When it comes to popular works of fiction and nonfiction, language is never a barrier. In fact, many popular literary works have been translated into hundreds of languages over the years, allowing people from across the world to enjoy stories, biographies, and other important and inspirational works by their favorite authors. Which of these works are most popular is, of course, a matter of personal taste, and everyone has their own preferences when it comes to reading material. But when a book is translated into many different languages, it’s safe to assume that it’s a book with mass appeal to people from countries around the globe.
Here is a brief list of some of the most popular translated books:
Considered by many to be one of the most sacred of all books in existence, it’s probably no surprise that The Bible is also one of the most commonly translated. Compiled over a course of many years, and reportedly written by a collection of authors who were divinely inspired, The Bible in its entirety – including both The Old Testament and The New Testament – has been translated into over 554 different languages. Even more impressive is The New Testament, which has reportedly been translated into approximately 1,333 different languages throughout the years.
Written by Carlo Collodi, and originally published in Italian in the year 1883, this fanciful tale of a puppet who comes to life is a favorite of children from around the world. This fact is evidenced by the number of languages the story has been translated into – approximately 260 at last count.
The Little Prince
Originally published in French during the midst of World War II (1943), The Little Prince was intended to be a novella for children. However, author Antoine de Saint Exupéry masterfully created a story that contains many important life lessons and appeals to readers of all ages. This popular piece has been translated into 253 different languages.
Widely considered to be among the most important works of Christian literature, Pilgrim’s Progress was written by John Bunyan and originally published in English in the year 1678. This massive work has never been out of print, and has been translated into 200 different languages.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Yet another childhood classic rounds out our list of the most popular translated books. Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland is the story of a young girl who disappears down a rabbit hole and ends up in a magical world full of bizarre and fascinating characters. Originally published in English in 1865, this novel has been translated into 174 languages.
Thanks to the skills of talented translators, books like these and an enormous list of others are available for people to enjoy no matter what their country of origin might be. When it comes to literature, it really is true: language is no barrier!