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To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf1927
Gypsy Ballads by Federico García Lorca1928
The Tower by William Butler Yeats1928
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner1929
Στροφή by Γιῶργος Σεφέρης1931
Residence on Earth by Pablo Neruda1933
Independent People by Halldór Laxness1934
Requiem by Anna Akhmatova1935
Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht1941
The Stranger by Albert Camus1942
Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot1943
Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges1944
Only Yesterday by S. Y. Agnon1945
Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata1948
The Labyrinth of Solitude by Octavio Paz1950
In Country Sleep by Dylan Thomas1952
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison1952
The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway1952
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett1952
The Lost Steps by Alejo Carpentier1953
The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street by Naguib Mahfouz1956
The Devil to Pay in the Backlands by Joao Guimaraes Rosa1956
Voss by Patrick White1957
The Guide: A Novel by R. K. Narayan1958
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe1958
The Tin Drum by Günter Grass1959
The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa1961
A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul1961
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing1962
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn1962
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov1962
The Time of the Doves by Mercè Rodoreda1962
A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oë1964
Collected shorter poems, 1927-1957 by W. H. Auden1966
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez1967
House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday1968
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino1972
The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer1974
Bells in Winter by Czesław Miłosz1978
Red Sorghum by Mo Yan1987

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In celebration of its 75th anniversary, World Literature Today at the University of Oklahoma has selected a list of the 40 most important books of the last 75 years. It includes works by writers from 29 countries.

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