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Authors: Foreign Language

This page lists books (mainly novels) that were originally written in a language other than English.

Le Deuxieme Sexe (The Second Sex, 1949 – a seminal work of feminist philosophy); also novels including Le Sang des Autres (The Blood of Others, 1945), The Mandarins (1954) Click to show or hide the answer
The Decameron (1353 – published in English 1886) – a collection of 100 tales told by a group of seven young women and three young men, sheltering in a secluded villa near Florence to escape the Black Death) Click to show or hide the answer
The Outsider (1942), The Plague (1947) Click to show or hide the answer
Clochemerle (1934) Click to show or hide the answer
Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons, 1782) Click to show or hide the answer
Chéri (1920), La Vagabonde (1910), Gigi (1944) Click to show or hide the answer
The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883) Click to show or hide the answer
The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha (two volumes, 1605 and 1615) Click to show or hide the answer
Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1868–9), Demons (a.k.a. The Possessed, 1871–2), The Brothers Karamazov (1880) Click to show or hide the answer
The Three Musketeers (1844), and sequels Twenty Years After (1845) and The Vicomte of Bragelonne (1847 – a.k.a. Ten Years Later – published in three parts, the final part being The Man in the Iron Mask); also The Count of Monte Cristo (1845–6), The Black Tulip (1850) Click to show or hide the answer
Camille (1848 – a.k.a. La Dame aux Camélias) Click to show or hide the answer
The Name of the Rose (1980 – English translation 1983), Foucault's Pendulum (1988, English translation 1989) Click to show or hide the answer
Madame Bovary (1856) Click to show or hide the answer
The Sorrows of Young Werther (semi–autobiographical novel, 1774) Click to show or hide the answer
The Good Soldier Schweik (three volumes, 1921–3; English translation 1930 – Czech humorist) Click to show or hide the answer
Demian (1919), Siddhartha (1922), The Steppenwolf (1927), The Glass Bead Game (1943) Click to show or hide the answer
Notre Dame de Paris (1831 – known in English as The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Les Miserables (1862) Click to show or hide the answer
La barraca (1898 – English translation The Cabin, 1917) – see also Authors: Sources Click to show or hide the answer
The Judgement (short story, 1912), Metamorphosis (short story, 1915), The Trial (1925), The Castle (1926), Amerika (completed 1914, published posthumously 1927) Click to show or hide the answer
Zorba the Greek (1946) Click to show or hide the answer
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984) Click to show or hide the answer
The Girl in the Spider's Web (2015) – the fourth book in the Millennium trilogy, originally by Stieg Larsson Click to show or hide the answer
The Millennium Trilogy: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2005), The Girl who Played with Fire (2006), The Girl who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (2007). Died 2004, aged 50 – all three books published posthumously; see also David Lagercrantz Click to show or hide the answer
The Phantom of the Opera (1911) Click to show or hide the answer
If This is a Man (1947, English translation 1959; US title Survival in Auschwitz; wartime memoir, including a harrowing description of two years in Auschwitz); The Periodic Table (1975 – a metaphorical treatise on life as a Jew in Mussolini's Italy, through the properties of chemical elements – named in 2006 by the Royal Institution, London, as the best science book ever written) Click to show or hide the answer
Death in Venice (1912 novella), The Magic Mountain (1924), Buddenbrooks (1901); Joseph and his Brothers (four volumes, 1930–43 – a retelling of the stories of Genesis), Doctor Faustus (1947 – a "reshaping" of the legend) Click to show or hide the answer
One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967, English translation 1970), Love in the Time of Cholera (1985, English translation 1988) Click to show or hide the answer
The Cardinal's Mistress (1910): only novel of Click to show or hide the answer
Also Sprach Zarathustra (1883–91, English translation 1896) Click to show or hide the answer
Doctor Zhivago (1957) Click to show or hide the answer
A la Recherche du Temps Perdu (In Search of Lost Time, previously known as In Remembrance of Times Past – seven volumes, 1913–27) Click to show or hide the answer
Eugene Onegin (verse novel, 1833) Click to show or hide the answer
All Quiet on the Western Front (1928) Click to show or hide the answer
120 Days of Sodom (1785) Click to show or hide the answer
Bonjour Tristesse (1954 – filmed in 1958 by Otto Preminger) Click to show or hide the answer
Nausea (1938 – "a manifesto of existentialism") Click to show or hide the answer
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962), Cancer Ward (1968), The First Circle (1968), The Gulag Archipelago (1973) Click to show or hide the answer
Childhood (1852), Boyhood (1854), Youth (1856): trilogy of novellas, the first published works of; War and Peace (1869), Anna Karenina (1877) Click to show or hide the answer
Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864), From the Earth to the Moon (1865), 20,000 Leagues under the Sea (1870), Around the World in 80 Days (1873) Click to show or hide the answer
Candide (satirical novel, 1759) Click to show or hide the answer
The Swiss Family Robinson (1812) Click to show or hide the answer
Thérèse Raquin (1867); also The Rougon–Macquart – 20 novels, 1871–93, following the lives of the members of two branches of a fictional family living during the Second French Empire; includes Le Ventre de Paris (1873), L'assommoir (1877), Nana (1880), Germinal (1885) Click to show or hide the answer

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