Third World Literature

In 1989, New Internationalist magazine published a list of their favourite novels from countries that were then considered part of the "Third World." I read them then, and probably should re-read some of them, because most of them were outstanding. That stands to reason, I suppose - if you pick out the ten best novels of all time from countries that represent well over half the world's population, you're bound to get some winners. These are in no particular order.

Author Works Country
Sembene Ousmane God's Bits of Wood Senegal
Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart Nigeria
Ngugi Wa Thiong'o Petals of Blood Kenya
Gabriel Garcia Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude Colombia
Salman Rushdie Midnight's Children India
Nawal el Saadawi Woman at Point Zero Egypt
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Mario Vargas Llosa The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta Peru
V S Naipaul A House for Mr Biswas Trinidad
Isabel Allende Of Love and Shadows Chile

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