50 Works of Fiction in Translation That Every English Speaker Should Read

There’s an entire world of literature out there if you just look beyond what was written in your native tongue. Major works in other languages are being translated into English all the time, meaning that there’s no time like the present for you to enjoy books from places like Russia, Egypt, Mexico, and other nations around the globe.

If you’re looking to get your literary passport stamped, here are 50 destinations to start you off — but, by all means, don’t let these be the only translated books you read. There are plenty of other titles that could have gone on this list, whose main purpose is to help get you excited for literature originally written in different languages.


Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes (Edith Grossman, translator)

Cervantes’ classic is one of the only books that can truly be considered required reading around the world, so you can’t lose with the great Grossman’s translation of the classic Spanish tale of Don Quixote’s original quixotic quest.