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List of the best postmodern novels from popular postmodern authors such as Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon, and Don DeLillo that are reactions against Enlightenment and Modernist literature. Postmodern novels use techniques like fragmentation, paradox and questionable narrators in their writing to be experimental in literature. The purpose of postmodern novels is to take serious subjects from a distance and disconnect and be able to depict the stories with irony and humor.

The list asks the question, “What is the best postmodern novel?” The list is voted on to decide the favorite postmodern novel. If some of the postmodern novels by the best postmodern writers aren't listed, then be sure to add them so that other readers can vote on them.

Some of the best themes and techniques that are used in postmodern novels are irony and black humor, metafiction, non-linear narratives and fragmentations, paranoia, minimalism, or maximalism. Novels that include these features are on the list, such as House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, The Unlimited Dream Company by J.G. Ballard and Lolita by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov. Vote up the best postmodern novels right here.
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Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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Gravity's Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Gravity's Rainbow Thomas Pynchon

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Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace

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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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If on a winter's night a trave... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels

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White Noise is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
White Noise Don DeLillo

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The Crying of Lot 49 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
The Crying of Lot 49 Thomas Pynchon

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House of Leaves is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski

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Breakfast of Champions is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Breakfast of Champions Kurt Vonnegut

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Molloy; Malone dies ; The unna... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels

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Labyrinths is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Labyrinths Jorge Luis Borges

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Lolita is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Lolita Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami

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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis

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Ficciones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Ficciones Jorge Luis Borges

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Underworld is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Underworld Don DeLillo

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Pale Fire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Pale Fire Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson

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The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco

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Ubik is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Ubik Philip K. Dick

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Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk

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The Recognitions is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
The Recognitions William Gaddis

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Libra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Libra Don DeLillo

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The Sot-Weed Factor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
The Sot-Weed Factor John Barth

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1979 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
1979 Christian Kracht

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The French Lieutenant's Woman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels

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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Hocus Pocus Kurt Vonnegut

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Crash is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Crash J. G. Ballard

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Hopscotch is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Hopscotch Julio Cortázar

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Wittgenstein's Mistress is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Wittgenstein's Mistress David Markson

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The young man is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
The Young Man Botho Strauß

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Cloud Atlas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Cloud Atlas David Mitchell

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Choke is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Choke Chuck Palahniuk

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Terra nostra is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Terra Nostra Carlos Fuentes

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Blood and Guts in High School is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels

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The House of Assignation is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
The House of Assignation Alain Robbe-Grillet

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The Tunnel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
The Tunnel William H. Gass

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The Unlimited Dream Company is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels