The Modern Literary Novel

This website celebrates the world-wide literary novel since approximately the beginning of the twentieth century, arranged by nationality.  It is a personal but extensive survey of literary fiction since around 1900, which will continue to grow.

Here you will find well over 1300 authors writing in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish, or translated into one of those languages, together with biography, bibliography and selected book reviews.

I am a translator by background.  What I have put together here is very much a personal collection which I hope will be useful to some people.  To find out more about what I have and have not included, and why, please visit the FAQ page.

Le roman au XXe siècle va d’une affirmation à une négation, d’une présence encombrante à une absence totale, d’un immense bruit à un silence quasi complet. [The novel in the 20th century goes from an affirmation to a negation, from an overwhelming presence to a total absence, from a huge noise to almost complete silence]. Jean-Yves Tadié in Roman d’hier à demain