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 Year of Publication Number of languages with source Origin / Language
The Bible See Authorship of the Bible See Dating the Bible 2,883 (at least one book)[1]
1,329 (New Testament)[1]
531 (Old and New Testaments, including the Protocanonical books)[1]
Hebrew, Aramaic, Koinḗ Greek
Listen to God and Live Forever Watch Tower Society 2011 583 (standard version)[2]
483 (Listen to God—simplified version)[2]
United States English
Universal Declaration of Human Rights United Nations Commission on Human Rights 1948 440[3] England English,France French, Spain Spanish
What Does the Bible Really Teach? Watch Tower Society 2005 272[4][not in citation given] United States English
My Book of Bible Stories Watch Tower Society 1978, revised 2004 269[5][not in citation given] United States English
Pinocchio Carlo Collodi 1883 >240[6] Italy Italian
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint Exupéry 1943 216[7] France French
The Watchtower—Announcing Jehovah's Kingdom Watch Tower Society 1879–present >200[8] (semi-monthly journal) United States English
Pilgrim's Progress John Bunyan 1678 200,[9] 70 listed at[10] England English
The Secret of Family Happiness Watch Tower Society 1996 168[11][not in citation given] United States English
Andersen's Fairy Tales Hans Christian Andersen 1835–1852 153[12] Denmark Danish
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne 1870 147 France French
Learn From the Great Teacher Watch Tower Society 2003 140[13][not in citation given] United States English
Steps to Christ Ellen G. White 1892 >135,[14] >140[15] United States English
Draw Close to Jehovah Watch Tower Society 2002, revised 2014 124[16][not in citation given] United States English
The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived Watch Tower Society 1991 114[17][not in citation given] United States English
The Adventures of Asterix René Goscinny & Albert Uderzo 1959–2010 112[18]

France French

Awake! Watch Tower Society 1919–present 101[19][not in citation given](monthly journal) United States English
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll 1865 97[20] England English
The Adventures of Tintin Hergé 1929–1976 96[21] BelgiumFrench
The Imitation of Christ Thomas à Kempis ca. 1418 95[22] Latin
Book of Mormon See Origin of the Book of Mormon 1830 82 (complete)
25 (partial)[23]
United States English
The Way to Happiness L. Ron Hubbard 1980 >70[24] United States English
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho 1988 67[25] Brazil Portuguese
Harry Potter J. K. Rowling 1997 67[26] United KingdomEnglish
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell 1949 65[27] United KingdomEnglish
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain 1885 65[28] United StatesEnglish
Pippi Longstocking Astrid Lindgren 1945 64[29] Sweden Swedish
Kalevala Elias Lönnrot (compiler) 1835/1849 61[30] Finland Finnish
My Name Is Red Orhan Pamuk 1998 60[31] Turkey Turkish
Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle 1887 60[32] United Kingdom English
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank 1947 60[33] Netherlands Dutch
The Good Soldier Švejk Jaroslav Hašek 1923 58[34] Czech Republic Czech
The Message of the Cross Jaerock Lee 2002 57[35] South Korea Korean
Qur'an See Origin and development of the Qur'an 650 50 (complete), 114 (portions)[36] Classical Arabic
Quo vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz 1895 >50[37] Poland Polish
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe 1958 50[38] Nigeria English
Heidi Johanna Spyri 1880 50[39] Switzerland German
The Purpose Driven Life Rick Warren 2002 50[40] United States English
El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 1615 48[41][42] Spain Spanish
The Story of San Michele Axel Munthe 1929 >45[43] Sweden English
The Stranger Albert Camus 1942 45[44] France French
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle 1969 45[45] United States English
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown 2003 44[46] United States English
The Moomins Tove Jansson 1945 43[47] Finland Swedish
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini 2003 42[48] United States English
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 1925 42[49] United States English
Paddington Bear Michael Bond 1958 40[50] United Kingdom English
Miffy Dick Bruna 1955 40[51] Netherlands Dutch
Tragedy of Man Imre Madách 1861 40[52] Hungary Hungarian
Tirukkural Thiruvalluvar 0012 37[53] India Tamil
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien 1937 40[54] United Kingdom English
The Family of Pascual Duarte Camilo José Cela 1942 39[55] Spain Spanish
The General of the Dead Army Ismail Kadare 2003 37[56] Albania Albanian
Cold Skin Albert Sánchez Piñol 2002 37[57] Catalonia Catalan
Perfume Patrick Süskind 1985 37[58] Germany German
Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery 1908 36[59] Canada English
Norwegian Wood Haruki Murakami 1987 36[60] Japan Japanese
Cien Años de Soledad Gabriel García Márquez 1967 > 35[61] Colombia Spanish
Freakonomics Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner 2005 35[62] United States English
Dead Until Dark Charlaine Harris 2001 35[63] United States English
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Helen Beatrix Potter 1902 35[64] United Kingdom English
Totto-chan, the Little Girl at the Window Tetsuko Kuroyanagi 1981 35[65] Japan Japanese
My Life, My Faith Jaerock Lee 2006 34[66] South Korea Korean
The Time of the Doves Mercè Rodoreda 1962 34[67] Catalonia Catalan
Left Behind Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins 1995 34[68] United States English
The Power of Now Eckhart Tolle 1997 >33[69][70] Canada English
Ender's Game Orson Scott Card 1985 33[71] United States English
Goosebumps R. L. Stine 1992 32[72] United States English
Alexander Trilogy Valerio Massimo Manfredi 1998 32[73] Italy Italian
Gone With the Wind Margaret Mitchell 1936 32[74] United States English
'Art' Yasmina Reza 1994 30[75] France French
Spiderwick Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black 2003 30[76] United States English
The Tale of Genji Murasaki Shikibu 1001 30[77] Japan Japanese
Millennium Trilogy Stieg Larsson 2005 30[78] Sweden Swedish
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Alexander McCall Smith 1998 30[79] United Kingdom English
The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett 1989 30[80] United Kingdom English
Chasing Vermeer Blue Balliett 2003 30[81] United States English
Buddenbrooks Thomas Mann 1901 30[82] Germany German
Under the Yoke Ivan Vazov 1893 30[83] Bulgaria Bulgarian
In Defence of Global Capitalism Johan Norberg 2001 28[84] Sweden Swedish

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c [1] (Figures correct as of 2014.)
  2. ^ a b An International Brochure That Teaches With Pictures
    This number includes editions in Sign Languages (DVD) and Braille. Available online
  3. ^ Universal Declaration of Human Rights; Download at the official website.
  4. ^ Study material for beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses.
    Includes editions in Sign Languages (DVD) and Braille.Available online.
  5. ^ A children's book of 116 Bible stories
    Includes 27 editions in Sign Languages.Available online.
  6. ^ Giovanni Gasparini. La corsa di Pinocchio. Milano, Vita e Pensiero, 1997. pagina 117. ISBN 88-343-4889-3
  7. ^ "The Little Prince - my Collection". Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  8. ^ Includes editions in Sign Languages (DVD) and Braille. Available online
  9. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/threecounties/do_that/lit_map/beds_lit_map.shtml
  10. ^ Brown, J. (1885). John Bunyan: His Life, Times and Work. Isbister. pp. 483–486. 
  11. ^ Includes 10 editions in Sign Languages. Available online.
  12. ^ Hans Christian Andersens Fairytales in 128 languages
  13. ^ Includes 5 editions in Sign Languages. Braille format not yet counted.Available online.
  14. ^ Herbert E. Douglass. Messenger of the Lord
  15. ^ Steps to Christ (Audio CD), Editorial Reviews
  16. ^
    Available online
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  17. ^ Available online.
  18. ^ http://www.asterix-obelix.nl/index.php?page=manylanguages/collection.inc
  19. ^ Includes editions in Sign Languages (DVD) and Braille. (Awake! was called The Golden Age between 1919 & 1937; then Consolation between 1937 & 1946.)Available online
  20. ^ Bandersnatch: The Newsletter of The Lewis Carroll Society, Issue 149 (January 2011), p. 11.
  21. ^ Tintin Around the World
  22. ^ http://ftp.unesco.org/xtrans/a/openisis.a?a=THOMAS+A+KEMPIS&ns=/xtrans/stat/xTransList.a%3Flg&tie=and&t3=11&t4=10 Index Translationum for The Imitation of Christ
  23. ^ "The translators of the Book of Mormon.". MormonTimes (Deseret News). Date of article: 20 February 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  24. ^ http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records-6000/most-translated-author-same-book/
  25. ^ Paulo Coelho's Official Website PauloCoelho.com (28 March 2009)
  26. '^ The Telegraph-Journal on Harry Potter (15 April 2008)
  27. ^ John Rodden. The Politics of Literary Reputation: The Making and Claiming of "St. George" Orwell
  28. ^ Great Books: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Segment 11: The Popularity of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (06 August 2013)
  29. ^ "The Pippi books have been translated to 64 languages " (2009)
  30. ^ "National epic "The Kalevala" reaches the respectable age of 175". Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  31. ^ "Orhan Pamuk’s novels translated into 60 languages". Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  32. ^ The Fort Dodge Messenger on Sherlock Holmes: "The Holmes stories have been translated into more than 60 languages. " (13 April 2008)
  33. ^ Deaf news around Europe and the world Article 2, European Union of the Deaf
  34. ^ http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/ct24/regiony/224333-hasek-je-na-roztrhani-ma-vlastni-pomnik-z-osmi-kusu/
  35. ^ "Urim Books exhibits book by pastor at New Delhi Book Fair", The Korea Herald, 2014-02-26, retrieved 2014-02-27 
  36. ^ 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. 
  37. ^ http://www.unesco.org/xtrans/bsresult.aspx?lg=0&a=Sienkiewicz&stxt=Quo%20vadis&fr=0 Index Translationum for Quo vadis
  38. ^ The Philadelphia Enquirer on Things Fall Apart (27 March 2008)
  39. ^ Johanna Spyri – FREE Johanna Spyri Biography, Encyclopedia.com
  40. ^ Charisma News, charismanews.com
  41. ^ Although, according to some Spanish sources (Institute Cervantes), this is the book with the most translations after the Bible.
  42. ^ Catálogo de Traducciones del Quijote, Instituto Cervantes
  43. ^ Translationum
  44. ^ The Outsider – Albert Camus – Penguin Classics
  45. ^ The Very Hungry Birthday (ages 3–5) at Bayside Library
  46. ^ Turan, Kenneth (17 May 2006). "The Da Vinci Code". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  47. ^ Oy Moomin Characters Ltd
  48. ^ 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)
  49. ^ Donahue, Deirdre (7 May 2013). "The Great Gatsby by the numbers". USA Today. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  50. ^ Bear with us – Paddington celebrates 50th with a new book ,Daily Mail (2 June 2008)
  51. ^ 'I saw Matisse – and came up with Miffy' ,Telegraph.co.uk (12 September 2006)
  52. ^ Arcanum Adatbázis Kft
  53. ^ "37 translations"
  54. ^ The Telegraph on The Hobbit: "It was published in 1937 and has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide in 40 languages. " (23 March 2008)
  55. ^ La familia de Pascual Duarte llega a Corea del Sur, La Voz Libre (6 November 2009)
  56. ^ [2] ,BBC (9 October 2003)
  57. ^ 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)
  58. ^ Obsessed with Scent ,GNN (30 October 2003)
  59. ^ 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)
  60. ^ Yomiuri Shimbun (31 July 2008) (Japanese language)
  61. ^ [3], El Mundo, Reportaje en La Revista: "70 Años de García Márquez"
  62. ^ http://www.freakonomics.com/
  63. ^ [4], Awfulagent.com (author's agency) (26 April 2011)
  64. ^ "Peter Rabbit gets hieroglyph tale". BBC News. 31 December 2004. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  65. ^ トットちゃんとカマタ先生の「ずっとやくそく」 :著者プロフィール (Japanese language)
  66. ^ "Spiritual leader's autobiography published in 34 languages", The Korea Times, 2014-12-14, retrieved 2014-12-14 
  67. ^ 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)
  68. ^ [5], People Magazine (26 April 2004)
  69. ^ Eckhart Tolle Biography. New York Times (2008-03-05). Times Topics.
  70. ^ "KALIMA publishes Eckhart Tolle's 'A New Earth and the Power of Now' in Arabic as well.". WAM: Emirates News Agency. 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  71. ^ Ender's Game#Translations
  72. ^ The Rocky Mountain News on Goosebumps: "That formula has brought fame and fortune to Stine, whose 87 Goosebumps books have sold more than 300 million copies and been translated into 32 languages." (13 April 2008)
  73. ^ Reuters on the Alexander trilogy: "Manfredi gained international acclaim in 1998 with his trilogy on Alexander the Great, which was translated into 32 languages." (2 April 2008)
  74. ^ CNN Transcript – Sunday Morning News `Gone With the Wind' Translated Into Russian ,CNN (25 March 2001)
  75. ^ The Idaho Statesman on Art: "Since then it has been translated into 30 languages." (15 April 2008)
  76. ^ 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)
  77. ^ 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)
  78. ^ AFP on Millennium Trilogy: "They have been translated into some 30 languages and a first film adaptation is under way in Sweden." (19 March 2008)
  79. ^ 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)
  80. ^ Variety on The Pillars of the Earth (2 April 2008)
  81. ^ 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)
  82. ^ 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)
  83. ^ [6](29 April 2009)
  84. ^ Lindgren, Martin (2009), "Vi är inte alls eniga om stimulanspaket", Realtid.se

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