In Demand: 16 Of The World’s Most Translated Books

One of the most rewarding parts of literature is knowing that, even if you fall in love with an author’s story and it is not available in your foreign language, there is still a generous chance that the book will one day be printed in your native tongue. This proved true for the following 16 books, not all of which are widely popular per say, though they are loved by readers globally.


1. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Original Language: French

# Of Translations: 253


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2. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

Original Language: Italian

# Of Translations: 240


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3. Andersen’s Fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen

Original Language: Danish

# Of Translations: 159


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4. The Adventures Of Tintin by Hergé

Original Language: French

# Of Translations: 112

Copy of the cover of the book The Adventures of Tintin, Explorers on the Moon by HergŽ published by Little, Brown.

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5. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Original Language: Portuguese

# Of Translations: 80


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6. The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank

Original Language: Dutch

# Of Translations: 67

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7. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Original Language: English

# Of Translations: 65

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8. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

Original Language: Norwegian

# Of Translations: 60


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9. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Original Language: English

# Of Translations: 50


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10. Perfume by Patrick Süskind

Original Language: German

# Of Translations: 47


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11. The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Original Language: English

# Of Translations: 45


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12. The Moomins Series by Tove Jansson

Original Language: Swedish

# Of Translations: 44


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13. Miffy Series by Dick Bruna

Original Language: Dutch

# Of Translations: 40


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14. Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong (Lü Jiamin)

Original Language: Mandarin

# Of Translations: 39


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15. One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Márquez

Original Language: Spanish

# Of Translations: 37


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16. Anne Of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Original Language: English

# Of Translations: 36

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Which books do you hope will be translated in the near future?

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