The most translated bestsellers in history

When a book is very successful, it is only natural that it should be translated into a maximum number of languages. Economically, it is beneficial, and artistically, it allows us to share stories and tales. Translating is much more than exchanging a few words for others: a translation can be a vehicle of art, a dream distributor.
Without further ado, here is a list of the 8 most translated best sellers in history 📚.


1) Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

This science fiction book, written by the famous French author Jules Verne, has been translated into no less than 174 languages. The novel narrates the adventures of Professor Aronnax, who, after meeting the legendary Captain Nemo, embarks on a remarkable and unique journey.


2) The Adventures of Pinocchio

“Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino” is a children’s book written by Carlo Collodi. Its guidance regarding honesty has marked many generations of infants around the world, since it has been translated into 260 languages (including several Italian dialects such as Piedmontese and Sicilian).


3) The Harry Potter books

An undeniable literary success, this heptalogy from J.K. Rowling is full of magic… such is the case that it managed to get generations of young people from all over the world to read again. The books, which chronicle the adventures of a young magician, have “only” been translated into 80 languages, although it is one of the most profitable literary (and cinematic) sagas in history.


4) The Adventures of Tintin

Georges RĂ©mi, better known as “HergĂ©”, started writing in 1907 the adventures of a young Belgian journalist named Tintin (and his faithful dog Milou). This series of 24 comic books combines mystery and comedy, as well as many recurring characters from the most varied and quirky backgrounds. The comics have been translated into 96 different languages. Like Harry Potter, it also has a film adaptation.
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5) The Alchemist

The Alchemist is a philosophical tale, written by Paulo Coelho, that narrates the story of a Spanish shepherd who decides to go to Egypt to look for a treasure he has seen in one of his dreams. The book talks about the meaning of life, and many say that it is capable of changing the reader’s way of seeing things. It is rumored that Coelho wrote the book in two weeks, a book that has been translated into 67 different languages.

6) Pipi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking (or “Pippi LĂ„ngstrump”) is an endearing heroine of children’s literature, imagined and created by Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren. Pipi is a redheaded girl with a strong character and superhuman strength, always accompanied by a little monkey and a pony. His adventures are collected in more than one book, and are available in 64 languages. It is a true monument of Swedish literature.

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7) The Little Prince

The illustrious Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry created this infamous children’s tale, which has been translated into 180 languages (including Braille). It is a timeless masterpiece, a reflection on the madness of adulthood and a beautiful life lesson on love and friendship.

8) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Commonly known as “Alice in Wonderland”, this book by Lewis Carroll was not originally written for a children’s audience, although it has been adapted for children on numerous occasions (including the famous Disney film). Like our latest example, the novel is a timeless work that narrates the wild adventures of Alicia and her newly acquired friends. It has been translated into 97 languages.


Have you ever read any of these works in a language other than English? You can write it down in the comments section!


2 Responses to “The most translated bestsellers in history

  • Mahmoud
    2 years ago

    ۧi have watched the adventures of pinoccio in italian language .

  • Natalya Belinsky
    2 years ago

    I have read in Russian everything except for “The Adventures of Tintin”.

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