Wasafiri magazine polled 25 international writers (including Indra Sinha, Amit Chaudhuri and Chika Unigwe) to find the most influential book of the last 25 years. There’s a deeply satisfying diversity of responses–when was the last time one of these “best of ” lists wasn’t dominated by canonical white dudes? The authors named this time round include Ondaatje, Mildred Taylor and Raymond Carver (bet you didn’t see that one coming). The winner, with three votes, was Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude.
Sujata Bhatt has prefaced her choice (Marquez) with the words “I don’t think any book has shaped world literature to the extent that the internet has in the past 25 years.” Hmm, interesting.
The article can be read in its entirety here.