10 greatest books that will remove your mind’s corrosion

Shawon Sarowar
4 min readMar 31, 2021

Today you can find many self-improvements or personal development books. We’re not going to talk about this. Here we’re talking about literature: Fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry, myths, or modern.

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1. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust’s ‘In search of lost time’ preserve the past. This seven Volume novel is also mentionable for its length. It was called the greatest fiction to date. A French novelist, critic, and essayist Proust started his work in 1909. It took him 14 years to complete this masterpiece. A publisher refused Proust for the first volume but later he wrote to Proust that it was one of the greatest mistakes of his life. After translated into English by C. K. Scott Moncrieff this book got publicity.

2. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Raskolnikov, a 23 years old law student lives in his own ideology. With his ideology, poverty, and inner struggle, he committed an awful crime. He killed an old woman. But then he realizes his fault. Following Sonya’s guide, he confesses his crime. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, a Russian novelist, short story writer, and philosopher. His glorious ‘Crime and punishment’ were published in 1966, when the economic backwardness of the Russian monarchy, fanaticism of various religions, and illiteracy plunged the Russian nation into deep darkness.

3. Middlemarch by George Eliot

Middlemarch, A Study of Provincial Life is a novel which is set in the fictitious Midlands town of Middlemarch during 1829–32. The two main plots are Dorothea and Lydgate. This book described two major life choices, one is marriage and the other is a vocation. George Eliot was one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. Her work Middlemarch (1871) has been described by Martin Amis and Julian Barnes as the greatest novel in the English language.

4 . The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

‘The Great Gatsby’ by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald was published in 1925. The story starts from a long Island with Jay Gatsby and his love beautiful Daisy Buchanan. Through the rise and fall of the characters, the writer introduces a lost generation at the end of ‘The Great War’ and unravels the mystery of the American Dream. Definitely, ‘The Great Gatsby’ is one of the great works of twentieth-century literature.

5 . Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

The protagonist of the story, Humbert Humbert, a professor of middle-aged literature, fell in love with his 12-year-old girl, Dolores Haze, and developed a physical relationship with her. ‘Lolita’ by Russian-American author Vladimir Nabokov is discussed for its controversial issues. But it’s literature, an art, a great work. We should look at it through the eyes of art. The novel was written in English and was published in 1955 by Olympia Press in Paris. The author himself translated it into Russian and the novel was published in 1986 by Fayedra Publishers in New York. Today it is considered one of the best literary works of the twentieth century.

6 . Hamlet by William Shakespeare

The play deals with the assassination of King Hamlet of Denmark, his brother Claudius’ accession to the throne, his marriage to his brother’s widow, and his nephew Prince Hamlet’s revenge. Hamlet is considered to be Shakespeare’s longest play and the most powerful and influential mourning work in English literature. Exactly when the playwright William Shakespeare wrote ‘Hamlet’, no exact date is available. However, it is believed that it was composed between 1599 and 1602.

7. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

‘War and Peace’ is a world-famous novel by Leo Tolstoy. The novel described the event of Russia invaded by France and the impact on Caesarean society in the Napoleonic era through the statements of five aristocratic families. The main point is about war and the struggle of the people for peace. The novel was first published in 1869. In 2009, Time magazine ranked War and Peace third in the list of the world’s top 10 books. War and peace have been translated into many languages.

8. Ulysses by James Joyce

Ulysses, a novel by Irish writer James Joyce is about the one-day activities surrounding Leopold Bloom. It is generally regarded as a masterpiece. The story of the novel is taken from Homers’ odyssey. The author is describing the very common event with the artistic craftsmanship. It was first published in 1922. It is considered one of the most important works of modern literature and has been called “a demonstration and summation of the entire movement.” Definitely Ulysses is one of the greatest books of world literature.

9 . One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

One hundred years of solitude is the most significant work of world literature. It was written by Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez in 1967. The story tells about a multi-generation Buendia family. it is an epic, genre-changing, extraordinary novel. The ultimate thing is magic realism, a style of writing in which the supernatural is presented as earthly, and the earthly as supernatural or extraordinary. Here, the author showed the masterly use of magic realism. Stylistically it was considered the author’s masterpiece. One Hundred Years of Solitude has been translated into 46 languages and sold more than 50 million copies.

10 . The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

The Divine Comedy is a long Italian narrative poem by Dante Alighieri, which began in 1308 and completed in 1320. The poem’s imaginative vision of the afterlife is representative of the medieval world. It is divided into three parts: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. It describes Dante’s descent into Hell with Virgil as a guide. His ascent of Mount Purgatory and encounter with his dead love, Beatrice; and finally, his arrival in Heaven. It is one of the greatest works of world literature.