The Best German Novels of the Twentieth Century is a list of books compiled in 1999 by Literaturhaus München and Bertelsmann, in which 99 prominent German authors, literary critics, and scholars of German ranked the most significant German-language novels of the twentieth century.
The group brought together 33 experts from each of the three categories. Each was allowed to name three books as having been the most important of the century. Cited by the group were five titles by both Franz Kafka and Arno Schmidt, four by Robert Walser, and three by Thomas Mann, Hermann Broch, Anna Seghers and Joseph Roth.
|1||1930-43||The Man Without Qualities
Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften
|3||1924||The Magic Mountain
|4||1929||Berlin Alexanderplatz||Alfred Döblin|
|5||1959||The Tin Drum
|6||1970-83||Anniversaries. From the Life of Gesine Cresspahl
Jahrestage 1-4: Aus dem Leben von Gesine Cresspahl
|10||1947||Doctor Faustus: The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkühn, Told by a Friend
Doktor Faustus: Das Leben des deutschen Tonsetzers Adrian Leverkühn, erzählt von einem Freunde