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​The World's Most Translated Books

30 Dec

Is it possible to imagine a world with no translators? All the incredible literary works that have touched people at the far corners of the world would not be available to the ordinary reader. It is due to the talent and meticulous work of translators that we have an opportunity to enjoy every literary genre, and discover the cultural and historical treasures of any country. In today's blog we have listed eight of the most translated texts throughout history. Let's take a look at them:

The Adventures of Pinocchio

Author: Carlo Collodi
Orignal language: Italian
Genre: Fiction, fantasy, children's book, adventure

The book has been adapted into over 240 languages worldwide, according to extensive research done by the Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi in the late 1990s based on UNESCO sources. That statistic ranks it among the most translated and widely read books ever written.

The Pilgrim's Progress

Author: John Bunyan
Orignal language: English
Genre: Religious allegory

Regarded as one of the most significant works of religious English literature, the book has been translated into more than 200 languages, and has never been out of print.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Author: Lewis Carroll
Orignal language: English
Genre: Children's fiction

Written in 1862, the novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has been translated into at least 174 languages. There are a hundred English-language editions of the book now. Considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre, Alice in Wonderland has continued to grow in popularity among adults as well as children.

Steps to Christ

Author: Ellen G. White
Orignal language: English
Genre: Religious

Steps to Christ is an evangelistic book written by Ellen G. White, co-founder and prophetess of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The book was printed in more than 150 languages worldwide. Steps to Christ discusses the question of how to come to know Jesus Christ at a personal level. The topics covered include: repentance, confession, faith, acceptance, growing into Christ, and prayer.

Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales

Author: Hans Andersen
Orignal language: Danish
Genre: Children's literature

Andersen's Fairy Tales contains a complete collection of fairy tales written by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. Some of his most famous fairy tales include "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Little Mermaid", "The Nightingale", "The Snow Queen", "The Ugly Duckling", and many more. The Collection has been translated into 153 languages.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Author: Jules Verne
Orignal language: French
Genre: Adventure

This classic science fiction novel by French author Jules Verne was first published in 1870, and since then has been translated into 148 languages.

The Imitation of Christ

Author: Thomas à Kempis
Orignal language: Latin
Genre: Devotional

The Imitation of Christ is regarded as the most important devotional work in Catholic Christianity, and is the most widely read devotional work next to the Bible. The book has been translated into 95 languages.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Author: Mark Twain
Orignal language: English
Genre: Satirical novel

This was amongst the first major American literary works to be written throughout in vernacular English. Despite its coarse language, the novel was translated into 65 languages. Together with Twain's Adventures of Tom Sawyer it has been considered a "Great American Novel".

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