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Of course that's a personal question since there is no objective indication for that.

Who are greatest novelists/authors from your country of birth? Maybe top 3 would be nice? and lovers of literature like me would really enjoy such references, try to get to know your literature and authors from your region.

For me top 3 are:

Orhan Pamuk
Sabahattin Ali
Yaşar Kemal

Would like to read yours!
 

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Orhan Pamuk is great. I read a few of his novels and was really impressed. Need to check the other two.
Pamuk is indeed great! Yeah maybe you could enjoy the other two as well.

What would be your suggestions on Polish literature mate?
 

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Orhan Pamuk is great. I read a few of his novels and was really impressed. Need to check the other two.
Pamuk is indeed great! Yeah maybe you could enjoy the other two as well.

What would be your suggestions on Polish literature mate?
Well, speaking of contemporary literature only my personal TOP3 recommendations would be:

1. Stanislaw Lem
2. Witold Gombrowicz
3. Marek Hlasko
 

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Well, speaking of contemporary literature only my personal TOP3 recommendations would be:

1. Stanislaw Lem
2. Witold Gombrowicz
3. Marek Hlasko
Will check if there are any English or Turkish translations available for those authors! Thanks mate.
 

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Chinua Achebe - One of his most popular books was Things fall apart. It's been translated in over 50 languages.

Chimamanda Adichie - She's a contemporary author. Known for novels such as Americanah, Half of a Yellow Sun

Wole Soyinka - First African to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Mostly a playwright, but has written novels and poems.
 

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Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje and Barbara Gowdy.
Alice Munroe is a great master, but of the short story, no novels.
 

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Petar Petrovic Njegoš
Jovan Dučić
Vladislav Petković Dis
Ivo Andrić (Nobel - I can't read that tho)
Meša Selimović
Miloš Crnjanski
Desanka Maksimović
Duško Radović
Borislav Pekić
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Ismail Kadare is the best known (many times candidate for Nobel) but I' not very fond of literature
 

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Tim Winton probably tops the Australian authors list.

Matthew Reilly also interesting.
Michael Robotham for those who like crime/psychological thriller.

One book I read ages ago but has stayed with me since is Gillian Rubinstein's "Space Demons". It is targeted towards youth but it's brilliantly written and covers psychological challenges in a really neat way.

Gwen Harwood has some great poems. I will share one here:

 

MOTHER WHO GAVE ME LIFE


Mother who gave me life
I think of women bearing
women. Forgive me the wisdom
I would not learn from you.

It is not for my children I walk
on earth in the light of the living.
It is for you, for the wild
daughters becoming women,

anguish of seasons burning
backward in time to those other
bodies, your mother, and hers
and beyond, speech growing stranger

on thresholds of ice, rock, fire,
bones changing, heads inclining
to monkey bosom, lemur breast,
guileless milk of the word.

I prayed you would live to see
Halley’s Comet a second time.
The Sister said, When she died
she was folding a little towel.

You left the world so, having lived
nearly thirty thousand days:
a fabric of marvels folded
down to a little space.

At our last meeting I closed
the ward door of heavy glass
between us, and saw your face
crumple, fine threadbare linen

worn, still good to the last,
then, somehow, smooth to a smile
so I should not see your tears.
Anguish: remembered hours:

a lamp on embroidered linen,
my supper set out, your voice
calling me in as darkness
falls on my father’s house.

Also Oodgeroo Noonucal, Aboriginal poet

Shaun Tan's "The Arrival" is brilliant (though it's wordless, but the illustrations truly tell a unique and enthralling story about migrants, must read)
 

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Well, speaking of contemporary literature only my personal TOP3 recommendations would be:

1. Stanislaw Lem
2. Witold Gombrowicz
3. Marek Hlasko
Stanislaw Lem really interested me! Loads of his book already translated into Turkish it turns out. Will check the others.

Chinua Achebe - One of his most popular books was Things fall apart. It's been translated in over 50 languages.

Chimamanda Adichie - She's a contemporary author. Known for novels such as Americanah, Half of a Yellow Sun

Wole Soyinka - First African to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Mostly a playwright, but has written novels and poems.
Thanks. 4 of Achebe's books available in Turkish. Beside Things fall apart, Arrow of God is also tempting. Will have a look on others later on.
 

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Re: Greatest novelists from your country? (Universal Literature talk)

Petar Petrovic Njegoš
Jovan Dučić
Vladislav Petković Dis
Ivo Andrić (Nobel - I can't read that tho)
Meša Selimović
Miloš Crnjanski
Desanka Maksimović
Duško Radović
Borislav Pekić
The Bridge on the Drina was best seller for a few years here as well. I started reading but couldn't finish, was too hard to continue because of the indicents told...At times I teared up a bit. Great writing though.

Heard of Mesa Selimovic several times. Others I will check.

Ismail Kadare is the best known (many times candidate for Nobel) but I' not very fond of literature
Heard of The Fall of the Stone City once, five other books available in my tongue, including The General of the Dead Army. Interesting shout. Thanks!
 

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Stanislaw Lem really interested me! Loads of his book already translated into Turkish it turns out. Will check the others.
With LEM I thought so, he's been translated into over 40 different languages so Turkish must be among them. I recommend you to start with "Solaris" - his most famous piece of work.
 

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The Bridge on the Drina was best seller for a few years here as well. I started reading but couldn't finish, was too hard to continue because of the indicents told...At times I teared up a bit. Great writing though.

Heard of Mesa Selimovic several times. Others I will check.
Njegos, Maksimovic and Dis are poets. Ducic is a poet too but he also wrote several books. Radovic was a journalist, poet, screenplay writer/writer, but don't know if he works if you're not from Serbia and Belgrade specifically. Check Pekic, he's really good and internationally acknowledged.

Milorad Pavic is famous Serbian writer too. His "Dictionary of the Khazars" had big success, got translated in about 40 languages. Unique format since it's made out of 3 parts you can read in whatever order you want.

Best of Serbian literature however, is our people's epic poetry, majority of which deals with time under ottoman empire, so you might find that interesting.
 

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My name on here is the book title of one my favourite Dutch writers book. Him being Arnon Grunberg.
 

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Speaking of International authors, I would like to hear @Andrej 's opinion on Emil Michel Cioran, he is very popular here, what a great mind.

Have you ever read of him, and how is his picture there in Romania?
 

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Greatest alive: António Lobo Antunes
Recently passed: José Saramago (1998 literature Nobel)
Long-time classic: Eça de Queiroz
 

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I've read a fair bit, but skipped over a lot of classics, as I studied Comparative Literature at university, a discipline which obviously has a more international reading list than English Literature. As such, I can relate more about writers like Mann, Lispector and Pessoa than domestic canonical figures like Dickens, Austen and Walpole.

That said, I have a soft spot for the 20th century English novel. In particular:

- Evelyn Waugh
- Malcolm Bradbury
- Graham Greene
- Peter Ackroyd
- G. K. Chesterton
 
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