Popular Books You Didn’t Know Were Translated


Did you know these contemporary books were translated into English? Have a goal to read more books from around the world? Add these to your list.


A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Translated from Swedish. Tom Hanks is attached to star in the latest film (no release date).

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. Translated from German.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Translated from Spanish.

The Three-body Problem by Cixin Liu. Translated from Chinese.

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. Translated from Italian. (Interestingly, no one knows the true identity of the author.)

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. Translated from Swedish. 

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. Translated from Japanese.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby. Translated from French.

Perfume by Patrick Suskind. Translated from German.

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-mi Hwang. Translated from Korean.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Translated from Portuguese.

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink. Translated from German.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. Translated from French.

The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis. Translated from Danish.

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. Translated from Italian.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. Translated from Swedish.

The Vegetarian by Han Kang. Translated from Korean.

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