One book on the list:
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan KunderaRead about the other entries on Mullan's list.
For Kundera, a visit to a nasty lav is emblematic of existential torment. The loo that Tereza visits in a Prague tower block is "broad, squat, and pitiful ... the enlarged end of a sewer pipe". Perching on the cold enamel rim she knows true humiliation. "As she voided her bowels, Tereza was overcome by a feeling of infinite grief and loneliness."
Lee Child called The Unbearable Lightness of Being "his private pick for the 20th–century novel that will live the longest."