Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
All Quiet on the Western Front and Spark of Life by Erich Maria Remarque
The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio and, subsequently, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales
"One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich" by Solzhenitsyn is so, so, so, so riveting.
It's astounding to me that the Soviets even allowed the publication of the book. It's such a damning picture of the Stalin-era Soviet gulag system. I can't imagine something like that coming out of something like the North Korean regime....
I had to go with Cancer Ward
, because the thing with the monkey gets me every time, but yeah, he's produced several fantastic works. I think he got away with Ivan Denisovich
because Khrushchev had denounced Stalin in '56. As far as I know, it and later works did contribute to Solzhenitsyn's deportation during the seventies. He pushed his leeway a little too far.