What are the best books by European authors?

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    #1The Count of Monte Cristo

    The Count of Monte Cristo
    The Count of Monte Cristo is written by French author Alexandre Dumas, which is about a man who wanted revenge against those who framed and jailed him for a crime he did not commit. 
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    Wayne Holland
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorite books. I especially enjoy the scene between the Count and Caderousse, one of my all time favorite reveals in literature."
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    #2The Man Without Qualities

    The Man Without Qualities

    The Man Without Qualities is a philosophical written by literary icon Robert Musil. It was published in English in October 1997 with the translation of Sophie Wilkins and Burton Pike.

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    Katherine Franklin
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I learned a lot from reading this. I felt it was very believable and very informative. I learned a lot and would recommend to others."
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    #3The Little Prince

    The Little Prince

    The Little Prince is written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery about a prince who visited Earth from a tiny asteroid. It is known as a book for kids but it has been considered as an allegory of the author's wartime experiences. 

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    Danielle George
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The Little Prince is an adorable piece of literature by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. I read this in high school, and still keep a copy of this on my shelf that I read from time to time. Although I haven't heard of any children reading this book, I've seen it be recommended for children as well, and I can see why. The translation of this book is nice, and easy to read, and the stories that are told in the book give nice little life lessons that you may or may not miss on your first read through, and oddly enough, are lessons that I seem to get when I'm in need of them. "
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    #4Hamlet

    Hamlet
    This is one of the greatest plays of all times and this edition is the groundbreaking Cambridge School, established by Rex Gibson. This is the story of the tormented prince of Denmark confronted with the evidence that this uncle murdered his father. 
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    Laura Alvarado
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The old play brought back to life. Good introduction to Shakespeare."
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    #5The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)

    The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)

    Admired by the ancient Greek poets, one should have definitely got their hands on Homer's The Odyssey. It serves as the canon work in literature in which every man's journey through life was carefully and creatively narrated.

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    Debra Keller
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The Odyssey is a must read for anyone who is imaginative or likes greek mythology. The narration of Homer reminds me of todays reality shows and our fascination with good storytelling. "
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    #6Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 
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    Samantha King
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "We have come so far in modern society or have we? A timeless classic written in the 20th Century yet so applicable to the 21st Century. It is a certainly a must-read. "
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    #7The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke

    The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke
    The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke is a collection of the best works of the German-language poet. Almost a century after his death, his poems steel popular and influential. This is a bilingual edition: the poems are in German and translated into English by Stephen Mitchell. 
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    Juan Hernandez
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "A fairly large book of poetry. Some of them are pretty good and worth repeating to others. I enjoyed it for the most part."
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    #8Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice
    Pride and Prejudice is a book written by Jane Austen with an introduction from Anna Quindlen, which follows the story of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet as they venture into a series of courtship in the 18th century. 
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    Ryan Ramirez
    Written on May 1, 2018
    ""Pride and Prejudice" is a stunning release from Jane Austen. There's no question why this book is required reading at most schools. This is certainly one of the best books that I've read by a European author."
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    #9Steppenwolf

    Steppenwolf
    Steppenwolf is a novel by Hermann Hesse originally published in Germany in 1927. It is a mix of autobiography and psychoanalysis, as well as a critical view of the intellectual hypocrisy of the period.
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    Tyler Wilson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse is almost 100 years old but is still pretty relevant in today's society. It's part autobiography and part analysis of intellectual hypocrisy of the 1920s. It's an exploration of how blind ambition can alter who we are as human beings."
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    #10The Art of the Novel

    The Art of the Novel

    The Art of the Novel is a book by Milan Kundera translated into English by Linda Asher. Here, he examines the work of important figures such as Rabelais, Cervantes, Diderot, Tolstoy, and Sterne. It was published in 2003 by Harper Perennial.

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    Jeremy Cox
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This is a great book by a Czech author. I think the historical context that Kundera is known to provide is really great. This is a good choice and not too expensive either."
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    #11Swann's Way

    Swann's Way

    Swann's Way is the first book in the À la recherche du temps perdu series by Marcel Proust. This book was originally published in 1913. This book is a classic European literature.

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    Zhou Zhu
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "this novel is simply a masterpiece. The art with which this solitary pursuit of beauty is portrayed shines its light on every page of the novel. It is in the features that the characters share with masterpiece portraits, in the range of emotions evoked by a piece of music, in the ubiquitous metaphors. "
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    #121984

    1984

    1984 is a utopian and dystopian fiction written by George Orwell. First published in 1949, it is included in the NPR Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books.

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    Tiffany Boyd
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "One of the most classic fictions of all the time by the prolific writer George Orwell. Set in a futuristic living condition where everyone is monitored 24/7. Way ahead of its time, you can even be convicted of what you think. Its modern day meets paranoia in this extremely interesting diatribe into the human condition."
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    #13City of Darkness, City of Light

    City of Darkness, City of Light

    City of Darkness, City of Light is a historical fiction book written by Marge Piercy which centers on Danton and Robespierre, along with actress Claire Lacombe and chocolate maker Pauline Léon.

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    Judith Thomas
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a great fictional book that takes place in a wonderful European city. The details bring the beauty to life."
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    #14Light Thickens

    Light Thickens
    Light Thickens is the thirty-second book in the Roderick Alleyn series by Ngaio Marsh. This book was published in 1982. This book is a good combination of mystery and European literature.
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    Agustina López
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Light Thickens is an absolutely enjoyable mystery bringing theatre superstitions with real life murder. The characters range from pompous to kind, but which one committed the murder is the big secret. Ngaio Marsh has written yet another fabulous book as part of the Roderick Alleyn series, although this book can easily be read and understood without reading any of the other books in the series. I look forward to reading other books by Ngaio Marsh."
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    #15Charles Dickens

    Charles Dickens

    Charles Dickens is a nonfiction biography book about Charles Dickens written by Michael Slater. This book was published on November 10, 2009 by Yale University Press.

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    Joseph Castillo
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Charles Dickens is a timeless European author and this tell-all biography is a must read for any who would consider themselves a student of European literary history. That said, the biographer's prose is, while skillful, a bit dry and long-winded. This somewhat dilutes the great author's impact, 3 out of 5."
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    #16The General of the Dead Army

    The General of the Dead Army
    The General of the Dead Army is a European fiction book written by an Albanian novelist Ismail Kadare and was published on June 1st 2005 by New Amsterdam Books. It follows the story of a Italian general.
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    Johnny Freeman
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I relate with this book because its about a foreign general in foreign lands without being welcomed by the natives. In a way that was the experience of my life as a minority and still affects me to this day while I serve abroad in another nation. A great insight into how nonfactual information can be so readily adopted by those who do not understand each other. A great book and one everyone should read should they have some spare time. "
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    #17The Siege

    The Siege
    The Siege authored by the novelist Ismail Kadare is a historical fiction and a war-themed book published on May 15th 2008 by Canongate Books. It follows the war between two great civilizations.
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    Ishan Chavan
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Ismail Kadare’s The Siege dramatizes a relentless fictional assault on a Christian fortress in the Albanian mountains by the Ottoman Army in the fifteenth century. As the bloody and psychologically crushing struggle for control over the citadel unfolds, Kadare’s newest work opens a window onto the eternal clash between religions and empires as well as the exhilaration, despair, and immediacy of the battlefield. Kadare is a hugely respected novelist and a hero to his people, as well as an outspoken critic of all forms of totalitarianism. The Siege is a “powerfully atmospheric . . . and vividly rendered” (The Telegraph) novel of considerable cumulative power and resonance for our own times."
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    #18The Three-Arched Bridge

    The Three-Arched Bridge
    The Three-Arched Bridge is a historical fiction book from European literature written by Ismail Kadare and was published on  October 5, 2005 by Arcade Publishing. It set in the Balkan peninsula.
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    Ankita Rao
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "I'm not sure if this is one of the best books but it gives me the category that I asked for. So I like this solution because I feel like it tries it's best to do what I wanted."
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    #19Doruntine

    Doruntine
    Doruntine is a historical fiction book from the European literature written by Ismail Kadare and was published on January 3rd 1988 by Saqi Books. It follows a two women set in a medieval Albanian town.
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    Sara Duncan
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "In a medieval Albanian town, two women, mother and daughter, are on their deathbed. Three years have passed since Doruntine married a foreigner and went off with him to his home far to the west in Bohemia. In the meantime, war broke out and all her brothers died. And last night, she came home."
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    #20Broken April

    Broken April
    Broken April is a European literature and a fiction book written by Ismail Kadare and was published on November 6th 2003 by Vintage. It follows the murder story of Gjorg's brother by a neighbor.
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    Jeremy Wade
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I could get into reading this novel, so I can see where it would be interesting"
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    #21Morality Play

    Morality Play

    Morality Play is a mystery, historical European literature, fiction novel written by Barry Unsworth. It was published September 6, 2001 by Penguin Books.

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    Alejandro Aguirre
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "great"
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    #22The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London

    The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London

    The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London by Judith Flanders is a nonfiction book about the Victorian era. This was originally published in 2012. This book highlights what London is like when Charles Dickens arrived the place.

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    Daisy Wen
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This book gave me a really interesting take on the Victorian era. I am obsessed with Charles Dickens, so this was right up my alley."
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    #23Casanova in Love

    Casanova in Love

    Casanova in Love is a historical fiction book written by Andrew Miller. This historical fiction was published on October 31, 1998 by Harcourt Brace and Company.

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    George Sanders
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is an elegant old European style book. I felt it was better than other books I've read from the same time period."
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    #24Look to the Lady

    Look to the Lady

    Look to the Lady is the third book in the Albert Campion series by Margery Allingham. This is a fictional book on mystery and European literature. This book was published in 1931.

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    Peter Rice
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I have started to discover books by European authors. The one I am reading now and recommend is Look to the Lady which is the third book in the Albert Campion series by Margery Allingham. This is a fictional book on mystery and European literature. It is done in that old school European style that gives it a special charm to it."
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    #25Daily Life in Victorian England

    Daily Life in Victorian England

    Daily Life In Victorian England by Sally Mitchell is a nonfiction history book which was originally published in 1996. In this book, the author highlights what the ordinary life in England is like during the Victorian period.

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    Juan Willis
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "If you are interested in European authors, Daily Life in Victorian England by Sally Mitchell is a book that you should check out. There is a lot of good information in this book and I really learned a lot."
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    #26Casanova

    Casanova

    Casanova is a historical fiction book written by David Greig. This historical fiction was published on August 6, 2001 by Faber Faber. Casanova is available on Amazon.

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    Devansh Chauhan
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Completely unknown book with no reviews on it... I can't find much about it at all, and it's pricy for what it is. I would never suggest this let alone say it's the best."
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    #27Beowulf

    Beowulf

    Beowulf is a classic fantasy poetry book written by an anonymous author. This European literature book is first published in 975 and W.W. Norton & Company reproduced copies in 2001.

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Best What are the best books by European authors
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Count of Monte CristoBooks 59 Free
2The Man Without QualitiesBooks 54 Paid
3The Little PrinceBooks 50 Paid
4HamletBooks 49 Paid
5The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)Books 48 Paid
6Animal FarmBooks 45 Paid
7The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria RilkeBooks 42 Paid
8Pride and PrejudiceBooks 35 Free
9SteppenwolfBooks 32 Paid
10The Art of the Novel Books 29 Paid
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