50 of SOAS’s favourite books by non-western authors


We asked, you answered

Yesterday to mark #WorldBookDay, we asked our followers on social media to suggest their favourite books by non-western authors and the response was fantastic! We received 100s of nominations but we thought that 50 was quite enough to keep you going for the next month, year or decade, depending on your voraciousness…

So without any further ado, here’s our list (in no particular order). How many have you read?

  1. A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
  2. Brothers, Yu Hua
  3. Nervous Conditions, Tsitsi Dangarembga
  4. The Quiet Violence of Dreams, K.Sello Duiker
  5. The Cockroach Dance, Meja Mwangi
  6. Rainbow Troops, Andrea Hirata
  7. The Corpse Walker, Liao Yiwu
  8. Half of a Yellow SunChimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  9. Small Island, Angela Levy
  10. 1Q84 Trilogy, Haruki Murakami
  11. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, William Kamkwamba
  12. Call me Woman, Ellen Kuzwayo
  13. The Sea of Fertility, Yukio Mishima
  14. House of Glass (Buru Quartet), Pramoedya Ananta Toer
  15. Twilight in Jakarta, Mochtar Lubis
  16. A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Husseini
  17. South Of The Border, West Of The Sun, Haruki Murakami
  18. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
  19. The Bastard of Istanbul, Elif Shafak
  20. My Bird, Fariba Vafi
  21. Dogeaters, Jessica Hagedorn
  22. This Earth of Mankind, Pramodya Ananta Toer
  23. Dust, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
  24. Under the Udala Trees, Chinelo Okparanta
  25. The Baghdad Eucharist (Ya Mariam), Sinan Antoon
  26. Palace Walk, Naguib Mahfouz
  27. Season of Crimson Blossoms, Abubakar Ibrahim
  28. Samarkand, Amin Maalouf
  29. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
  30. The Prophet, Khalil Gibran
  31. Woman at Point Zero, Nawal El-Saadawi
  32. So Long a Letter, Mariama Bâ
  33. Dream of the Red Chamber, Cao Xueqin
  34. A Home in Tibet, Tsering Wangmo Dhompa
  35. Island Beneath the Sea, Isabel Allende
  36. Narcopolis, Jeet Thayil
  37. Memed, my Hawk, Yasar Kemal
  38. Si Parasit Lajang, Ayu Utami
  39. After the Banquet, Yukio Mishima
  40. Chinese Whispers, Hsiao-hung Pai
  41. The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
  42. Half of Man is Woman, Zhang Xianlang
  43. Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  44. Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi
  45. Train to Pakistan, Khushwant Singh
  46. The Devotion of Suspect X, Keigo Higashino
  47. A Golden Age, Tahmima Anam
  48. The Garden of Evening Mists, Tan Twan Eng
  49. We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo
  50. The Glass Palace, Amitav Ghosh

Any glaring omissions? Let us know in the comments below.

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