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英媒评出十佳亚洲小说 《红楼梦》居首

Asian literature offers some of the most beautiful prose ever written. We pick the classics all books fans should read.

1、The Dream of the Red Chamber
Cao Xueqin (printed 1791)
With a cast of more than 400 characters, this episodic novel written in the vernacular rather than classical Chinese tells of two branches of an aristocratic family with a tragic love story at its humane heart.

2、A Fine Balance
Rohinton Mistry (1995)
Set during the Emergency of 1970 (a period marked by political unrest, torture and detentions), Mistry is critical of then-prime minister Indira Gandhi. Four characters from very different backgrounds are brought together by rapid social changes.

Ryunosuke Akutagawa (1915)
作者:芥川龙之介 (1915年出版)
The author of more than 150 modernist short stories, but no full-length novels, Ryunosuke published Rashomon in a university magazine when he was just 17.

4、The Thousand Nights and One Night
Anonymous (First published in English 1706)
作者:不详 (1706年英文首版)
Wiley Scheherazade diverts the sultan from her execution with the poetic and riddlesome adventures of Aladdin, Ali Baba, Sinbad and mystical creatures. Packing in crime, horror, fantasy and romance, it influenced authors as diverse as Tolstoy, Dumas, Rushdie, Conan Doyle, Proust and Lovecraft.

5、Heat and Dust
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (1975)
作者:露丝·普拉瓦尔·杰哈布瓦拉 (1975年出版)
In this compelling novel by the only person to have won both the Booker Prize and an Oscar, a woman travels to India to learn the truth about her step-grandmother and her life under the British Raj of the 1920s.
小编注:布克奖(The Man Booker Prize,或Booker Prize,又简称the Booker),是英语文学最重要的年度书奖之一,从1969年开始颁发,每年颁发一次。

6、All About H Hatterr
G V Desani (1948)
作者:G·V·德萨尼 (1948年出版)
It’s the glorious mash-up of English and Indian colloquialism that makes this book, about the son of a European merchant and a Malayan lady, such a wild, whimsical delight. Anthony Burgess admired its “creative chaos that grumbles at the restraining banks”.

7、The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Haruki Murakami (1994)
作者:村上春树 (1994年出版)
This labyrinthine and hallucinogenic novel gets going when Toru Okada’s cat disappears in suburban Tokyo. He consults a pair of psychic sisters who appear to him in dreams and reality. But although Murakami’s plot meanders, it never loses its pace or its humanity.

8、Spring Snow
Yukio Mishima (1969-71)
作者:三岛由纪夫 (1969年-1971年间出版)
Before committing ritual suicide in November 1970, Mishima posted this tetralogy of novels (named after a dry lunar plain once believed awash with water) to his publisher. It’s a saga of 20th-century Japan, in which a law student imagines a school friend constantly reincarnated.

9、Midnight's Children
Salman Rushdie (1980)
作者:萨尔曼·拉什迪 (1980年出版)
Magic realism meets postcolonial India in the ambitious, colourful and clever novel which was awarded the “Booker of Bookers” Prize. Hero Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947: the second of India’s independence and is endowed with an extraordinary talent.

10、The God of Small Things
Arundhati Roy (1997)
作者:阿伦德哈蒂·罗伊 (1997年出版)
This intense and exquisitely written tale of fraternal twins unfolds against a backdrop of communism, the caste system, and Christianity in Kerala from the Sixties to the Nineties. “Change is one thing,” writes Roy in her Booker Prize-winning debut, “Acceptance is another”.


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