5 Translated Novels I Want To Read, and 5 More I’m Considering

Translated Novels I Want To ReadIn honor of Modern Mrs Darcy’s reading challenge, here are 5 novels that I would like to read that have all been translated into English:

Heidi by Johanna SpyriHeidiHeidi by Johanna Spyri by Johanna Spyri
(originally written in Swiss German)

The one book I will definitely read this year, as it’s a book club pick. It seems like one that I should have read already too – how did I get to adulthood without reading this story?

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre DumasThe Count of Monte CristoThe Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas by Alexandre Dumas
(originally written in French)

I’ve wanted to read this ever since visiting Château d’If, setting for the book. And then last year I enjoyed his book The Three Musketeers, so that’s even more reason to finally get to this one, more than a decade after that visit that made me say “I need to read that book!”

The Name of the Rose by Umberto EcoThe Name of the RoseThe Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco by Umberto Eco
(originally written in Italian)

I love historical mysteries, and this is a classic in that genre. I have no idea why I haven’t gotten to this one already – it’s one I should have read ages ago.

Suite Francaise by Irène NémirovskySuite FrançaiseSuite Française by Irène Némirovsky by Irène Némirovsky
(originally written in French)

The backstory on this is amazing, the cover is gorgeous, and I’m only afraid it will make me cry a bit too much, and wish the author had survived to finish the other three novels she’d planned.

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia MarquezOne Hundred Years of SolitudeOne Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez by Gabriel García Márquez
(originally written in Spanish)

I avoided it when I thought I disliked Magical Realism, but after reading The Night Circus and enjoying it, I’m ready to try the one that started it all. This one seems like it might qualify for “everyone has read it but me” as well.

And five more where I haven’t completely decided if I want to read them or not:

Don Quixote by Miguel de CervantesDon QuixoteDon Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes by Miguel de Cervantes
(originally written in Spanish)

It’s a classic for a reason, and I keep stumbling across references to it which make me think I should give it a try.

Les Misérables by Victor HugoLes MisérablesLes Misérables by Victor Hugo by Victor Hugo
(originally written in French)

I read the beginning of it, but never finished it. Perhaps I should give it another try? I missed the book club meeting where this one was discussed, and that’s always such a good motivation for me to finish a book, that I’m missing that push.

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander SolzhenitsynOne Day in the Life of Ivan DenisovichOne Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
(originally written in Russian)

It’s such an influential work, and feels a lot more accessible than The Gulag ArchipelagoThe Gulag Archipelago Abridged: An Experiment in Literary Investigation (P.S.) by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Anna Karenina by Leo TolstoyAnna KareninaAnna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy by Leo Tolstoy
(originally written in Russian)

Seems like one I should have read already, plus I’d kind of like to see the movie and I have a thing about always reading the book first.

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor DostoyevskyCrime and PunishmentCrime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
(originally written in Russian)

In high school I tried to read The Brothers KaramazovThe Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and gave up about a third of the way through, and that put me off trying Dostoyevsky again. I’d like to rectify that.

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  1. The Count of Monte Cristo is probably the only book I’ve read where I would say it was worth the 1500 pages! My all-time favorite by far.

    • Yay! You have no idea how happy this makes me. I want to love this book so much, and I’m a tiny bit scared to read in in case I don’t like it.

  2. SoCalLynn says:

    Suite Francaise is remarkable and worth every tear you may shed. I don’t remember crying, but I do remember thinking about that book for months afterward.

  3. It has been a long time since I read them, but I definitely highly recommend the Hugo, Solzhenitsyn, and Dostoyevsky books. All worth the time, though two are quite hefty reads.

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