Top 10 buildings in fiction

Given by The Guardian

10 Works 209,542 Books 3,341 Reviews 4.2

Rather as everybody supposedly thinks they have a book in them, I wonder if every novelist thinks their mind holds unbuilt architecture. I know I do. Not the technical stuff, obviously. The

show more trigonometry and structural engineering. I mean the exciting freehand sketching bit at the start. The dreaming into existence of a building that didn’t exist before.

Of course, conjuring fictional structures on the page is about a lot more than simply satisfying unrealised ambitions: buildings have done an awful lot of work in many a fiction, shaping and expressing characters’ lives, concretising themes, rooting narratives in time and place.

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Here are some of my favourites.

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Year Awarded:
2022
WorkOrder Label
Howards End (1910) by E. M. Forster
1
High-Rise (1975) by J. G. Ballard
2
The Fountainhead (1943) by Ayn Rand
The Cortlandt housing project
3
A House for Mr Biswas (1961) by V. S. Naipaul
Mr Biswas's house
4
Pride and Prejudice (1813) by Jane Austen
Pemberley
5
The Castle (1925) by Franz Kafka
6
1984 (1949) by George Orwell
The Ministry of Love
7
Life: A User's Manual (1978) by Georges Perec
11 rue Simon-Crubellier
8
The Library of Babel [short story] (1941) by Jorge Luis Borges
9
The Spire (1964) by William Golding
The Cathedral
10

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