The Observer's 100 Greatest Novels of All Time

Given by The Observer

100 Works 1,779,714 Books 28,617 Reviews ½ 4.0
Original list in The Observer, 12 Oct. 2003.

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"If lists are a guilty pleasure, then book lists are a sinful addiction. That's an observation for which the vis mere Observer can adduce empirical evidence. Ten years ago, on 12 October 2003, in a headline-grabbing stunt, writing as literary editor, I compiled (with a lot of help from colleagues) a list, provocatively entitled "The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time". Say what you like about lists, but this one rapidly developed a life of its own, like a sci-fi alien. Once the initial furore – why no Updike? How on earth could we exclude PG Wodehouse? – had died down, the creature we had created continued to circulate in cyberspace, sponsoring a rare mixture of rage and delight, apparently without rhyme or reason. Every now and again, some particular group would tangle with the Observer list. And it would drive them mad (in good and bad ways) all over again. For reasons I have yet to fathom, it excited special notice in Australia."

Robert McCrum in The Observer, 22 Sep 2013.

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Not to be confused with The Observer's 100 Best Novels started in 2013, which excludes the translations that are such a feature of this 2003 list.
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Year Awarded:
2003
VærkOrder Label
Pilegrimmens Vandring fra denne Verden til den tilkommende : fortalt under Lignelsen af en Drøm (1678) af John Bunyan
2
Robinson Crusoe (1719) af Daniel Defoe
3
Gullivers rejser (1727) af Jonathan Swift
4
Tom Jones (1749) af Henry Fielding
5
Clarissa, or, The History of a Young Lady (1747) af Samuel Richardson
6
Tristram Shandys levned og meninger (1759) af Laurence Sterne
7
Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1782) af Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
8
Emma (1815) af Jane Austen
9
Frankenstein (1818) af Mary Shelley
10
Nightmare Abbey (1818) af Thomas Love Peacock
11
The Black Sheep (1842) af Honoré de Balzac
12
Klosteret i Parma (1839) af Stendhal
13
Greven af Monte Christo (1844) af Alexandre Dumas père
14
Sybil, or The Two Nations (1845) af Benjamin Disraeli
15
David Copperfield (1850) af Charles Dickens
16
Wuthering Heights (1847) af Emily Brontë
17
Jane Eyre (1847) af Charlotte Brontë
18
Vanity Fair (1848) af William Makepeace Thackeray
19
Det flammende Bogstav (1850) af Nathaniel Hawthorne
20
Moby-Dick eller Hvalen (1851) af Herman Melville
21
Madame Bovary (1857) af Gustave Flaubert
22
Kvinden i hvidt : roman (1859) af Wilkie Collins
23
Alice i eventyrland (1865) af Lewis Carroll
24
Pigebørn eller Meg, Jo, Beth og Amy (1868) af Louisa May Alcott
25
The Way We Live Now (1874) af Anthony Trollope
26
Anna Karenina (1875) af Leo Tolstoy
27
Daniel Deronda (1876) af George Eliot
28
Brødrene Karamasov (1880) af Fyodor Dostoyevsky
29
The Portrait of a Lady (1881) af Henry James
30
Huckleberry Finn (1884) af Mark Twain
31
Dr. Jekyll og Mr. Hyde (1886) af Robert Louis Stevenson
32
Tre mand i en båd (for ikke at tale om hunden) (1889) af Jerome K. Jerome
33
Dorian Grays billede (1890) af Oscar Wilde
34
The Diary of a Nobody (1892) af George Grossmith
35
Jude the Obscure (1895) af Thomas Hardy
36
The Riddle of the Sands (1903) af Erskine Childers
37
Når naturen kalder (1903) af Jack London
38
Nostromo (1904) af Joseph Conrad
39
Vinden i piletræerne (1908) af Kenneth Grahame
40
På sporet af den tabte tid (1913) af Marcel Proust
41
The Rainbow (1915) af D. H. Lawrence
42
Den gode soldat (1915) af Ford Madox Ford
43
De 39 trin (1915) af John Buchan
44
Ulysses (1922) af James Joyce
45
Mrs. Dalloway : roman (1925) af Virginia Woolf
46
Indiske dage (1924) af E. M. Forster
47
Den store Gatsby (1925) af F. Scott Fitzgerald
48
Processen (1925) af Franz Kafka
49
Men Without Women (1927) af Ernest Hemingway
50
Rejse til nattens ende : roman (1983) af Louis-Ferdinand Céline
51
As I Lay Dying (1930) af William Faulkner
52
Fagre nye verden (1932) af Aldous Huxley
53
Scoop (1938) af Evelyn Waugh
54
U.S.A. (1938) af John Dos Passos
55
(Big Sleep, The) Det byder man ikke Carmen (1939) af Raymond Chandler
56
På jagt efter kærligheden (1945) af Nancy Mitford
57
Pesten (1947) af Albert Camus
58
1984 (1949) af George Orwell
59
Malone dør (1951) af Samuel Beckett
60
Forbandede ungdom (1951) af J. D. Salinger
61
Wise Blood (1952) af Flannery O'Connor
62
Charlotte's Web (1952) af E. B. White
63
Ringenes herre (1954) af J. R. R. Tolkien
64
Lucky Jim (1954) af Kingsley Amis
65
Fluernes herre (1954) af William Golding
66
Den stilfærdige amerikaner (1955) af Graham Greene
67
Vejene (1957) af Jack Kerouac
68
Lolita (1955) af Vladimir Nabokov
69
Bliktrommen (1959) af Günter Grass
70
Alt falder fra hinanden (1958) af Chinua Achebe
71
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961) af Muriel Spark
72
Dræb ikke en sangfugl (1960) af Harper Lee
73
Punkt 22 (1961) af Joseph Heller
74
Herzog (1964) af Saul Bellow
75
Hundrede års ensomhed (1967) af Gabriel Garcia Marquez
76
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (1971) af Elizabeth Taylor
77
Dame konge es spion (1974) af John le Carré
78
Salomons sang (1977) af Toni Morrison
79
The Bottle Factory Outing (1974) af Beryl Bainbridge
80
The Golden Notebook, book 2 (1975) af Doris Lessing
81
The Executioner's Song (1979) af Norman Mailer
81
Hvis en vinternat en rejsende (1979) af Italo Calvino
82
Ved en krumning på floden : roman (1979) af V. S. Naipaul
83
Vi venter på barbarerne (1980) af J. M. Coetzee
84
Housekeeping (1980) af Marilynne Robinson
85
Lanark (1981) af Alasdair Gray
86
New York trilogien : By af glas, Genfærd, Det aflåste værelse (1985) af Paul Auster
87
Sofie og Den Store Venlige Kæmpe (1982) af Roald Dahl
88
Det Þperiodiske system (1975) af Primo Levi
89
Money: A Suicide Note (1984) af Martin Amis
90
Kunstner i den flydende verden (1986) af Kazuo Ishiguro
91
Oscar og Lucinda (1988) af Peter Carey
92
Om latter og glemsel (1979) af Milan Kundera
93
Harun og eventyrhavet (1990) af Salman Rushdie
94
L.A. confidential : de faldne engles by (1990) af James Ellroy
95
Kloge børn : roman (1991) af Angela Carter
96
Soning (2001) af Ian McEwan
97
Det Gyldne Kompas (1995) af Philip Pullman
98
American Pastoral (1997) af Philip Roth
99
Austerlitz (2001) af W. G. Sebald
100

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