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One Hundred Years of Solitude heads literature poll

25th September 2009

Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel One Hundred Years of Solitude has been voted the book which has most shaped world literature in the last 25 years.

An international panel of 25 writers was asked by Wasafiri magazine to choose the piece of writing which they feel has been the most influential over the past quarter century.

Marquez's work was the only book to receive more than one vote, after being chosen by Chika Unigwe, Nii Ayikwei Parkes and Sujata Bhatt.

Other pieces in the 25-strong list include The Famished Road by Ben Okri, The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje and Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama.

Commenting on the chosen titles, Wasafiri editor Susheila Nasta told the Daily Telegraph that 'international writing' was considered 'off-centre' when the magazine was launched 25 years ago.

'This selection shows how much the landscape has changed, with many of these titles now part of our literary canon,' she added.

Earlier this week, Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat was named as one of the new Fellows of the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation, which recognises the work of creative individuals.

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