This is REALLY exciting! Qwiklit.com always comes up with great lists with recommendations on new classics and those books that have stood the test of time. However, with "20 Classic Novels You've Never Heard Of" they really gathered an amazingly diversified collection that highlights no less than 12 books in translation, published between the 1880s and 1960s.
Check out these gems translated from Italian, French, German, Spanish, and Icelandic:
- Giovanni Verga's "The House by the Medlar Tree"
- Joris-Karl Huysmans' "Against the Grain," also known as "Against Nature"
- Theodor Fontane's "Effi Briest"
- Henri Alain-Fournier's "The Great Estate"
- Raymond Roussel's "Locus Solus"
- Karl Kraus' "The Last Days of Mankind"
- Italo Svevo's "Confessions of Zeno," also known as "Zeno's Conscience"
- Luigi Pirandello's "One, None and a Hundred Thousand"
- Alfred Döblin's "Berlin Alexanderplatz"
- Robert Musil's "The Man Without Qualities"
- Halldór Laxness' "Independent People"
- Julio Cortázar's "Hopscotch"
Click here to see the complete list, with a brief synopsis on each book and the remaining eight titles originally written in English.