Authors Who Have Managed to Skyrocket Sales Through Translation
The translation is a crucial way to make knowledge more accessible to a broader audience and across cultures. Through translation, works of literature or nonfiction such as textbooks, journals, magazines, and self-help books can be enjoyed, used, and appreciated by people from all backgrounds, nations, and languages. For authors, translation is one sure way to increase the sales of published books. Having a wider audience would also mean a bigger chance of being recognized by the publishing and literary community. Here are some authors who have made significant strides all over the world because their literary works have undergone translation.
Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson began his writing career at the tender age of 12 when his parents gifted him with a typewriter on his birthday. His first written works were under the science fiction genre. However, later on in his life, he gained recognition as a published author through a series of crime novels entitled Millenium. As a writer, Stieg Larsson earned worldwide renowned with his ingenious novel The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo. The mystery and crime-engulfed book received praise from critics and readers. After going through translation, it was hailed as an international bestseller with 80 million copies that were sold worldwide.
Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84
Haruki Murakami’s literary works are originally written in Japanese, but at present, many of his novels have been translated into 50 languages and sold all over the world. The writer’s career began in 1978, where he drew inspiration and courage as a writer after watching a fantastic baseball game at Jingu Stadium. He is most well-known for 1Q84, a novel written with dystopian elements. It was initially published in three separate volumes from 2009 to 2010. Afterward, the novel was translated into 42 languages. Its French version sold 70,000 books in its first week.
Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho is a contemporary writer carrying on the tradition and unique style of Latin-American literature. Early on in his life, he was inspired to become a writer. One of his most well-known and critically-acclaimed books is The Alchemist. The book, which was published in 1988, caused Coelho to undergo many trials as an author as he looked for a publisher who would publish his novel. The Alchemist was written in his native Portuguese and has been translated to 80 international languages. Since then, it solved 65 million copies globally.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince
The Little Prince is beloved and acclaimed all over the world as a piece of literature that is meaningful to both children and adults. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the author of The Little Prince, was not just an author; he was a poet and an aviator too, which perhaps inspired the characters in his book. The novella was published in 1943 in English and French. Now, it is published in 300 languages and has an awe-inspiring sales of over two million copies per year.
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter
Another beloved book adored by both children and adults from several generations is the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Almost anyone in the world has heard of the book franchise or its movie adaptation counterpart. The series’ first book was published in 1997 using the English language. Now it is published in over 74 languages all over the world and has sold tens of millions of copies internationally.