Here are the three that might be on my top ten list as well:
Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of CholeraRead about Hamid's top 10.
A book I loved so much that I have never been able to bring myself to read it again. Romantic, glorious, and for me radiant with the possibilities of what a novel could be.
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
Because no one has ever written in more masterful a voice, and no one has ever been so funny while treating subjects so painfully grim.
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
For his understanding of human nature, the scope of his imagination, and his ability to tell a story that never lets you go.
See the Page 69 Test: The Reluctant Fundamentalist.