What are the best metafictional novels?

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    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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    Timothy Ellis
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "1984 is a great metafictional novel. However, this particular book is the French edition. Unless you can read and understand French, you will want to look for the English version. "
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    #2Don Quixote

    Don Quixote
    Don Quixote by the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes is considered the first modern novel. It was published in two parts, in 1605 and 1615. It is about a rich man who went crazy after reading chivalry tales and traveled around the world. 

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    #3The Brothers Karamazov

    The Brothers Karamazov

    The Brothers Karamazov is Fyodor Dostoyevsky's final novel. It tells the story of four brothers―Dmtiri, Ivan, Alyosha, and Smerdyakov. Dostoyevsky writes about 19th-century Russian life and talks about religion, ethics, and morality.


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    Madison Ford
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "This is a good translation of this book despite what some might say. They obviously don't speak Russian like I sometimes do and am therefore able to completely understand the nuances between each version. I've read this work at least 8 or 9 times at this point and have read all of the different version of it, so I consider myself among the more advanced readers among these other reviewers. One should definitely read this translation if they want to get the full experience and to appreciate the various subtleties that are sanitized out of other translations. The reader will feel the full gamut of emotions while reading this fantastic work."
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    Fangirl is Rainbow Rowell's novel narrating the life of Cath, an avid Simon Snow fan who was struggling to let go of her fandom but had to learn to grow up and face the harsh realities of her adolescent life.


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    #5The Blind Assassin

    The Blind Assassin

    The Blind Assassin is a Booker Prize-winning novel by Margaret Atwood. It tells the story of two sisters, Laura and Iris Chase, as Iris recalls and tries to understand the life of her deceased sister through her novel "The Blind Assassin."


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    Amit Subramanium
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "This is a tale that examines a lot of darker issues in life so be prepared before you start this journey. "The Blind Assassin" will make you aware of your surroundings, at times, in a metafictional way. Little clues throughout the book help you form a full grasp of what is happening. The stories alternated but I still cared about each character's pathway."
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    #6Sophie's World

    Sophie's World

    Sophie's World is a philosophical fiction novel written by Jostein Gaarder. This book was first published in 1991 by Berkley Books. It was originally written in Norwegian with the title Sofies Verden.


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    Christian Martin
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This is a sharp and well written book that is an excellent mental journey through philosophy and mankind's struggle to understand the world around them. It's told in a fictional style that is both engaging and simplistic enough to allow the author to present ideas that make deep impressions without being didactic. A good addition to any intelligent person's mental book shelf."
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    #7The Man in the High Castle

    The Man in the High Castle

    The Man in the High Castle is an alternate history novel written by Philip K. Dick. It first appeared in print in October 1962. The novel was adapted as a TV series produced by Amazon Studios and premiered in January 2015.


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    Lawrence Snyder
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I've always loved fiction, sci-fi, and metafictional novels! The man in the high castle, by Philip Dick, is a great fit for someone like myself! This genre can go a number of different directions, but this book stays true to the metaficiton genre! I would definitely recommend this to a few of my friends, who I know share my interests!"
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    #8Pale Fire

    Pale Fire
    Pale Fire is Vladimir Nabokov's dark and postmodern novel filled with suspense, deceptive pleasures, literary idolatry, and political intrigue. Dr. Charles Kinbote wrote a foreword and a comment in this book.

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    Daniel Griffin
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "When I think meta-and fiction, Pale Fire is the first book that comes to mind. I really enjoyed it. I look forward to more in the future."
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    #9The Master and Margarita

    The Master and Margarita

    The Master and Margarita is a satire about the devil visiting the godless Soviet Union in the 1930s. Mikhail Bulgakov wrote the book during Stalin's regime and can be regarded as a response to political repression.


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    Louis Ruiz
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "As an allegory, The Master and Margarita stands apart from much of the literature written during this time period. In this exposition, Bulgakov takes us inside the mind of the characters, and let's us experience the zeitgeist of Moscow in the 1930's. A true samizdat, the book was a cultural touchstone to those living under Stalin's regime, and a most important expression of human creativity."
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    #10The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights

    The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights
    The Arabian Nights is the tales about the life of Shahrazad who has a king husband who executed each of his wives. A collection of tales such as Aladdin, and Sinbad the Seaman and Sinbad the Landsman are part of this story.

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    John Gonzalez
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Good solution, 4.1 stars out of 5 on Amazon. Only 200 reviews though."


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