20 best books of the XXI century
Yesterday, April 23 was World Day of books, we suggest to familiarize with the list of readers' preferences 56 experts.
Please find a list of readers' preferences, the literary magazine The Millions, in which included prominent journalists, critics and writers. They have chosen the most notable books of the century.
Rating 56 publications prepared by experts and was presented and compiled by the readers who voted in a special group within Facebook.
Certainly, anyone who reads the person can call his list of the best books, but this study The Millions should take note.
"Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides
"Middlesex" Jeffrey Eugenides
The life story of a hermaphrodite, sincerely and openly told in the first person. A novel written by an American of Greek origin Jeffrey Eugenides in Berlin, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. The novel is the story of several generations of one family through the eyes of a descendant of hermaphrodite.
"The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" Junod Diaz
( "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" Junot Díaz)
the semi-autobiographical 2007 novel, written by an American of Dominican origin Junod Diaz tells about the fate of a thick and deeply unhappy child, is going through the process of growing up in New Jersey and dying prematurely in early adolescence. The work was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2008. A notable feature of the book can be considered a mixture of English literature, "Spanglish" (mixture of English and Spanish) and street slang Latinos who settled in America.
"2666" by Roberto Bolaño
"2666" Roberto Bolano
Published posthumous novel of the Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño (1953-2003). The novel consists of five parts, which the author for economic reasons was going to publish like five independent books, so as to ensure their children's lives after his death. However, after his death, the heirs appreciated the literary value of the work and decided to publish it as a novel.
"Cloud Atlas" by David Mitchell
"Cloud Atlas" David Mitchell
"Cloud Atlas" is like a mirror maze, which overlap, stratifying each other, six votes: notary mid-nineteenth century, returning to the US from Australia; the young composer, who was forced to sell the soul and body in Europe between the world wars; journalist in California 1970, disclosing corporate conspiracy; small publisher - our contemporary, managed to break the bank at a gangster's autobiography "The blow brass knuckles" and running from creditors; clone-workers of fast-food in Korea - a country of victorious cyberpunk; and Hawaiian goatherd at sunset civilization.
"The Road" by Cormac McCarthy
"The Road" Cormac McCarthy
Book Komrakov McCarthy, whose works are characterized by hard realism and common sights on our own, human nature, without masks, without hypocrisy, without any romance. Father and young son roam the country has experienced a terrible catastrophe, desperately trying to survive and keep the human form in a post-apocalyptic world.
"Atonement" by Ian McEwan
"Atonement" Ian McEwan
"Atonement" - is striking in its honesty "Chronicle of Lost Time", which is a teenage girl on a quaint and childish cruel way overrated and reinterpreting the events of "adult" life. After witnessing the rape, she interprets it in their own way - and drives a chain of fateful events that backfire in unexpected ways over many years.
"The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" by Michael Chabon
"The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" Michael Chabon
Two Jewish young men during World War II becomes king of comics in America. Their art, they are trying to fight the forces of evil and those who keep their loved ones in slavery and want to destroy.
"Corrections" by Jonathan Franzen
"The Corrections" Jonathan Franzen
It is ironic and deep understanding of the eternal conflict between fathers and children in the age of bravura "end of history", impenetrable political correctness and the ubiquitous Internet. Following the sad and ridiculous life collisions family of former railway engineer Alfred Lambert, slowly going crazy, the author builds Plural novel about love, business, cinema, "haute cuisine", a dizzying luxury New York City and even lawlessness in post-Soviet space. Book declared "the first great novel of the XXI century".
"Gilead" Marilynne Robinson
The novel is set in 1956 in the town of Gilead, Iowa. Book up the letters written in the form of diary 76 years Priest and addressed to its 7-year old son. Accordingly, the novel is a series of non-consecutive scenes, memories, stories, moral advice.
"White Teeth" Zadie Smith
"White Teeth" Zadie Smith
One of the most brilliant and successful debut novels which have appeared in recent years in British literature. Brilliant comic story, which tells of friendship, love, war, earthquake, three cultures, three families over three generations and a very unusual mouse.
"Kafka on the Shore" by Haruki Murakami
"Kafka on the Shore" Haruki Murakami
In the center of the product - the fate of a teenage runaway from the gloomy prophecies of his father. On the amazing destiny of heroes, residents of Japan the second half of the XX century, the influence of the prophecy, the messengers of the underworld and cats.
"The Kite Runner" Khaled Hosseini
"The Kite Runner" Khaled Hosseini
Amir and Hassan shared abyss. One belonged to the local aristocracy, the other - a despised minority. One father was a beautiful and important, others - chrome and miserable. One was a binge reader, the other - the illiterate. Cleft lip Hassan saw all the ugly scars Amir were hidden deep inside. Still not finding people closer than the two boys. Their story is set against the backdrop of the Kabul idyll, which will soon be replaced by the terrible storms. Boys - like two kite, which has picked up this storm and swept in different directions. Each has its own destiny, its own tragedy, but they are, as in childhood, linked by strong ties.
"Do not Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro
"Never Let Me Go" Kazuo Ishiguro
From a born Japanese, graduate literary seminar Malcolm Bradbury, winner of the Booker Prize for "Remains of the Day" - the most striking English novel in 2005. Thirty Katie recalls his childhood in a privileged school, Hailsham, full of strange omissions, half-revelations and latent threats. This novel is a parable, a story of love, friendship and memory, is the ultimate reification of the metaphor "to serve all life."
"Austerlitz" VG Sebald
"Austerlitz" W.G. Sebald
Jacques Austerlitz, who dedicated his life to the study device forts, palaces and castles, suddenly aware that he knows nothing about his personal history, except that it in 1941, five year old boy, was taken to England. And now, decades later, he is torn Europe, sitting in archives and libraries, raising the crumbs inside your own "Museum of Lost Things", "personal history of disasters."
"Empire Falls" Richard Russo
The novel by Richard Russo, comedic about the life of "blue-collar" small town of Empire Falls, Maine. The protagonist - Miles Roby, manager of the grill-bar, which is the most popular institution in this town for over 20 years.
"Runaway" Alice Munro
A collection of stories known Canadian writer, in which Hollywood is already shooting films, and in 2004, the book won the Giller.
"The Master" Colm Toibin
The Book of Irish writer Colma Tobin (Colm Tóibín) "Master", tells about the life of the famous novelist and critic of the XIX century by Henry James has earned the world's largest literary prize for a work of fiction in English.
"Half of a Yellow Sun" Ngozi Adichie Chimamanda
"Half a Yellow Sun" Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Full intense drama novel tells the stories of several people - stories that are intertwined the most striking manner. Readers named novel Adichie "African" The Kite Runner "," and British critics awarded him the prestigious "Orange".
"Unusual Earth" Dzhumpa Lair
"Unaccustomed Earth: Stories" Jhumpa Lahiri
"Unusual Earth" - a book by American writer of Indian origin - Dzhumpy Lair. In her directly she continues the theme of Indian immigrants, which also began in his first book, "Interpreter of diseases."
"Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell," Susanna Clarke
"Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell "Susanna Clarke
Magical England era of the Napoleonic Wars. England, in which wizards are made on the secret service of the government and their own ways to protect the British Empire. But fighting with the enemy "normal" and using its power as one more weapon in the war "human" wizards have forgotten their true, eternal foes and opponents - of the ancient people, remembering how he once ruled lands and human souls. And now, when the magic began to wilt and dry up from the depths of antiquity exorbitant return fairies, led his New Hope - changeling Raven King. In the list of experts also included the book "acquainted with the world" by Edward P. Jones, "Pastorale. Disruption in the park of the Civil War, "George Saunders," It's time to take away the horses "Per Petterson," loneliness Bastion "Jonathan Lethem, storybook Kelly Link" All this is very strange, "and are not translated into the Russian language of the book" Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage "Alice Munro," Twilight of the Superheroes: Stories "Deborah Eisenberg," Mortals "Norman Rush," Varieties of Disturbance: Stories "Lydia Davis," American Genius: A Comedy "Lynne Tillman.