|The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil||1|
|The Trial by Franz Kafka||2|
|The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann||3|
|Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin||4|
|The Tin Drum by Günter Grass||5|
|Anniversaries: From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl by Uwe Johnson||6|
|Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann||7|
|The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth||8|
|The Castle by Franz Kafka||9|
|Doctor Faustus: The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkuhn As Told by a Friend by Thomas Mann||10|
The Best German Novels of the Twentieth Century is a list of books compiled in 1999 by Literaturhaus München and Bertelsmann, in which 99 prominent German authors, literary critics, and scholars of German ranked the most significant German-language novels of the twentieth century.
The group brought together 33 experts from each of the three categories. Each was allowed to name three books as having been the most important of the century. Cited by the group were five titles by both Franz Kafka and Arno Schmidt, four by Robert Walser, and three by Thomas Mann, Hermann Broch, Anna Seghers and Joseph Roth.