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International Bestseller Lists, September 2013

Every month, Publishing Trends runs Fiction international bestseller lists from four territories–France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Those books that have been published in English are listed with their official English-language title. All others are translated as literally as possible from the original. Where applicable, the US publisher is listed after the local publisher, separated by a “/”. The lists are taken from…Continue Reading

Summer Books Sail: Burly Killers, Peppermints, & Wannabe Nuns

In its first two weeks in print, He Who Blinks is Afraid of Death (Aschehoug) sold 4,000 copies in Denmark, a huge number for a debut novel. An autobiographical narrative set in the 1960s, the novel tracks the odd life of a young boy whose German mother is schizophrenic. His Danish father, an insurance agent,…Continue Reading

International Fiction Bestsellers

Of Love and War Formerly Exiled Korean Writer Revisits Vietnam, While France’s Frèches Hits The Silk Road One of South Korea’s best-known writers, Hwang Sok-Yong, has found a fervent audience in France for his monumental and controversial literary portraits denouncing “both corruption and American imperialism” in the Vietnam and Korean wars. In The Shadow of…Continue Reading