List of literary works by number of translations

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This is a list of literary works (including novels, plays, series, collections of poems or short stories, and essays and other forms of literary non-fiction) sorted by the number of languages they have been translated into.


Title Author Date Number of languages with source Language
The Bible See Authorship of the Bible See Dating the Bible 3,312 (at least one book)[1]
2,191 (at least New Testament)[1]
670 (Old and New Testaments, including
the Protocanonical books)[1]
Hebrew,
Aramaic,
Koinḗ Greek
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint Exupéry 1943 300[2] French
What Does the Bible Really Teach? Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania 2005, 2014 272[3] English
Pinocchio Carlo Collodi 1883 >260[4] Italian
Dao De Jing Laozi 400BC >250[5] Chinese
Pilgrim's Progress John Bunyan 1678 200[6] English
My Book of Bible Stories Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania 1978, revised 2004 194[7] English
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll 1865 174[8] English
Andersen's Fairy Tales Hans Christian Andersen 1835–1852 153[9] Danish
El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 1615 >140 (complete and portions)[10][11] Spanish
Am I Small? Philipp Winterberg 2013 >120[12] German
The Adventures of Asterix René Goscinny & Albert Uderzo 1959–present 112[13] (all volumes are not available in all languages) French
Book of Mormon See Origin of the Book of Mormon 1830 110[14] English
The Adventures of Tintin Hergé 1929–1976 96[15]>(all volumes are not available in all languages) French
The Imitation of Christ Thomas à Kempis ca. 1418 95[16] Latin
Harry Potter J. K. Rowling 1997 80[17][18] English
Bhagavad Gita Vyasa 3100 BCE 80[19] Sanskrit
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank 1947 73[20] Dutch
The Upright Revolution: Or Why Humans Walk Upright Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o 2016 71[21] Gikuyu
The Way to Happiness L. Ron Hubbard 1980 >70[22] English
The Kon-Tiki Expedition: By Raft Across the South Seas Thor Heyerdahl 1948 >70[23] Norwegian
Pippi Longstocking Astrid Lindgren 1945 70[24] Swedish
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho 1988 70[25][26] Portuguese
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain 1885 65[27] English
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell 1949 65[28] English
Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There Lewis Carroll 1871 65[29] English
Isha Upanishad Various 500 BCE 64[30] Sanskrit
Kalevala Elias Lönnrot (compiler) 1835/1849 61[31] Finnish
Quo vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz 1895 61[32][33] Polish
My Name Is Red Orhan Pamuk 1998 60[34] Turkish
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien 1937 59[35] English
Sophie's World Jostein Gaarder 1991 59[36] Norwegian
The Good Soldier Švejk Jaroslav Hašek 1923 58[37] Czech
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe 1958 57[38] English
A Doll's House Henrik Ibsen 1879 56[39] Norwegian
The Bible—God’s Word or Man’s? Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania 1989 56[40] English
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien 1954 56[41] languages, with 86 translations total English
Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro 2005 52 English
Heidi Johanna Spyri 1880 50[42] German
Out Stealing Horses Per Petterson 2003 50[43] Norwegian
Qur'an See Origin and development of the Qur'an 650 50 (complete), 114 (portions)[44] Classical Arabic
The Purpose Driven Life Rick Warren 2002 50[45] English
Sleep Tight, Little Wolf Ulrich Renz 2015 77[46] German
The Chronicles of Narnia C. S. Lewis 1950–1957 47[47] English
The Bridge on the Drina Ivo Andrić 1945 47[48] Serbo-Croatian
The Remains of The Day Kazuo Ishiguro 1989 47 English
The Story of San Michele Axel Munthe 1929 >45[49] English
The Stranger Albert Camus 1942 45[50] French
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle 1969 45[51] English
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown 2003 44[52] English
The Moomins Tove Jansson 1945 43[53] Swedish
Atonement Ian McEwan 2001 42 English
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 1925 42[54] English
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini 2003 42[55] English
Solaris Stanisław Lem 1961 42[56][57][58] Polish
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Carlo Rovelli 2014 41[59] Italian
Before I Go to Sleep S. J. Watson 2011 40[60] English
Miffy Dick Bruna 1955 40[61] Dutch
Paddington Bear Michael Bond 1958 40[62] English
The Tragedy of Man Imre Madách 1861 40[63] Hungarian
Amsterdam Ian McEwan 1998 39 English
The Family of Pascual Duarte Camilo José Cela 1942 39[64] Spanish
A Song of Ice and Fire George R.R. Martin 1996–Present 39 English
The Bookseller of Kabul Åsne Seierstad 2002 38[65] Norwegian
Cold Skin Albert Sánchez Piñol 2002 37[66] Catalan
The Book of Mirrors Eugen Chirovici 2017 37[67] English
The General of the Dead Army Ismail Kadare 2003 37[68] Albanian
Perfume Patrick Süskind 1985 37[69] German
Thirukkural Thiruvalluvar ca. 500-200 BCE 37[70] Tamil
Dictionary of the Khazars Milorad Pavić 1984 37[71] Serbian
Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery 1908 36[72] English
Norwegian Wood Haruki Murakami 1987 36[73] Japanese
White Teeth Zadie Smith 1999 36 English
Cien Años de Soledad Gabriel García Márquez 1967 > 35[74] Spanish
Dead Until Dark Charlaine Harris 2001 35[75] English
Freakonomics Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner 2005 35[76] English
My Life, My Faith Jaerock Lee 2006 35[77][78] Korean
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Helen Beatrix Potter 1902 35[79] English
Totto-chan, the Little Girl at the Window Tetsuko Kuroyanagi 1981 35[80] Japanese
Pan Tadeusz Adam Mickiewicz 1834 34[81] Polish
The Time of the Doves Mercè Rodoreda 1962 34[82] Catalan
The Power of Now Eckhart Tolle 1997 >33[83][84] English
Ender's Game Orson Scott Card 1985 33[85] English
Gone With the Wind Margaret Mitchell 1936 32[86] English
Bambi: A Life in the Woods Felix Salten 1923 32[87] German
'Art' Yasmina Reza 1994 30[88] French
Buddenbrooks Thomas Mann 1901 30[89] German
Chasing Vermeer Blue Balliett 2003 30[90] English
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Alexander McCall Smith 1998 30[91] English
The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett 1989 30[92] English
Spiderwick Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black 2003 30[93] English
The Tale of Genji Murasaki Shikibu 1001 30[94] Japanese
Under the Yoke Ivan Vazov 1893 30[95] Bulgarian
In Defence of Global Capitalism Johan Norberg 2001 28[96] Swedish

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ The Watchtower - Study Edition, February 2015, page 27. Available online.
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  5. ^ [2] Daoist Texts in Translation by Louis Komjathy, Boston University
  6. ^ John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress, W.R. Owens, ed., Oxford World's Classics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), xiii: "...the book has never been out of print. It has been published in innumerable editions, and has been translated into over two hundred languages."
  7. ^ Awake!, November 2007, page 18. Available online.
  8. ^ Alice in a World of Wonderlands.
  9. ^ Hans Christian Andersens Fairytales in 128 languages
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  11. ^ 65 according with Biblioteca Nacional de España
  12. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Philipp-Winterberg/e/B0046S0JVW/
  13. ^ http://www.asterix-obelix.nl/index.php?page=manylanguages/collection.inc
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  18. ^ Despite sources that should know declaring Scots to be the '80th' language Harry Potter is available in, this is not the case. Scots was the 80th official translation—6 of which have been a second translation into the same language. It's also worth noting that not all 7 books are available in all 74 languages. Consequently, the number of languages the first Harry Potter book is available in is 74 + the original English:
    1. "The List". Retrieved 2018-04-16.
    2. "Bloomsbury Provides a Number". Retrieved 2018-04-16.
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  44. ^ According to the al-quran.info online quranic project, the complete Qur'an is listed as having been translated into 47 languages. But, according to another source that number is 50: Rana, Nabeel A. (3 September 1993). "Quran Translated into 114 Languages". Retrieved 23 August 2013.
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  55. ^ The Independent on The Kite Runner: "It's been published in 38 countries, translated into 42 languages, turned into an Oscar-nominated movie – and sold more than 10 million copies." (15 April 2008)
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  58. ^ ""Solaris" in Baza literatury polskiej w przekładach" (in Polish). National Library of Poland. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  59. ^ The Guardian Carlo Rovelli: ‘Science is where revolutions happen’: "It is translated in 41 languages." (16 October 2016)
  60. ^ Taylor, Drew (30 October 2014). "Review: Amnesia Thriller 'Before I Go to Sleep' Starring Colin Firth & Nicole Kidman". IndieWire. Retrieved 25 January 2018. It [Before I Go to Sleep] has been translated into 40 languages and racked up blockbuster numbers in France, Canada, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, and the United States. (And this was writer S.J. Watson‘s debut novel.)
  61. ^ 'I saw Matisse – and came up with Miffy' ,Telegraph.co.uk (12 September 2006)
  62. ^ Bear with us – Paddington celebrates 50th with a new book ,Daily Mail (2 June 2008)
  63. ^ Arcanum Adatbázis Kft Archived 13 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  64. ^ La familia de Pascual Duarte llega a Corea del Sur, La Voz Libre (6 November 2009)
  65. ^ "Gjensyn med et radbrukket land". Aftenposten. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  66. ^ Institut Ramon Llull (Press Releases) on Cold Skin: "The novel, first published in Catalan by La Campana in 2002, has now been translated into 37 languages." (8 December 2009)
  67. ^ "The Book of Mirrors by E.O. Chirovici". www.penguin.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-07-03. Already translated into 37 languages, The Book of Mirrors is the perfect novel for fans of psychological suspense and reading group fiction.
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  69. ^ Obsessed with Scent ,GNN (30 October 2003)
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  71. ^ Dictionary of the Khazars. A lexicon-novel in 100.000 words (14 August 2015)
  72. ^ The Nashua Telegraph on Anne of Green Gables: "First published in Boston, the book has been translated into 36 languages and sold more than 50 million copies. " (20 March 2008)
  73. ^ Yomiuri Shimbun (31 July 2008) (Japanese language)
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  81. ^ Stanisław Pigoń (1980). "Wstęp". Pan Tadeusz (in Polish). Wrocław: Zakład Narodowy im. Ossolińskich. p. CXXXI–CXXXII. ISBN 83-04-00446-1.
  82. ^ El Periódico on The Time of the Doves: "The novel has been translated into 34 languages. In honor of this feat, the Gràcia district opens today an exhibition about it." (26 September 2012)
  83. ^ Eckhart Tolle Biography. New York Times (2008-03-05). Times Topics.
  84. ^ "KALIMA publishes Eckhart Tolle's 'A New Earth and the Power of Now' in Arabic as well". WAM: Emirates News Agency. 1 April 2010. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
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  86. ^ CNN Transcript – Sunday Morning News `Gone With the Wind' Translated Into Russian ,CNN (25 March 2001)
  87. ^ Felix Salten: A Preliminary Bibliography of His Works in Translation. Compiled by Markus Lång. Retrieved 8 December 2016. (Note: Serbocroatian is not included into the total count.)
  88. ^ The Idaho Statesman on Art: "Since then it has been translated into 30 languages." (15 April 2008)
  89. ^ The Los Angeles Times on Buddenbrooks: "Buddenbrooks, which has been translated into over 30 languages, has long been Thomas Mann's most popular book." (27 June 1993)
  90. ^ Publishers Weekly on Chasing Vermeer: "Chasing Vermeer, which was published in 2004, has sold more than a million copies for Scholastic, and has been translated into more than 30 languages." (17 March 2008)
  91. ^ The Independent on 'The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency': "Award-winning author Alexander McCall Smith, whose best-selling books about a Botswanan female detective are printed in more than 30 languages, is accused by human rights campaigners of stereotyping tribal groups in Africa." (16 March 2008)
  92. ^ Variety on The Pillars of the Earth (2 April 2008)
  93. ^ The New Zealand Herald on Spiderwick: "After all, the books had sold millions and had been translated into 30 languages, so it seemed like a good idea." (9 April 2008)
  94. ^ Washington University, Saint Louis on The Tale of Genji: "Now a central pillar of the Japanese literary canon, the book has inspired writers and artists working in every conceivable genre and medium, and has been translated into more than 30 languages." (4 April 2008)
  95. ^ [8](29 April 2009)
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