Popular Translated Novels: Part I

Ever wonder what some of the world's most popular translated novels are? Let's find out!


Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes. This novel of a knight fighting windmills was first published in Spanish in 1605 and has been translated into an estimated 145-plus languages in last four hundred years.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter series) by J.K. Rowling. The seven-book-series of an orphan boy turned wizard has been translated into an estimated 80 languages since first being published in the U.K. in 1997.

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. Originally written in Swedish, this children's novel about a spunky redhead has been translated into an estimated 70 languages.

The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen, opens a new window. These Danish fairy tales were published in 1835 and was the first book of tales to included "The Princess and the Pea." They have been translated into an estimated 160-plus languages, though Andersen wasn't as popular in his native Denmark as he was in England.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Carroll's magical novel about a young girl falling down the rabbit hole has been translated from English into an estimated 174 languages since its publication in 1865.

Pinocchio, opens a new window by Carlos Collodi. This Italian classic, first published in 1883, about a puppet who wants to become a boy has been translated into an estimated 260-plus languages.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery. This French tale of a pilot who crashes his plane and meets a little prince has been translated into 300 languages.


Perhaps a lesser-known series, Asterix le Gaulois, opens a new window was a French comic series translated into 115 languages since its first publication in 1959, and follows a Gaul warrior protecting his village from Roman forces.

The Adventures of TinTin, opens a new window by Herge. The long-running comic series (1929-1976) of reporter Tintin and his dog Snowy was originally published in French and has been translated into an estimated 115 languages.

Translation information from Babbel.com, opens a new window