912 – 1990) – It doesn’t matter if this Australian was gay or not. The beauty of his prose would leave any lover of great literature slapping himself in excitement. Riders in a chariot, Eye of the Storm, Voss…What else can I say? If there wasn’t any other writer from his country of origin, the whole of that continent would still be represented on any map showcasing great literature.
  21. J.M. Coetzee (1940 – ) – He is arguably one of the finest African writers of all time. Why does he appear this far? He has won every major award that I can think of. I have read every major title that has come off his pen, but with Disgrace, he hit me as a different writer all together. His other well known novels are The Life and Times of Michael K, Waiting for the Barbarians and Master of Petersburg. He has twice scooped the Booker prize and won the 2003 Nobel Prize for literature.
  22. Henry James – The son of a clergyman, James was one of the greatest American writers who penned important works of fiction such as The Ambassadors, The Wings of the Dove, and The Portrait of a Lady. He also wrote short stories, novellas and works of criticism. He is remembered for the famous ‘loose bags of literature’ in reference to Tolstoy’s War and Peace.
  23. Jose Saramago (1922 – 2010) – Mention Portuguese literature and Jose will almost always feature for his prominence and outstanding contribution. He is best remembered for the masterpiece The Gospel According to Jesus Christ which rubbed the Vatican the wrong way and was instrumental for his winning the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature.
  24. Seamus Heaney (1939 – ) – He is one of the best known Irish poets. He scooped the Nobel Prize for literature in 1995 and the notable T.S. Eliot prize in 2006. He has also been a lecturer at various universities and colleges since the late 50s.
  25. William Golding (1911 – 1993) - This Nobel laureate appears on this list on the strength of two texts Rite of Passage and Lord of the Flies. I still hold onto my old copies despite the fact that they smell so boyish. They offer great psychological insight into how inherently evil man is. He bagged the booker prize 1980 and the Nobel Prize for literature in 1983.
  26. Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918 – 2008) – Have you read Cancer Ward, One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich and Gulag Archipelago? No other writer can claim to have painted the soviet gulag of Stalin and his lieutenants better than this man. He survived detention without trial as well as cancer itself to win the 1970 Nobel Prize for literature.
  27. Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936) – Sir Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay during the British rule and rose to become one of the most prolific writers of all time. He wrote novels, short stories and poetry that saw him win the 1907 Nobel Prize for Literature. His best known work remains The Jungle Book written in 1894.
  28. Thomas Mann (1875 – 1955) – This German author of The Magic Mountain, Death in Venice and Buddenbrooks has been widely criticized for his loud silence during the Nazi holocaust but few deny the fact that he remains one of the best writers of all time. He bagged the 1929 Nobel Prize for Literature.
  29. Salman Rushdie – Mention Rushdie and the controversy surrounding his masterpiece, The Satanic Verses comes to mind. Unknown to many people, Rushdie has written very many great novels such as Grimus, Midnight’s Children which ranks as one of the best novels of all time, Shame, The Moor’s Last Sigh among others.
  30. Margaret Atwood – I love Atwood’s novels more than those of most contemporary writers. The Canadian old girl has written very many good works including The Edible Woman, Oryx and Crake, among others. Where she gets the ideas for her novels, I can not tell but every writer worth his salt should read her finely crafted works.
  31. Ivan Turgenev (1818 – 1883) – He remains one of the most respected Russian writers having written notable plays, novels and short stories. His best known work remains Fathers and Sons as well as the short story collection, A Sportsman’s Sketches.
  32. George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950) – This Irish writer couldn’t miss this list for communicating so many religious and political ideas through drama. He would have taught Shakespeare a thing or two about writing great plays. He bagged the 1925 Nobel Prize for Literature. His best known works are The Devil’s Disciple and Caesar and Cleopatra, both of them plays.
  33. Octavio Paz (1914 – 1998) – He was a Mexican poet and playwright. He scooped the 1990 Nobel Prize for literature mainly for his poetry written in Spanish but translated to tens of other languages. Octavio was also a renowned diplomat and a philosopher of no mean repute.
  34. William Butler Yeats (1865 – 1935) – He was a great Irish poet and playwright who scooped the 1923 Nobel Prize for literature and also served as a senator for two terms. His best known work remains The Winding Stair and other poems.
  35. Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 – 1864) – Like many writers of his time, he started his career as a journalist and went on to pen important works such as The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables and The Blithedale Romance. He also wrote numerous short story collections.
  36. Toni Morrison (1931 – ) – America like the rest of the world is male dominated but Toni is up there among the greatest American authors of all time. She is best known for the Pulitzer Prize winning novel Beloved. She also penned Song of Solomon, Tar Baby and Paradise and bagged the Nobel Prize for literature in 1993.
  37. Saul Bellow (1915 – 2005) – Have you come across The Adventures of Augie March? This and Humboldt’s Gift together with Herzog are Saul Bellow’s best known works. This Canadian born American writer bagged the Nobel Prize for literature in 1976 and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction the same year for Humboldt’s Gift.
  38. Nadine Gordimer (1923 – ) – Some of this South African old girl’s descriptions are still lodged beneath my skull. She scooped the Booker prize of 1974 and the Nobel Prize for literature in 1991. She is best known for novels and short stories but has written essays as well. Her best known works are July’s People and The Conservationist which picked the booker.
  39. V.S. Naipaul (1932 – ) – Sir Naipaul is a notable West Indies author, perhaps the best known who has published very good novels in English with the best known being A House for Mr. Biswas and In a Free State. He scooped the Booker in 1971 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001.
  40. Michael Ondaatje – He is a Sri Lankan born Canadian poet and novelist and writer of the notable novels The English Patient, Anil’s Ghost and In the Skin of a Lion. He scooped the Booker for the highly successful The English Patient in 1992. Somebody donate his other works to me please, I need to read him more, but the beauty of that one great piece earns him a place on list of the greatest twenty writers of all time.
  41. Gunter Grass – Almost everyone has heard of The Tin Drum which depicts The Nazi Holocaust in a different way. This Polish born German writer won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1999 after missing out on it for decades and has other notable works such as the complex novels The Flounder, Cat and Mouse and Dog Years. He has also written plays and very good poetry.
  42. Vladimir Nabokov (1899 – 1977) – There is something about Russians and writing. However much I would consciously love to limit their number on the world’s best writers of all time, Nabokov must surely be here. Have you read Lolita? His other popular work is Pale Fire. Please do so.
  43. Naguib Mahfouz – The only Arab winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, the Egyptian writer of The Cairo Trilogy won the Nobel Prize in 1988.
  44. Peter Carey – If there is a man who has constantly put Australia on the world map when it comes to literature after the demise of Paul White, then that remains Peter Carey. He has written very significant booker clinching novels that only come second to what Rushdie writes in complexity. Read Oscar and Lucinda, True History of the Kelly Gang and Illywhacker.
  45. John Steinbeck (1902 – 1968) – He is best known for the novella, Of Mice and Men but also wrote some significant works like East of Eden, The Grapes of Wrath, The Forgotten Village and Bombs Away: The Story of a Bomber team. He was inducted in 2007 into the California Hall of Fame.
  46. T.S. Eliot (1888 – 1965) – He was a great American poet and playwright who bagged the 1948 Nobel Prize for literature. He is best known for The Hollow Men and Ash Wednesday as well as the play, Murder in the cathedral.
  47. Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849) – Even though he died at a relatively young age, Poe left an indelible mark on American Literature with significant poetry collections and numerous short stories. He also contributed to literary criticism, philosophy and even politics.
  48. Boris Pasternak (1890 – 1960) – He is the Russian author of the masterpiece Doctor Zhivago. He declined the 1958 Nobel Prize for literature following pressure from soviet leadership back home. Doctor Zhivago has been touted as another progeny of the evergreen Don Quixote.
  49. Wole Soyinka (1934 – ) – He is one of the best African poets and playwrights of all time and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986. The Nigerian writer is also a well known human rights activist who spent a significant time in prison for supporting the secessionist Biafra. He has also written two novels The Interpreters and Season of Anomy but will be remembered for his famous declaration that ‘a tiger does not pronounce its tigritude, it just pounces’ in reference to the proponents of negritude.
  50. Chinua Achebe (1930 – ) – One of the best known African writers of all time, Achebe is the founding father of the famed African Writers Series published by Heinemann from the late 50s. He is best known for Things Fall Apart and Anthills of the Savannah which was short listed for the 1987 Booker prize. He has remained on the list of Nobel Prize possible winners for a very long time.
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37 Comments
  1. Posted August 28, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    NICE WORK (:

  2. Posted August 28, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks for such a wonderful share.

  3. Posted August 28, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Great work, that’s why you’re one the best writers on Triond. Cheers and good luck:)

  4. Posted August 28, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Excellent work. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  5. Posted August 28, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Very interesting and well written!

  6. Posted August 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Superb compilation! And it looks like you have a liking for Russian authors ;)

  7. Posted August 28, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Great job on this list! I’m glad Goethe made the cut. I’m reading Faust now.

  8. Posted August 28, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    A very comprehensive research about these writers.

  9. Posted August 28, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    I have read a fair amount from these writers. I agree about William Golding- i read his Lord Of The Flies whilst at school and it happened to be my exam piece for which i got a high grade. Analyzing that book is amazing.

    Emmie

  10. Posted August 28, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Apart from Saul Bellow and Doris, it seems that in the modern days, there is a dearth of genuine writers Saul Bellow is dead.Salman Rushdie nowadays concentrates more on his personal life.His latest venture was a flop.

  11. Posted August 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    great job

  12. Posted August 28, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    well done Jimmy, a very good research, great work!
    I’m shy to say, among all, I only know 3, i.e. Leo Tolstoy (of course), WIlliam Shakespeare and Charles Dickens.
    :)

  13. Posted August 28, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Ramalingam, lets judge Salman Rushdie for what he has written in the past. Midnight’s Children and Satanic Verses are some of the best novels you can ever find.

    Emmie, I must agree with you on Golding’s Lord of the flies. His other novels are equally good.

    Thanks Giftarist and tofu1077 for your kind remarks.

    Kathleen, I must agree that Faust is Magnificent and so is the author.

    Alexander-legend, read the Russians on the list and tell me if they didn’t deserve the mention. Nobody could write better novels than Tolstoy and Dostoevsky or better short stories than Chekhov.

    Thank you Jenny, webseowriters, Joelopy, Silentbob and Erkimaddy, you are very kind.

  14. Posted August 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Great post. Shame to say that I only know some of the great writers in the list, a lot of them are new to me. For D.H. Lawrence, I read all 3 works, Women in Love remained to be the no. 1 favorite in my list. I also enjoy Lady Chatterley’s Lover but don’t like Sons and Lovers, don’t know why. Glad that you also mentioned Lord of the Flies. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Posted August 28, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Very Well Written and quite informative

  16. Posted August 29, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Great list I am a Edgar Allen Poe fan I can read his stories over and over an over again I like Faust too The rest of your list is good. But I kind of lean toward the adventure writer of stuff Like The Illiad and the Oddysee And of course Sinbad but I digess Great post.

  17. Posted August 29, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Excellent compilation. Thanks for bringing back my childhood and teenage memories. I still read them… :)

  18. Posted August 29, 2010 at 1:19 am

    Very well write. This increase my knowledge

  19. Posted August 29, 2010 at 2:22 am

    A good review. I know some of them. And finally realized who really Leo Tolstoy is :)

  20. Posted August 29, 2010 at 2:45 am

    Wow…. A very brilliant list…..marked by unusual and impressive intelligence…..and Leo Tolstoy…….. WOW….

  21. Posted August 29, 2010 at 3:49 am

    Memorable name’s.. love Tolstoy!

  22. Posted August 29, 2010 at 3:56 am

    LCM Linda, am glad you love D.H. Lawrence as much as I do. I must agree that Sons and Lovers is too autobiographical to be great.
    Ethics and Raj, thanks for your kindness. I have been compiling this list for some time now. Glad it inspires you.
    Phoenix, comment noted, many Triond writers had come to think Shilaho was the only Tolstoy in the world!
    Heidie and melphens, thanks for passing by, I really appreciate.

  23. Posted August 29, 2010 at 4:36 am

    Jimmy,
    Long list. Loved reading it. Who Knows, perhaps your name would be included in this list one day? So work for it, dear.

  24. Posted August 29, 2010 at 5:57 am

    You are not only a good write but also an avid reader. The list are very intimidating and I have read only some of the works of very few writers you have listed. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Posted August 29, 2010 at 7:10 am

    I LIKE THIS POST :)

  26. Posted August 29, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Sweety, I feel flattered but will work harder to make this list like you say.
    Temjen, I love reading and do appreciate great writing wherever I am including in my sleep
    Fassy, thanks for passing by.

  27. Posted August 29, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Nice list. Though, I’ve never heard of some of those writers. Anyway, I would never dare to compile such a list. Apart from these authors, there are many great writers who did not get known outside their own country and yet they wrote works of quality (both form and ideas) comparable to works of many writers on this list.

  28. Posted August 29, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Michal, that is why I came up with this list and asked friends to name their favorites, no one seems to be naming anybody. If a writer isn’t known beyond his country’s borders, he can not claim to be on the top 50 list of writers in the world.

  29. Posted August 30, 2010 at 8:40 am

    very impressive list this is ….

  30. Posted August 31, 2010 at 3:51 am

    if you only know Francisco Balagtas of the Philippines

  31. Posted August 31, 2010 at 5:04 am

    eezior, I actually leaned about Francisco Balagtas from your article. I have never come across him elsewhere be it online or offline.

  32. Lou
    Posted October 18, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    no victor hugo

    impossible read les Mis

  33. yasha
    Posted October 25, 2010 at 2:02 am

    There are many giants left unmentioned here: Dante, Chaucer, Li Po, Tu Fu, Rumi, Hafez, Whitman, Dickinson, Frost, Becket, Hesse. There is no way that Seamus Heaney belongs on this list: he remains a rather mediocre poet. At the very least, the writers I just noted are light years ahead of him in terms of quality. What about Baudelaire and Mallarme? Melville? I appreciate the fact that Tagore is here. How about Khalil Gibran? Toni Morrison is pretty good, though not great by any means. And Joyce? Leaving him out is a travesty. And Ibsen? Where is he? Atwood and Ondaatje are good, but they don’t belong with the all-time greats. Yeats was certainly a great poet, but I can think of at least 5 in the English language who were greater.

  34. rohini
    Posted November 6, 2010 at 2:21 am

    very nice list….but seriously rushdie…am sorry my opnion varies… and yes u missed Jean-Paul Sartre…

  35. Krov
    Posted November 10, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Objectively ? Is this serious ?
    Gosh, French writers should make up to 80% of the list.

    Musicians will gladly admit Classical Music was dominated by German-speaking people (Austria, Germany, etc…): I don’t get why France (especially XIXth century) is always shunned.

    To be more precise, you forgot :

    - Molière (far superior to Shakespeare)
    - La Fontaine
    - Corneille
    - Racine
    - Victor Hugo
    - Théophile Gautier
    - Zola
    - Maupassant
    - Mallarmé
    - Baudelaire
    - Verlaine
    - Rimbaud
    - Musset
    - Camus
    - Ronsard
    - Chateaubriand
    - Nerval

    And many others such as Ronsard, Rablais and Stendhal.
    Seriously, a bit of intellectual honesty never hurt anyone.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Tolkien, Poe, P.G. Woodhouse and many English-speaking writers, and many other Litteratures but that list is just ridiculous.

    Oh, by the way, forgot Virgil, Cicero and Homer who kind of invented litterature. Oops.

    It looks like you put on that list the only authors you’ve read…

    Do me a favor and read the first 3 pages of Le Capitaine Fracasse by Théophile Gautier.

    Or just read a poem by Verlaine for that matter, or Baudelaire.
    Way too many insignificant British/American writers.

    Those who belong on that list are :

    - Shakespeare
    - Tolkien (perfected a genre)
    - Wilde
    - Hemingway
    - Poe
    - Faulkner

  36. DJRom
    Posted February 23, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Krov…..maybe he left off many of the Frenchies you mentioned (from his list) because most of their works are in French and haven’t been translated to English? Hugo, Zola and Camus, I think most of us have read, but most of the rest are not household names. I speak/read French so I appreciate the works of great French writers, but I wouldn’t say 19th Century French writers were the equivalent of German/Austrian composers (Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Weber, Wagner). Virgil, Cicero, Homer? Really? If you are going to open it up to 2000 years of literature, you would have a tough time narrowing it down to 50.

  37. Posted December 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    The Russians feature greatly. About 8 or 9 of them. I got here when I wanted a list that pitches the Russians against the world.

    I’ve read: Saramago, Mahfouz, Coetzee, Soyinka, Gordimer, Morrison, Naipaul, Ondaatje, Achebe, Faulkner,Golding, Rushdie, Atwood

    I’m jumping into Russo-Literature next year.

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