Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century
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The 100 Books of the Century (French: Les cent livres du siècle) is a list of the one hundred best books of the 20th century, according to a poll conducted in the spring of 1999 by the French retailer Fnac and the Paris newspaper Le Monde.
Starting from a preliminary list of 200 titles created by bookshops and journalists, 17,000 French voted by responding to the question, "Which books have stayed in your memory?" (« Quels livres sont restés dans votre mémoire ? »).
The list of acclaimed titles mixes great novels with poetry and theatre, as well as the comic strip. The first fifty works on the list were the subject of an essay by Frédéric Beigbeder,The Last Inventory Before Liquidation, in which he notably drew attention to its French-centred character. The list emphasizes French novels more, because of the demographics of the surveyed group.
The 100 Books of the Century
Note: Classified by the language of the book's first publication, which may not be the author's principal language.