The Telegraph picked 10 best Asian novels for people and The Dream of the Red Chamber in China tops the list
4. The Thousand Nights and One Night
Anonymous (First published in English 1706)
Wiley Scheherazade diverts the sultan from her execution with the poetic and riddlesome adventures of Aladdin, Ali Baba, Sinbad and mystical creatures. Packing in crime, horror, fantasy and romance, it influenced authors as diverse as Tolstoy, Dumas, Rushdie, Conan Doyle, Proust and Lovecraft.
5. Heat and Dust
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (1975)
In this compellingmnovel by the only person to have won both the Booker Prize and an Oscar, a woman travels to India to learn the truth about her step-grandmother and her life under the British Raj of the 1920s.
6. All About H Hatterr
G V Desani (1948)
It’s the glorious mash-up of English and Indian colloquialism that makes this book, about the son of a European merchant and a Malayan lady, such a wild, whimsical delight. Anthony Burgess admired its “creative chaos that grumbles at the restraining banks”.[ Editor: zyq ]