Recommendations: Literary and Social Novels



The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov

Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders

Wuthering Heights – Emily Brönte

Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel

Bring Up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel

The Mirror and the Light – Hilary Mantel

Hamnet – Maggie O’Farrell

Loveless – Alice Osman

Before the Coffee Gets Cold – Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Záfon

Animal Farm – George Orwell

Tell them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants – Matthias Enard

Hear the Wind Sing – Haruki Murakami

A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

Go Tell it to the Mountain – James Baldwin

The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

The Luzhin Defense – Vladimir Nabokov

The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert Pirsig

Before the Coffee gets Cold – Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Tales from the Cafe – Toshikazu Kawaguchi

The Collected Works of Kahlil Gibran

Candide – Voltaire

Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

The Stranger – Albert Camus

The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

The Little Prince – Antoine de St. Exupéry

A Chess Story – Stefan Zweig


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