20th Century in Literature - Cold War Period 1960-1989

Cold War Period 1960-1989


  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (USA)
  • The London Trilogy by Colin MacInnes (England) - first volume, Absolute Beginners, published in 1957
  • Cain's Book by Alexander Trocchi (UK, France, USA)
  • This Sporting Life by David Storey (UK)
  • A Burnt-Out Case by Graham Greene
  • Hiroshima Mon Amour by Marguerite Duras (France)
  • The Ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark (Scotland)
  • The Rosy Crucifixion by Henry Miller (USA) - trilogy, first volume published 1949
  • The Sot-Weed Factor by John Barth (USA)

Non-fiction and Quasi-fiction

  • The Morning of the Magicians by Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier (France) - the 1960s obsession with the occult starts here. Published in English 1963
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller Jr. (USA)


  • Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (USA)
  • A House for Mr Biswas by V. S. Naipaul (Trinidad, England)
  • Riders in the Chariot by Patrick White
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
  • A Severed Head by Iris Murdoch
  • Sword of Honour by Evelyn Waugh - trilogy, first volume published in 1952
  • Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates (USA)
  • Hear Us O Lord from Heaven Thy Dwelling Place by Malcolm Lowry - posthumous

Genre fiction

  • Solaris by Stanisław Lem (Poland)
  • Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein (USA)
  • The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (USA)


  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Russia)
  • A Clockwork Orange and The Wanting Seed by Anthony Burgess
  • Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Island by Aldous Huxley
  • The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing (Zimbabwe, England)
  • The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes (Mexico)
  • The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell - first volume published 1957
  • Big Sur by Jack Kerouac - the last of the Lost Generation at the end of the Beat Generation

Genre fiction

  • The IPCRESS File by Len Deighton (England) - first of the Harry Palmer novels


  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (USA) - the first major popular study on the deterioration of the environment


  • V. by Thomas Pynchon (USA)
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (USA, England)
  • The Time of the Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (USA)
  • The Collector by John Fowles (England)
  • The Lowlife by Alexander Baron (England)
  • Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (USA)

Genre fiction

  • Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle (France)
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré (England)
  • The Grifters by Jim Thompson


  • The Truce by Primo Levi)


  • Herzog by Saul Bellow
  • A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
  • Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby (USA)
  • The Spire by William Golding (England)
  • Nothing Like the Sun by Anthony Burgess

Genre fiction

  • The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick (USA)
  • Little Big Man by Thomas Berger (USA)


  • Understanding Media by Marshall McLuhan (Canada)


  • The Magus by John Fowles
  • The Interpreters by Wole Soyinka (Nigeria)
  • Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino (Italy)
  • The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski (Poland, USA)
  • Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush by Hunter Davies (England) - the kitchen sink novel mutates into the swinging 1960s novel


  • Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss (Germany, Sweden)


  • Briggflatts by Basil Bunting

Non-fiction and Quasi-fiction

  • The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby by Tom Wolfe (USA)
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley (USA)


  • A Man of the People by Chinua Achebe (Nigeria)
  • Alfie by Bill Naughton (England)
  • The Comedians by Graham Greene
  • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  • Tremor of Intent by Anthony Burgess

Genre fiction

  • Pavane by Keith Roberts (England)
  • The Anti-Death League by Kingsley Amis

Non-fiction and Quasi-fiction

  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs by Hunter S. Thompson (USA)
  • Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me by Richard Fariña (USA)


  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia)
  • The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
  • The Vendor of Sweets by R. K. Narayan (India)
  • Poor Cow by Nell Dunn (England)
  • A Grain of Wheat by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o


  • The First Circle by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • The Medium is the Message by Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore


  • Cocksure by Mordecai Richler (Canada)
  • Couples by John Updike (USA)
  • The Public Image by Muriel Spark
  • Lunar Caustic by Malcolm Lowry - posthumous

Non-fiction and Quasi-fiction

  • Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
  • The Armies of the Night and Miami and the Siege of Chicago by Norman Mailer
  • Bomb Culture by Jeff Nuttall (England)
  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion (USA)
  • The Teachings of Don Juan by Carlos Castaneda (USA)


  • Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
  • The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles
  • A Void by Georges Perec (France)
  • Passacaille by Robert Pinget (France)
  • Dark as the Grave wherein my Friend is Laid by Malcolm Lowry - posthumous

Genre fiction

  • Barefoot in the Head by Brian Aldiss
  • The Final Programme by Michael Moorcock (England, USA)
  • Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut (USA)
  • The Godfather by Mario Puzo (Italy)

Non-fiction and Quasi-fiction

  • Papillon by Henri Charrière (France)
  • The View Over Atlantis by John Michell (England)


  • Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion
  • Mr Sammler's Planet by Saul Bellow
  • October Ferry to Gabriola by Malcolm Lowry - posthumous

Genre fiction

  • The Hot Rock by Donald E. Westlake (USA)
  • Deliverance by James Dickey (USA)

Non-fiction and Quasi-fiction

  • The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer (Australia, England)
  • Groupie by Jenny Fabian (England)
  • Playpower by Richard Neville (Australia, England)
  • Revolt into Style by George Melly (England)
  • Soledad Brother by George Jackson (USA) - prison letters
  • Soul On Ice by Eldridge Cleaver (USA)


  • In a Free State by V. S. Naipaul (Trinidad, England)
  • M/F by Anthony Burgess
  • Our Gang by Philip Roth
  • The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart (USA)
  • Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins (USA)
  • Being There by Jerzy Kosinski

Genre fiction

  • The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth (England)

Non-fiction and Quasi-fiction

  • The Happy Hooker by Xaviera Hollander (Indonesia, Netherlands)
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson


  • The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman by Angela Carter (England)
  • Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
  • G by John Berger (England, France)
  • The Good for Nothing by Oguz Atay (Turkey)

Genre fiction

  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George V. Higgins (USA)
  • Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach (USA)
  • The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth


  • Crossing the Water and Winter Trees by Sylvia Plath


  • Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  • Crash by J. G. Ballard (England)
  • Season of Anomy by Wole Soyinka (Nigeria)
  • Life Is Elsewhere by Milan Kundera (Czechoslovakia, France)
  • Sweet Dreams by Michael Frayn (England)
  • Fear of Flying by Erica Jong (USA)
  • The Great American Novel by Philip Roth

Genre fiction

  • Frankenstein Unbound by Brian Aldiss


  • The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer (South Africa)
  • The Fan Man by William Kotzwinkle (USA)
  • The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Böll
  • Napoleon Symphony by Anthony Burgess
  • Myra Breckinridge and Myron by Gore Vidal - first of pair published in 1968

Genre fiction

  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré
  • Fletch by Gregory McDonald (USA)

Genre fiction

  • Jaws by Peter Benchley (USA)

Non-fiction and Quasi-fiction

  • All the President's Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (USA)


  • Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow
  • The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies - first volume published 1970
  • Dead Babies by Martin Amis (England)
  • The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel García Márquez
  • The History Man by Malcolm Bradbury (England)
  • The Periodic Table by Primo Levi - short stories

Genre fiction

  • Watership Down by Richard Adams (England)
  • The Choirboys by Joseph Wambaugh (USA)
  • Shōgun by James Clavell (England, USA)
  • Salem's Lot by Stephen King (USA)


  • Ragtime by EL Doctorow (USA)

Genre fiction

  • Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice (USA)

Non-fiction and Quasi-fiction

  • Roots by Alex Haley


  • Death and the King's Horseman by Wole Soyinka


  • The Engineer of Human Souls by Josef Škvorecký (Czechoslovakia)
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (USA)


  • Success by Martin Amis
  • The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch
  • Lanark by Alasdair Gray (Scotland)
  • Life: A User's Manual by Georges Perec
  • The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
  • Jake's Thing by Kingsley Amis
  • The World According to Garp by John Irving (USA)
  • 1985 by Anthony Burgess
  • Horatio Stubbs by Brian Aldiss - trilogy, first volume published in 1970

Genre fiction

  • Rumpole of the Bailey by John Mortimer (England)


  • A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul
  • The Unlimited Dream Company by J. G. Ballard
  • Sophie's Choice by William Styron (USA)

Non-fiction and Quasi-fiction

  • The White Album by Joan Didion
  • The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe (USA)


  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  • Pascali's Island by Barry Unsworth (England)
  • Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess


  • Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie (India, UK)
  • The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan (England)
  • The White Hotel by DM Thomas (England)
  • Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver (USA) - short stories

Genre fiction

  • The Red Dragon by Thomas Harris (USA)
  • Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith (England, Russia)


  • Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally (Australia)
  • An Ice-Cream War by William Boyd (Ghana, Scotland)
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker (USA)
  • A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami

Genre fiction

  • Prizzi's Honor by Richard Condon


  • Waterland by Graham Swift (England)
  • Shame by Salman Rushdie


  • Money by Martin Amis
  • Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney (USA)
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  • Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes (England)
  • Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
  • Enderby by Anthony Burgess - tetrology, first volume published in 1963
  • The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike


  • Empire of the Sun by J. G. Ballard


  • White Noise by Don DeLillo (USA)
  • Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis (USA)
  • Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson (England)
  • The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler (USA)
  • Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd (England)
  • Illywhacker by Peter Carey (Australia)
  • The Kingdom of the Wicked by Anthony Burgess

Genre fiction

  • L.A. Noir by James Ellroy (USA) - trilogy, first volume published 1984
  • "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood - (USA


  • Slaves of New York by Tama Janowitz (USA)
  • The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis
  • An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro (Japan, UK)
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (Canada)


  • Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o


  • The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
  • Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe

Genre fiction

  • Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow (USA)


  • Mother London by Michael Moorcock
  • Libra by Don DeLillo
  • Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey (Australia)
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

Genre fiction

  • Sprawl by William Gibson (Canada, USA) - trilogy, first volume published 1984


  • London Fields by Martin Amis
  • Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • To the Ends of the Earth by William Golding - trilogy, first volume published 1980
  • The Book of Evidence by John Banville (Ireland)
  • The Trick of It by Michael Frayn

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