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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)

The Telegraph picked 10 best Asian novels for people and The Dream of the Red Chamber in China tops the list

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)

The Telegraph picked 10 best Asian novels for people and The Dream of the Red Chamber in China tops the list

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)

The Telegraph picked 10 best Asian novels for people and The Dream of the Red Chamber in China tops the list

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”.

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