I'm curious to know which books are missing from (and would merit inclusion in) this 2002 list based on a poll conducted with a participation of one hundred writers from fifty-four different countries. The organizers of the poll did not rank the books saying that "they are all on an equal footing," with the exception of Don Quixote which they said was the "best literary work ever written."
I'm encouraged by the fact that a few of my favorite books are on this list and I've so far identified ten books that I would be interested in checking out at a library to see if I might want to actually read them.
Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable (a trilogy) by Samuel Beckett http://www.jstor.org/stable/30225009?seq=1
Ficciones by J.L. Borges http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/08/31/reviews/borges-labyrinths.html
Nostromo by Joseph Conrad http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2021
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1400
Absalom, Abasalom! by William Faulkner http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/absalom/section1.rhtml
Stories http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/c#a708 by Anton Chekov
Ulysses by James Joyce http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/ulysses/themes.html
Ulysses sounds like it might be a difficult read. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01jrldv
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing http://thegoldennotebook.org/
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/midnightschildren/themes.html http://www.midnightschildren.com/
Memoirs of Hadrian by Margaret Yourcenar http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870411600457552228164397646...
P.S. Link to Top 100 from Project Gutenberg in terms of download frequency http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/scores/top