What are the best foreign novels translated to English?

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    #1The Little Prince

    The Little Prince

    The Little Prince is written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery about a prince who visited Earth from a tiny asteroid. It is known as a book for kids but it has been considered as an allegory of the author's wartime experiences. 


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    Shaurya Pillai
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The little prince is a great story that tells a persons story during wartime and what they go through."
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    #2Les Misérables

    Les Misérables
    Les Misérables is a French historical tale by Victor Hugo, which was published first in 1862. This novel follows the lives of several characters, especially that of Jean Valjean during the June Rebellion in Paris. 

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    George Miller
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Les Miserables is a must read for anyone that wants to expand their reading material to foreign authors. The story about Jean Valjean's faith and love is one of the greatest journey's ever put into print. Very little of the story's depth and beauty is lost in translation. After reading Les Miserables it is easy to understand how this French novel had such a cultural impact across the world. I am very happy to have this book in my home library."
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    #3War and Peace

    War and Peace
    Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace is considered one of the finest novels ever written. The story chronicles Napoleon's invasion of Russia during the early 19th century.

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    Betty Pearson
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "War and Peace is a must read for high school students. It is very long however the story is great. This is a novel that has been around for quite some time. I remember doing a report on it in high school. Very well written and translated. It seemed to lose nothing in the translation either."
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    #4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is a crime fiction novel published in 2005. This book tells the story of Mikael Blomkvist and his struggle to redeem his honor by solving a murder for a wealthy family.


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    #5The Phantom of the Opera

    The Phantom of the Opera
    The Phantom of the Opera is a gothic novel by the French writer Gaston Leroux. It tells the story of the deformed Erik, who haunts the Paris Garnier opera house, who then falls in love with the soprano singer Christine Daaé.

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    Theresa Armstrong
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The Phantom of the Opera is a classic that most people know. It is also one of the best foreign novels that has been translated to English. Now people who do not speak a foreign language are able to read this work of art and enjoy it as it was meant to be. I highly recommend this regardless of what your favorite genre is."
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    Night is the first book in Elie Wiesel's historical trilogy about the Holocaust. Night shows the worst side of humanity during World War II, when familial relationships blurred because of hunger, pain, and fear inside concentration camps.

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    Arthur Gutierrez
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I suppose it fits in with the topic above. This is another eye-opening story, true, as told by the person who lived through the nightmare of the Holocaust. Such a sad and horrible time in history. "
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    #7One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, tells the story of the Buendía family, generation after generation, living in the mountain town of Macondo. Magic and reality interweave to create one of the most rewarding reading experiences of the 20th century.


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    Terry Gonzalez
    Written on May 5, 2018
    " One Hundred Years of Solitude was magical. This book is a masterpiece that everyone should read. It was beautifully written, and a joy to read."
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    #8Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.

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    Aaryan Chatterjee
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is a very interesting book that provides a unique perspective on the holocaust. It is very dark and sometimes uncomfortable to read, but it's a must-read and a true classic."
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    #9Kafka on the Shore

    Kafka on the Shore

    Kafka Tamura runs away from home at fifteen, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.


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    Nathan Harper
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Very interesting story! I usually take a while to read a book, but I finished this one in just three weeks; probably the fastest I've ever gotten through one. After finishing I soon started looking for other translated works from the same author. "
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    #10All Quiet on the Western Front

    All Quiet on the Western Front
    All Quiet on the Western Front is a book by Erich Maria Remarque that tells the story of Paul Baumer, a soldier in the German army during World War I. The books was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.

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    Larry Fuller
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I never got around to reading this classic until just now and i am very glad that I did. This book is deeply written and required that you take your time. It details many interesting points of war while making clear the damage done by it. This is a great books for schools to give to their students and I am not sure why they do not."
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    #11Like Water for Chocolate

    Like Water for Chocolate

    Like Water for Chocolate is a romantic magical realism novel for young adults written by bestselling author Laura Esquivel. It was first released in August 2002. It was adapted into a an award-winning film. 


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    Tomás Huerta
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I recently joined a book club and I am very happy with the experience. We have read several books and this one has been my favorite so far. I really enjoyed reading this book."
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    #12The Name of the Rose

    The Name of the Rose
    The Name of the Rose is a novel by Umberto Eco about a friar who investigates and collects pieces of evidence with the series of historical murder mysteries in an Italian monastery. This book has won many international awards.

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    Jason Ray
    Written on May 6, 2018
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    #13The Count of Monte Cristo

    The Count of Monte Cristo
    The Count of Monte Cristo is written by French author Alexandre Dumas, which is about a man who wanted revenge against those who framed and jailed him for a crime he did not commit. 

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    Sharon Vasquez
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "I really enjoyed this book once I could find it translated into English. I had no idea what I was missing out on. There are many mysteries to this book and the main character, you feel so much compassion for him. He has been cheated and framed, and the way the author writes is so intriguing even with the translation."
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    Candide is a satirical novel by Voltaire. It provides social criticism by telling the story of Candide, who delivers a blow against optimism in the face of life's hardships as he struggles to reunite with the love of his life.

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    Willie Bryant
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Highly recommend this satirical novel. You'll definitely learn something after reading."
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    #15Pippi Longstocking

    Pippi Longstocking
    Pippi Longstocking is a children's book by the Swedish writer Asterid Lingren. It tells the adventurous story of the titular Pippi, a nine-year-old girl with freckles, red hair in pigtails, and superhuman strength.

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    Adam Tucker
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I guess you learn something new everyday, and today it is that this was translated to english. I loved this book as a child but what I like most about it was a girl in 1st grade that was obsessed with it. "
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    #16The Dream Life of Sukhanov

    The Dream Life of Sukhanov

    The Dream Life of Sukhanov is a dramatic inspirational novel written by Russian author Olga Grushin. It was published in 2007 and became a Los Angeles Times  Book Prize finalist. It's about a man and his midlife crisis.


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    Jordan Hayes
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This Russian writer's excellent style is what makes this book. The plot is a bit lacking in my opinion and the characters distasteful at times, but overall, this is a great novel. It's amazing that Olga created this masterpiece as well as English is not even her first language."
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    #17Silk and Insight

    Silk and Insight

    Silk and Insight is a fiction novel written by Yukio Mishima. This book was originally published in October 1964 by Routledge. It has an English version translated by Hiroaki Sato.


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    Joyce Wang
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Mishima is a master at writing, and whoever did the translation perfectly picks up his diction. I cry every time I read this novel and recommend it to all my friends!"
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    #18My Friend Hitler

    My Friend Hitler

    My Friend Hitler is a fiction and drama play written by Yukio Mishima. This book was originally published in December 1968. It has an English version published by the Columbia University Press.


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    Cynthia Mendez
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This has a Japanese take on fiction and drama. Yukio has published more than sixty plays and I am sure this is just as good. I think it would be interesting for one time around and has decent reviews. The price is a bit over the top, but I think if borrowed it would be ok. Only comes in hard back and paper back, so doesn't allow for a kindle read."
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    #19Voices of the Desert

    Voices of the Desert

    Voices of the Desert is a dramatic historical fiction novel for young adults written by Nelida Pinon and translated by Cliff Landers. It was released in 2009. It is about how Scheherazade wove the tales that extended her life.


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    Ann Jordan
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I read this book in one night. I kept telling myself I would put it down at the end of the chapter, but I just couldn't. I think it should come with free coffee so you can keep yourself awake after reading all night. This book is translated really well, I never felt like I was reading something that was originally in another language, which happens sometimes if the translation is sub par. "
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    #20Arctic Chill

    Arctic Chill

    Arctic Chill is the fifth book in the thrilling crime and mystery series for young adults written by Arnaldur Indridason. It was released in September 2009 with translation from Bernard Scudder and Victoria Cribb.


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    Micky Yu
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This book has a really interesting story, and plot. I found my self very interested in what was going to happen next, and I had to keep reading, I couldn't put the book down yet. I have recommended this to a few friends who enjoy stories that were originally in another language."


Best What are the best foreign novels translated to English
1The Little PrinceBooks 28 Paid
2Les MisérablesBooks 26 Paid
3War and PeaceBooks 23 Paid
4The Girl with the Dragon TattooBooks 22 Paid
5The Phantom of the OperaBooks 20 Paid
6NightBooks 18 Paid
7One Hundred Years of SolitudeBooks 17 Paid
8Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 14 Paid
9Kafka on the ShoreBooks 14 Paid
10All Quiet on the Western FrontBooks 12 Paid

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