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This is a list of most translated literary works of mankind (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.

Rank Title Author Date Number of languages with source Original language
1 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
2 The Little Prince Antoine de Saint Exupéry 1943 382[2][3] French
3 The Adventures of Pinocchio Carlo Collodi 1883 240-260[4][5] Italian
4 Dao De Jing Laozi 400 BCE >250[6] Chinese
5 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll 1865 174[7] English
6 Steps to Christ Ellen G. White 1892 >160[8] English
7 El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 1615 >140 (complete and portions)[9][10] Spanish
8 Andersen's Fairy Tales Hans Christian Andersen 1835–1852 129[11] Danish
9 The Adventures of Asterix René Goscinny & Albert Uderzo 1959–present 115[12] (not all volumes are available in all languages) French
10 Book of Mormon See Origin of the Book of Mormon 1830 110[13] English
11 The Upright Revolution: Or Why Humans Walk Upright Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o 2016 100[14] Gikuyu
12 The Adventures of Tintin Hergé 1929–1976 96[15] (not all volumes are available in all languages) French
13 The Imitation of Christ Thomas à Kempis 1418 95[16] Latin
14 Harry Potter J. K. Rowling 1997–2007 80[17][18] English
15 Winnie-the-Pooh A. A. Milne 1926 >50[19] English
16 The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank 1947 73[20] Dutch
17 The Way to Happiness L. Ron Hubbard 1980 >70[21] English
18 The Kon-Tiki Expedition: By Raft Across the South Seas Thor Heyerdahl 1948 >70[22] Norwegian
19 Pippi Longstocking Astrid Lindgren 1945 70[23] Swedish
20 The Alchemist Paulo Coelho 1988 70[24][25] Portuguese
21 Sophie's World Jostein Gaarder 1991 65[26] Norwegian
22 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain 1885 65[27] English
23 Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell 1949 65[28] English
24 Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There Lewis Carroll 1871 65[29] English
25 Isha Upanishad Various 500 BCE 64[30] Sanskrit
26 Kalevala Elias Lönnrot (compiler) 1835/1849 61[31] Finnish
27 Quo vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz 1895 61[32][33] Polish
28 The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien 1937 59 English
29 The Good Soldier Švejk Jaroslav Hašek 1923 58[34] Czech
30 Bhagavad Gita Vyasa 200 BCE 58[35] Sanskrit
31 The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien 1954–1955 57[36] languages, with 87 translations total English
32 Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe 1958 57[37] English
33 A Doll's House Henrik Ibsen 1879 56[38] Norwegian
34 Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Carlo Rovelli 2014 52[39] Italian
35 Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro 2005 52 English
36 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas John Boyne 2006 52 English
37 The House at Pooh Corner A. A. Milne 1928 51[40] languages, with 96 translations in total English
38 Quran See History of the Quran 650 50 (complete), 114 (portions)[41] Classical Arabic
39 Autobiography of a Yogi Paramahansa Yogananda 1946 50[42][43] English
40 Heidi Johanna Spyri 1880 50[44] German
41 Out Stealing Horses Per Petterson 2003 50[45] Norwegian
42 The Chronicles of Narnia C. S. Lewis 1950–1957 47[46] English
43 The Bridge on the Drina Ivo Andrić 1945 47[47] Serbo-Croatian
44 The Story of San Michele Axel Munthe 1929 >45[48] English
45 The General of the Dead Army Ismail Kadare 2003 45[49] Albanian
46 The Stranger Albert Camus 1942 45[50] French
47 The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle 1969 45[51] English
48 The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown 2003 44[52] English
49 The Moomins Tove Jansson 1945 43[53] Swedish
50 Invisible Cities Italo Calvino 1972 42[54] Italian
51 Tirukkural Valluvar c. 100 BCE – c. 500 CE
See Dating the Tirukkural
42 Tamil
52 The English Roses Madonna 2003 42[55] English
53 Atonement Ian McEwan 2001 42 English
54 The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 1925 42[56] English
55 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini 2003 42[57] English
56 Solaris Stanisław Lem 1961 42[58][59][60] Polish
57 A Series of Unfortunate Events Lemony Snicket 1999–2006 41[61] English
58 The Egyptian Mika Waltari 1945 41[62] Finnish
59 The Leopard Jo Nesbø 2009 40[63] Norwegian
60 Before I Go to Sleep S. J. Watson 2011 40[64] English
61 Miffy Dick Bruna 1955 40[65] Dutch
62 Paddington Bear Michael Bond 1958 40[citation needed] English
63 The Tragedy of Man Imre Madách 1861 40[66] Hungarian
64 The Prophet Kahlil Gibran 1923 40 English
65 Amsterdam Ian McEwan 1998 39 English
66 The Family of Pascual Duarte Camilo José Cela 1942 39[67] Spanish
67 A Song of Ice and Fire George R.R. Martin 1996–present 39[citation needed] English
68 Dictionary of the Khazars Milorad Pavić 1984 39[68][69] Serbian
69 Silence in the Age of Noise Erling Kagge 2016 38[70] Norwegian
70 The Bookseller of Kabul Åsne Seierstad 2002 38[71] Norwegian
71 Mr. Peabody's Apples Madonna 2003 38[72] English
72 Discworld Terry Pratchett 1983–2015 37[73] or 38[74] English
73 Cold Skin Albert Sánchez Piñol 2002 37[75] Catalan
74 The Book of Mirrors Eugen Chirovici 2017 37[76] English
75 Perfume Patrick Süskind 1985 37[77] German
76 Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery 1908 36[78] English
77 Norwegian Wood Haruki Murakami 1987 36[79] Japanese
78 White Teeth Zadie Smith 1999 36[citation needed] English
79 Cien Años de Soledad Gabriel García Márquez 1967 > 35[80] Spanish
80 Dead Until Dark Charlaine Harris 2001 35[81] English
81 The Tale of Peter Rabbit Helen Beatrix Potter 1902 35[82] English
82 Totto-chan, the Little Girl at the Window Tetsuko Kuroyanagi 1981 35[83] Japanese
83 Pan Tadeusz Adam Mickiewicz 1834 34[84] Polish
84 The Time of the Doves Mercè Rodoreda 1962 34[85] Catalan
85 Ender's Game Orson Scott Card 1985 33[86] English
86 Gone With the Wind Margaret Mitchell 1936 32[87] English
87 Bambi: A Life in the Woods Felix Salten 1923 32[88] German
88 Captain Underpants Dav Pilkey 1997–2015 31[citation needed] English
89 'Art' Yasmina Reza 1994 30[89] French
90 Buddenbrooks Thomas Mann 1901 30[90] German
91 Chasing Vermeer Blue Balliett 2003 30[91] English
92 Isadora Moon Harriet Muncaster 2016 30[92] English
93 Spiderwick Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black 2003 30[93] English
94 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Alexander McCall Smith 1998 30[94] English
95 The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett 1989 30[95] English
96 The Tale of Genji Murasaki Shikibu 1001 30[96] Japanese
97 Under the Yoke Ivan Vazov 1893 30[97] Bulgarian

See also

References

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  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. ^ "OUP over the Moon for Muncaster's new series | The Bookseller". www.thebookseller.com. Retrieved 5 January 2022.: "Muncaster’s Isadora Moon series has sold over one million copies worldwide and has been translated into 30 languages."
  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. ^ 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)
  95. ^ Variety on The Pillars of the Earth (2 April 2008)
  96. ^ 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)
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