Books open a window to another world. Translated books help you expand your literary horizon. There is a wealth of knowledge out there in the books written in many languages. You can never enjoy them without the help of translation. Fiction, non-fiction, and holy writing have been translated into many languages. The most translated books in history are The Bible, The Little Prince, The Adventures of Pinocchio, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales. The ESV Bible is the only one of the 19 Bibles that have sold over 1 million copies.
The Bible was originally written almost entirely in Hebrew, with small portions in Aramaic. Christians considered the Bible to be the word of God. Therefore, it was translated into many languages to reach all people in the world and help them understand it. The original Bible was translated into 704 languages, the New Testament was further translated into 1551 languages, and portions of the Bible were translated into 1160 other languages. On the whole, some parts of the Bible have been translated into 3415 languages. Even today, the Bible remains to be the most translated book in the world.
The Little Prince
The Little Prince was first written in French by the French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry as Le Petit Prince in 1943. After the Bible, The Little Prince was the most translated book in the world, translated into 446 languages. The reason behind this book’s popularity is that the prince has something to say to everyone, no matter the language. It takes a cynical look at the society driven by materialistic gain through the eyes of a child.
The Adventures of Pinocchio
The adventures of Pinocchio is an Italian novel written by Florence Carlo Collodi and published in 1883. The story is about the adventures of Pinocchio, a marionette built from a talking piece of wood by the woodcarver Geppetto. It was one of the greatest works of Italian literature. The book has been translated into approximately 300 languages. Pinocchio became a cultural icon. The moral of the story is to be brave, truthful, and listen to one’s conscience. It made a powerful impact on children’s minds.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, commonly known as Alice in Wonderland, was written in 1862 by Carroll Lewis, an English logician, mathematician, photographer, and novelist. This book narrates the bizarre adventures of an innocent young girl with fanciful characters. The adventures represent the challenges faced by a girl in different stages of growing up. This book has been translated into 174 languages and read by children of all age groups. Children love to read this book because of the whimsical characters with unique personalities.
The Fairy Tales, written by Hans Christian Andersen, the best-known fairy tale author of Denmark, has been translated into almost every language. His fairy tales are read all over the world by people of all ages. The fairy tales have a message of hope, resilience, and integrity. Children love them as they help to understand emotions like love, anger, loss, and fear. All stories are enchanting and offer a glimpse into another beautiful world.
By reading a translated book, you can understand the traditions and thoughts of people living in other regions. People living all over the world buy the ESV Bible for personal use and gifting purposes. Most books are translated into English because English remains the common language in most parts of the world.
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