A List of Good Asian Books

In no particular order. Taken from here.

1. The Gift of Rain – Tan Twan Eng
2. Temptations of the West: How to be Modern in India, Pakistan, Tibet and Beyond – Pankaj Mishra
3. Silk Road – Colin Thubron
4. Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found – Suketu Mehta
5. Beijing Coma – Ma Jian
6. The Wasted Vigil – Nadeem Aslam
7. Burnt Shadows – Kamila Shamsie
8. In Other Rooms, Other Wonders – Daniyal Mueenuddin
9. The Temple-Goers – Aatish Taseer
10. The Harmony Silk Factory – Tash Aw
11. The Last Song of Dusk – Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi
12. The Inspector Chen Series – Qiu Xiaolong
13. The Glass Palace – Amitav Ghosh
14. Sacred Games – Vikram Chandra
15. Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry
16. The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai
17. The Golden Age – Tahmima Anam
18. Butcher and Bolt – David Loyn
19. Greetings from Bury Park: Race Religion and Rock and Roll – Sarfraz Mansoor
20. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
21. Snow – Orhan Pamuk
22. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress – Dai Sijie
23. The White Moghuls – William Dalrymple
24. Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
25. White Tiger – Aravind Adiga
26. Descent into Chaos – Ahmed Rashid
27. Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi
28. China Road – Rob Gifford
29. Writing on the Wall: China and the West in the 21st Century – Will Hutton
30. God’s Terrorists – Charles Allen
31. Holy Warriors: A Journey into the Heart of Indian Fundamentalism – Edna Fernandes
32. Khandahar Cockney – James Fergusson
33. Brick Lane – Monica Ali
34. Persepolis: The Story of an Iranian Childhood – Marjane Satrapi
35. The Kite Runner – Khalid Hosseini
36. The Places in Between – Rory Stewart
37. The Vagrants – Yiyun Li
38. The Boat – Nam Le
39. Madwoman on the Bridge – Su Tong
40. Evening is the Whole Day – Preeta Samarasan
41. Once on the Shore – Paul Yoon
42. The Calligrapher’s Daughter – Eugenia Kim
43. The Assassin’s Song – MG Vassanji
44. Imperial Life in The Emerald City – Rajiv Chandrasekaran

My personal additions to the list:

45. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
46. Chinese Cinderella – Adeline Yen Mah
47. The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures – Malba Tahan
48. Confessions of an Old Boy: The Dato’ Hamid Adventures – Kam Raslan
49. Empress Orchid – Anchee Min
50. Sing to the Dawn – Minfong Ho

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