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Books reviewed in chronological order – 1930-1939

1930

Roberto Arlt: Los siete locos (The Seven Madmen)
Fausta Cialente: Natalia
John Dos Passos: 42nd Parallel (Part 1 of U.S.A.)
Caradoc Evans: Nothing to Pay
William Faulkner: As I Lay Dying
William Gerhardie: Pending Heaven
Jean Giono: Regain (Harvest; later: Second Harvest)
Wyndham Lewis: The Apes of God
Robert Musil: Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften (The Man Without Qualities) 1. und 2. Teil
Ludwig Renn: Nachkrieg (After War)
Henry Handel Richardson: The Fortunes of Richard Mahony
Mihail Sadoveanu: Baltagul (The Hatchet)
Jun’ichiro Tanizaki: 卍 (Quicksand)
Evelyn Waugh: Vile Bodies
Henry Williamson: Patriot’s Progress
Stanisław Witkiewicz: Nienasycenie (Insatiability)

1931

Stella Benson: Tobit Transplanted (US: The Far-Away Bride)
Willa Cather: Shadows on the Rock
William Faulkner: Sanctuary
Juan Filloy: ¡Estafen! [Swindle!]
Jean Giono: Le Grand Troupeau (To the Slaughterhouse)
Caroline Gordon: Penhally
Neil Gunn: Morning Tide
John Hampson: Saturday Night at the Greyhound
James Hanley: Boy
Halldór Laxness: Salka Valka (Salka Valka)
Anthony Powell: Afternoon Men
Dorothy Richardson: Dawn’s Left Hand
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: Vol de nuit (Night Flight)
W V Tilsley: Other Ranks
Vladislav Vančura: Markéta Lazarová
Nathanael West: The Dream Life of Balso Snell
Virginia Woolf: The Waves

1932

Hermann Broch: Die Schlafwandler (The Sleepwalkers)
Mary Butts: Death of Felicity Taverner
Erskine Caldwell: Tobacco Road
Louis-Ferdinand Céline: Voyage au bout de la nuit (Journey to the End of the Night)
John Dos Passos: Nineteen Nineteen (Part 2 of U.S.A.)
James T Farrell: Young Lonigan (Part 1 of the Studs Lonigan trilogy)
William Faulkner: Light in August
Lewis Grassic Gibbon: Sunset Song
Stella Gibbons: Cold Comfort Farm
Ellen Glasgow: The Sheltered Life
Neil Gunn: The Lost Glen
Aldous Huxley: Brave New World
François Mauriac: Le noeud de vipères (Vipers’ Tangle; later: The Knot of Vipers)
Vladimir Nabokov: Камера Обскура (Camera Obscura; Laughter in the Dark)
Liam O’Flaherty: Skerrett
Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz: Farinet ou la fausse monnaie [Farinet or the Forged Money]
Jun’ichiro Tanizaki: 蘆刈 (Ashikari; later: The Reed Cutter)
Evelyn Waugh: Black Mischief

1933

Caradoc Evans: Wasps
Ford Madox Ford: The Rash Act
David Gascoyne: Opening Day
Lewis Grassic Gibbon: Cloud Howe
Neil Gunn: Sun Circle
Ilf and Petrov: Золотой телёнок (The Little Golden Calf; The Golden Calf)
Norah Lange: 45 días y 30 marineros [45 Days and 30 Sailors]
André Malraux: La Condition humaine (Storm in Shanghai; Man’s Estate; Man’s Fate)
Thomas Mann: Die Geschichten Jaakobs (The Tales of Jacob)
Mao Dun: 子夜 (Midnight)
François Mauriac: Le Mystère Frontenac (UK: The Frontenac Mystery; US: The Frontenacs)
Robert Musil: Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften (The Man Without Qualities) 3. Teil
Seán O’Faoláin: A Nest of Simple Folk
Pa Chin: 家 (Family)
Monique Saint-Hélier: Bois-Mort (The Abandoned Wood)
Aksel Sandemose: En flyktning krysser sitt spor (A Fugitive Crosses His Tracks)
Vyacheslav Shishkov: Угрюм-река (Gloomy River)
Ignazio Silone: Fontamara (Fontamara)
Jun’ichiro Tanizaki: 春琴抄 (The Story of Shunkin; later: A Portrait of Shunkin)
Chiyo Uno: 色ざんげ (Confessions of Love)
Nathanael West: Miss Lonelyhearts
Henry Williamson: The Gold Falcon

1934

Miklos Bánffy: Megszámláltattál (They Were Counted)
Caradoc Evans: This Way to Heaven
James T Farrell: The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan (Part 2 of the Studs Lonigan trilogy)
Juan Filloy: Op Oloop (Op Oloop)
F. Scott Fitzgerald: Tender Is the Night
William Gerhardie: Resurrection
Lewis Grassic Gibbon: Grey Granite
Jean Giono: Le Chant du monde (The Song of the World)
Caroline Gordon: Aleck Maury, Sportsman
Neil Gunn: Butcher’s Broom
Jorge Icaza: Huasipungo (Huasipungo; US: Huasipungo. The Villagers)
Halldór Laxness: Sjálfstætt fólk: hetjusaga (Independent People)
Lernet-Holenia: Die Standarte (The Standard; The Glory is Departed)
Thomas Mann: Der junge Joseph (The Young Joseph)
Henry de Montherlant: Les Célibataires (UK: Lament for the Death of an Upper Class, US: Perish in Their Pride; later editions: The Bachelors)
George Orwell: Burmese Days
Graciliano Ramos: São Bernardo (São Bernardo)
Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz: Derborence (When the Mountain Fell)
Antal Szerb: A Pendragon-legenda (The Pendragon Legend)
Vladislav Vančura: Konec starých casu (The End of the Old Times)
Evelyn Waugh: A Handful of Dust
Nathanael West: A Cool Million

1935

Loukis Akritas: Νέος με καλάς συστάσεις (Young Man Seeks Position: Good References)
Jorge Amado: Jubiabá (Jubiabá)
Georges Bernanos: Un Crime (US: A Crime: UK: The Crime)
María Luisa Bombal: La Ultima niebla (House of Mist)
Mary Butts: Scenes from the Life of Cleopatra
Elias Canetti: Blendung (UK: Auto da Fé; US: The Tower of Babel)
Willa Cather: Lucy Gayheart
Juan Emar: Miltín 1934
Juan Emar: Un año [One Year]
James T Farrell: Judgment Day (Part 3 of the Studs Lonigan trilogy)
William Faulkner: Pylon
Ellen Glasgow: Vein Of Iron
Graham Greene: England Made Me
James Hanley: The Furys
Christopher Isherwood: Mr Norris Changes Trains
François Mauriac: La Fin de la nuit (The End of the Night)
Zofia Nałkowska: Granica (Boundary)
Andrei Platonov: Джан (Soul)
Dorothy Richardson: Clear Horizon
Jun’ichiro Tanizaki: 武州公秘話 (The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi)
Jun’ichiro Tanizaki: 武州公秘話 (The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi)
Józef Wittlin: Sól ziemi (The Salt of the Earth)
Kyūsaku Yumeno: ドグラマグラ (Dogra Magra)

1936

Jorge Amado: Mar morto (Sea of Death)
James Barke: Major Operation
Djuna Barnes: Nightwood
Georges Bernanos: Journal d’un Curé de Campagne (Diary of a Country Priest)
Louis-Ferdinand Céline: Mort à credit (Death on the Installment Plan; UK: Death on Credit)
Austin Clarke: The Singing Men at Cashel
John Dos Passos: The Big Money (Part 3 of U.S.A.)
William Faulkner: Absalom, Absalom
William Gerhardie: Of Mortal Love
Jean Giono: Que ma joie demeure (Joy of Man’s Desiring)
Gafur Gulom: Shum bola [The Rascal]
James Hanley: The Secret Journey
Aldous Huxley: Eyeless in Gaza
Lao She: 駱駝祥子 (Camel Xiangzi; Rickshaw; Rickshaw Boy)
Andrew Lytle: The Long Night
Thomas Mann: Joseph in Ägypten (Joseph in Egypt)
Henry de Montherlant: Les jeunes filles (The Girls)
Henry de Montherlant: Pitié pour les femmes (Pity for Women)
Vladimir Nabokov: Отчаяние (Despair)
Irène Némirovsky: Jézabel (A Modern Jezebel; later: Jezebel)
Seán O’Faoláin: Bird Alone
George Orwell: Keep The Aspidistra Flying
Anak Agung Pandji Tisna: Sukreni Gadis Bali (The Rape of Sukreni)
Premchand: गोदान (The Gift of a Cow; Godan: A Novel of Peasant India)
Kate Roberts: Traed Mewn Cyffion (Feet in Chains)
Ignazio Silone: Pane e vino (Bread and Wine)
Stevie Smith: Novel on Yellow Paper
Jun’ichiro Tanizaki: 猫と庄造と二人の女 (A Cat, A Man and Two Women)

1937

Sadriddin Aini: Марги судхур (Death of a Money Lender)
Miklos Bánffy: És híjával találtattál (They Were Found Wanting)
Witold Gombrowicz: Ferdydurke (Ferdydurke)
Caroline Gordon: None Shall Look Back
Oskar Maria Graf: Anton Sittinger [Anton Sittinger]
Neil Gunn: Highland River
Zora Neale Hurston: Their Eyes Were Watching God
Yasunari Kawabata: 雪國 (Snow Country)
Halldór Laxness: Heimsljós (World Light)
Wyndham Lewis: The Revenge for Love
André Malraux: L’Espoir (Man’s Hope; Day’s of Hope)
Henry de Montherlant: Le démon du Bien (The Demon of Good; later Costals)
Henry de Montherlant: Famine
Antal Szerb: Utas és holdvilág (Journey by Moonlight)
Virginia Woolf: The Years

1938

Riccardo Bacchelli: Il mulino del Po (The Mill on the Po)
Samuel Beckett: Murphy
María Luisa Bombal: La amortajada (The Shrouded Woman)
Elizabeth Bowen: The Death of the Heart
George Călinescu: Părinții Otiliei (later: Enigma Otiliei) [The Enigma of Otilia]
Alba de Céspedes: Nessuno torna indietro (There’s No Turning Back)
Lawrence Durrell: The Black Book
D.O. Fagunwa: Ogboju Ode Ninu Igbo Irunmale (The Forest of a Thousand Daemons)
William Faulkner: The Unvanquished
William Gerhardie: My Wife’s the Least of it
Stella Gibbons: Nightingale Wood
Graciliano Ramos: Vidas Secas (Barren Lives)
Julien Gracq: Au château d’Argol (The Castle of Argol)
Graham Greene: Brighton Rock
James Hanley: Hollow Sea
Kuvempu: Kānūru heggadithi (The House of Kanooru)
Aleksander Majkowski: Żëcé i przigodë Remusa. Zvjercadło kaszubskji (Life and Adventures of Remus)
Vladimir Nabokov: Приглашение на казнь (Invitation to a Beheading)
Vladimir Nabokov: Дар (The Gift)
Raja Rao: Kanthapura
Dorothy Richardson: Dimple Hill
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: Terre des hommes (Wind, Sand, and Stars)
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: Pilote de guerre (Flight to Arras)
Hans Scherfig: Den forsvundne fuldmægtig (The Missing Bureaucrat)
Jean-Paul Sartre: La Nausée (US: Nausea; UK: The Diary of Antoine Roquentin)
Naoya Shiga: 暗夜行路 (A Dark Night’s Passing)
Allen Tate: The Fathers
Evelyn Waugh: Scoop

1939

William Faulkner: The Wild Palms (later title: If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem)
Konstantine Gamsakhurdia: დიდოსტატის მარჯვენა/Десница великого мастера (The Hand of a Great Master)
Henry Green: Party Going
Graham Greene: The Confidential Agent
Neil Gunn: The Silver Darlings
Neil Gunn: Wild Geese Overhead
Aldous Huxley: After Many a Summer (US: After Many a Summer Dies the Swan)
Christopher Isherwood: Goodbye to Berlin
Jørgen-Frantz Jacobsen: Barbara (Barbara)
James Joyce: Finnegans Wake
Thomas Mann: Lotte in Weimar (The Beloved Returns)
Henry de Montherlant: Les Lépreuses (The Lepers; later The Hippogriff)
Saneatsu Mushanokōji: 愛と死 (Love and Death)
Flann O’Brien: At Swim-Two-Birds
George Orwell: Coming Up For Air
Anthony Powell: What’s Become of Waring
Miklós Szentkuthy: Széljegyzetek Casanovához (Marginalia on Casanova)
Miklós Szentkuthy: Fekete Reneszánsz (Black Renaissance)
Nathanael West: The Day of the Locust

Other links

Publishers Weekly list of bestselling novels in the United States in the 1930s
The Books of the Century: 1930-1939
Modern Literature Time Chart (1930 – 1939)
Modern US literature chronological order