In 2003 he named his top ten 20th-century political novels for the Guardian. One title on the list:
The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek (1923)Read about the other books on the list.
Shaggy-dog stories of beautiful incompetence, of effortless anarchy spread through the Austrian army in 1914 by our eponymous idiot hero. A comic handbook on how to undermine authority in the most enjoyable way possible, written by a notorious hoaxer, drinker and vagrant Bohemian.