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. Only translations published by established, independent publishers are taken into account, not people self-publishing translations (real or automatic) via publish-on-demand or on websites, to avoid artificially inflated counts.

Title Author Date Number of languages with source Original language
The Bible See Authorship of the Bible See Dating the Bible 3,384 (at least one book)
2,191 (at least New Testament)
698 (Old and New Testaments, including
the Protocanonical books)[1]
Hebrew,
Aramaic,
Koinḗ Greek
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint Exupéry 1943 382[2][3] French
What Can the Bible Teach Us? Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania 2015 368[4] English
The Adventures of Pinocchio Carlo Collodi 1883 240-260[5][6] Italian
Dao De Jing Laozi 400 BCE >250[7] Chinese
Pilgrim's Progress John Bunyan 1678 200[8] English
My Book of Bible Stories Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania 1978, revised 2004 194[9] English
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll 1865 174[10] English
Steps to Christ

Ellen G. White

1892

>160[11]

English
Andersen's Fairy Tales Hans Christian Andersen 1835–1852 160[12] Danish
El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 1615 >140 (complete and portions)[13][14]

Spanish

The Adventures of Asterix René Goscinny & Albert Uderzo 1959–present 115[15] (not all volumes are available in all languages) French
Book of Mormon See Origin of the Book of Mormon 1830 110[16] English
The Adventures of Tintin Hergé 1929–1976 96[17] (not all volumes are available in all languages) French
The Upright Revolution: Or Why Humans Walk Upright Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o 2016 95[18] Gikuyu
The Imitation of Christ Thomas à Kempis 1418 95[19] Latin
Harry Potter J. K. Rowling 1997–2007 80[20][21] English
Bhagavad Gita Vyasa 200 BCE 80[22] Sanskrit
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank 1947 73[23] Dutch
Winnie-the-Pooh A. A. Milne 1926 72[24] languages, with 140 translations in total English
The Way to Happiness L. Ron Hubbard 1980 >70[25] English
The Kon-Tiki Expedition: By Raft Across the South Seas Thor Heyerdahl 1948 >70[26] Norwegian
Pippi Longstocking Astrid Lindgren 1945 70[27] Swedish
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho 1988 70[28][29] Portuguese
Sophie's World Jostein Gaarder 1991 65[30] Norwegian
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain 1885 65[31] English
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell 1949 65[32] English
Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There Lewis Carroll 1871 65[33] English
Isha Upanishad Various 500 BCE 64[34] Sanskrit
Kalevala Elias Lönnrot (compiler) 1835/1849 61[35] Finnish
Quo vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz 1895 61[36][37] Polish
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien 1937 59 English
The Good Soldier Švejk Jaroslav Hašek 1923 58[38] Czech
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien 1954–1955 57[39] languages, with 87 translations total English
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe 1958 57[40] English
A Doll's House Henrik Ibsen 1879 56[41] Norwegian
Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro 2005 52 English
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas John Boyne 2006 52 English
Quran See History of the Quran 650 50 (complete), 114 (portions)[42] Classical Arabic
The House at Pooh Corner A. A. Milne 1928 50[43] languages, with 93 translations in total English
Autobiography of a Yogi Paramahansa Yogananda 1946 50[44][45] English
Heidi Johanna Spyri 1880 50[46] German
Out Stealing Horses Per Petterson 2003 50[47] Norwegian
The Chronicles of Narnia C. S. Lewis 1950–1957 47[48] English
The Bridge on the Drina Ivo Andrić 1945 47[49] Serbo-Croatian
The Story of San Michele Axel Munthe 1929 >45[50] English
The General of the Dead Army Ismail Kadare 2003 45[51] Albanian
The Stranger Albert Camus 1942 45[52] French
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle 1969 45[53] English
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown 2003 44[54] English
The Moomins Tove Jansson 1945 43[55] Swedish
The English Roses Madonna 2003 42[56] English
Atonement Ian McEwan 2001 42 English
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 1925 42[57] English
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini 2003 42[58] English
Solaris Stanisław Lem 1961 42[59][60][61] Polish
A Series of Unfortunate Events Lemony Snicket 1999–2006 41[62] English
Tirukkural Valluvar ca. 100 BCE–500 CE
See Dating the Tirukkural
41 Tamil
The Leopard Jo Nesbø 2009 40[63] Norwegian
Before I Go to Sleep S. J. Watson 2011 40[64] English
Miffy Dick Bruna 1955 40[65] Dutch
Paddington Bear Michael Bond 1958 40[citation needed] English
The Tragedy of Man Imre Madách 1861 40[66] Hungarian
The Prophet Kahlil Gibran 1923 40 English
Amsterdam Ian McEwan 1998 39 English
The Family of Pascual Duarte Camilo José Cela 1942 39[67] Spanish
A Song of Ice and Fire George R.R. Martin 1996 – present 39[citation needed] English
Dictionary of the Khazars Milorad Pavić 1984 39[68][69] Serbian
Silence in the Age of Noise Erling Kagge 2016 38[70] Norwegian
The Bookseller of Kabul Åsne Seierstad 2002 38[71] Norwegian
Mr. Peabody's Apples Madonna 2003 38[72] English
Discworld Terry Pratchett 1983–2015 37[73] or 38[74] English
Cold Skin Albert Sánchez Piñol 2002 37[75] Catalan
The Book of Mirrors Eugen Chirovici 2017 37[76] English
Perfume Patrick Süskind 1985 37[77] German
Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery 1908 36[78] English
Norwegian Wood Haruki Murakami 1987 36[79] Japanese
White Teeth Zadie Smith 1999 36[citation needed] English
Cien Años de Soledad Gabriel García Márquez 1967 > 35[80] Spanish
Dead Until Dark Charlaine Harris 2001 35[81] English
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Helen Beatrix Potter 1902 35[82] English
Totto-chan, the Little Girl at the Window Tetsuko Kuroyanagi 1981 35[83] Japanese
Pan Tadeusz Adam Mickiewicz 1834 34[84] Polish
The Time of the Doves Mercè Rodoreda 1962 34[85] Catalan
Ender's Game Orson Scott Card 1985 33[86] English
Gone With the Wind Margaret Mitchell 1936 32[87] English
Bambi: A Life in the Woods Felix Salten 1923 32[88] German
Captain Underpants Dav Pilkey 1997–2015 31[citation needed] English
'Art' Yasmina Reza 1994 30[89] French
Buddenbrooks Thomas Mann 1901 30[90] German
Chasing Vermeer Blue Balliett 2003 30[91] English
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Alexander McCall Smith 1998 30[92] English
The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett 1989 30[93] English
Spiderwick Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black 2003 30[94] English
The Tale of Genji Murasaki Shikibu 1001 30[95] Japanese
Under the Yoke Ivan Vazov 1893 30[96] Bulgarian

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References[edit]

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  58. ^ 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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  64. ^ 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.)
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  68. ^ In the year of Pavic's Jubilee, the Dictionary of the Khazar has been translated into 39th language – Tamil
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  76. ^ "The Book of Mirrors by E.O. Chirovici". www.penguin.co.uk. Retrieved 3 July 2017. Already translated into 37 languages, The Book of Mirrors is the perfect novel for fans of psychological suspense and reading group fiction.
  77. ^ Obsessed with Scent ,GNN (30 October 2003)
  78. ^ 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)
  79. ^ Yomiuri Shimbun (31 July 2008) (Japanese language)
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  85. ^ 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)
  86. ^ Ender's Game#Translations
  87. ^ CNN Transcript – Sunday Morning News `Gone With the Wind' Translated Into Russian ,CNN (25 March 2001)
  88. ^ 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.)
  89. ^ The Idaho Statesman on Art: "Since then it has been translated into 30 languages." (15 April 2008)
  90. ^ 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)
  91. ^ 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)
  92. ^ 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)
  93. ^ Variety on The Pillars of the Earth (2 April 2008)
  94. ^ 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)
  95. ^ 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)
  96. ^ [3](29 April 2009)

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