The most popular books in English.

What books are currently the most popular and which are the all time classics? Here we present you with a mixture of those two criteria. We update this list once a month.

21401. The Oppermanns

Lion Feuchtwanger

First published in 1934 but fully imagining the future of Germany over the ensuing years, The Oppermanns tells the compelling story of a remarkable German Jewish family confronted by Hitler's rise to power. Compared to works by Voltaire and Zola on its original publication, this …

21402. The thirtieth year

Ingeborg Bachmann

This is collection of the stories written by a distinguished German author who died in 1973. Reading these stories entails abandoning the terms of one's own comfort. The author's relentless vision demands that readers allows themselves to be hypnotised, taken over by her …

21403. The Hothouse

Wolfgang Koeppen

"A recovered masterpiece....Remarkable as a sidelong, searing appraisal of the legacy of the Nazi years."―Publishers Weekly, starred review A masterpiece by a writer long neglected in America, The Hothouse created a literary stir when it appeared in hardcover. Evoking …

21404. The Father of a Murderer

Alfred Andersch

The Father of a Murderer takes place in a classroom of the Wittelsbach Gymnasium in 1920s Munich over the course of a single Greek lesson. Head-master Himmler (the father of Heinrich Himmler) enters the classroom, apparently to observe the students' progress. However, he soon …

21405. The Lord Chandos Letter

John Banville

Hugo von Hoffmannsthal made his mark as a poet, as a playwright, and as the librettist for Richard Strauss’s greatest operas, but he was no less accomplished as a writer of short, strangely evocative prose works. The atmospheric stories and sketches collected here—fin-de-siècle …

21407. The Arctic Marauder

Jacques Tardi

Spectacular faux-woodcut vistas make Tardi’s groundbreaking “icepunk” story a retro classic. In its ongoing quest to showcase the wide range of Jacques Tardi’s bibliography, Fantagraphics reaches all the way back to one of his earliest, and most distinctive graphic novels: A …

21411. Stories of Mr. Keuner

Bertolt Brecht

Stories of Mr. Keuner gathers Bertolt Brecht's fictionalized comments on politics, everyday life, and exile. Written from the late 1920s till the late 1950s, Stories of Mr. Keuner is the precipitate of Brecht's experience of a world in political and cultural flux, a world of …

21412. The Death of the Adversary

Hans Keilson

Written while Hans Keilson was in hiding during World War II, The Death of the Adversary is the self-portrait of a young man helplessly fascinated by an unnamed "adversary" whom he watches rise to power in 1930s Germany. It is a tale of horror, not only in its evocation of …

21415. Manhood

Michel Leiris

"Not only one of the frankest of autobiographies, but also a brilliantly written book, Leiris' Manhood mingles memories, philosophic reflections, sexual revelation, meditations on bullfighting, and the life-long progress of self-discovery."—Washington Post Book World "Leiris …

21417. The human race : preceded by an homage to Robert …

Robert Antelme

Arrested by the Gestapo and deported to Dachau, Robert Antelme recovered his freedom a year later when François Mitterand, visiting the camp in an official capacity, recognized the dying Antelme and had him spirited to Paris. Antelme's story of his experiences in Germany--his …

21418. Small lives

Pierre Michon

Small Lives (Vies minuscules), Pierre Michon’s first novel, won the Prix France Culture. Michon explains that he wrote it "to save my own skin. I felt in my body that my life was turning around. This book born in an aura of inexpressible joy and catharsis rescued me more …

21419. Behind Closed Doors

Alina Reyes

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS is an erotic adventure story in which the reader can choose what happens next. The book is divided into two halves(men read from one end,women the other)and each chapter gives a choice of sexual fantasies or 'doors'to open next.The story opens,in both …

21424. Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith

Andrew Wilson

The life of Patricia Highsmith was as secretive and unusual as that of many of the best-known characters who people her "peerlessly disturbing" thrillers and short stories. Yet even as her work has found new popularity in the last few years, the life of this famously elusive …

21425. Lucien Leuwen

Stendhal

Lucien Leuwen is the second major novel written by French author Stendhal in 1834, following The Red and the Black. It remained unfinished due to the political culture of the July Monarchy in the 1830s and Stendhal's fears of losing his government position by offending the …

21429. Lenz

Georg Büchner

Lenz is a novella fragment written by Georg Büchner in Strasbourg in 1836. It is based on the documentary evidence of Jean Frédéric Oberlin's diary. Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz, a friend of Goethe, is the subject of the story. In March 1776 he met Goethe in Weimar. Later he …

21432. The Sorrows of Young Werther

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Sorrows of Young Werther is an epistolary and loosely autobiographical novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, first published in 1774; a revised edition of the novel was published in 1787. Werther was an important novel of the Sturm und Drang period in German literature, and …

21435. The Spirit of St. Louis

Charles Lindbergh

The Spirit of St. Louis is an autobiographical account by Charles Lindbergh about the events leading up to and including his 1927 solo trans-Atlantic flight in the Spirit of St. Louis, a custom-built, single engine, single-seat monoplane. The book was published on September 14, …

21436. The Princess Casamassima

Henry James

The Princess Casamassima is a novel by Henry James, first published as a serial in The Atlantic Monthly in 1885-1886 and then as a book in 1886. It is the story of an intelligent but confused young London bookbinder, Hyacinth Robinson, who becomes involved in radical politics …

21438. Hotel Savoy

Joseph Roth

Hotel Savoy is a 1924 novel by the Austrian writer Joseph Roth. Its story is set in the Hotel Savoy in Łódź, where lonely war veterans, variety dancers and others dream of better places.

21441. Freedom

William Safire

Freedom is a historical novel by American essayist William Safire, set in the early years of the American Civil War. It concludes with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. The novel shows how its main characters grapple with the dilemmas of political …

21446. Liberalism

Ludwig von Mises

Liberalism is an influential book by Austrian School economist and libertarian thinker Ludwig von Mises, containing economic analysis and indicting critique of socialism. It was first published in 1927 by Gustav Fischer Verlag in Jena and defending classical liberal ideology …

21447. Summer in Algiers

Albert Camus

Summer in Algiers is a written work by Albert Camus.

21448. Pig Earth

John Berger

Pig Earth is the first novel by John Berger in the Into Their Labours trilogy. Once in Europa, and Lilac and Flag followed in the trilogy.

21451. The Decline of the West

Oswald Spengler

The Decline of the West, or The Downfall of the Occident, is a two-volume work by Oswald Spengler, the first volume of which was published in the summer of 1918. Spengler revised this volume in 1922 and published the second volume, subtitled Perspectives of World History, in …

21458. The Gnostics

Jacques Lacarrière

Gnostics have always sought to know” rather than to accept dogma and doctrine, often to their peril. This inquiry into Gnosticism examines the character, history, and beliefs of a brave and vigorous spiritual quest that originated in the ancient Near East and continues into the …

21459. Beyond the Black Stump

Nevil Shute

Beyond the Black Stump is a novel by British author Nevil Shute. It was first published in the UK by William Heinemann Ltd in 1956.

21465. Undine

Friedrich Heinrich Karl de la Motte, Baron Fouqué

Undine is a fairy-tale novella by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué in which Undine, a water spirit, marries a knight named Huldebrand in order to gain a soul. It is an early German romance, which has been translated into English and other languages.

21468. Indiscretions of Archie

P. G. Wodehouse

Indiscretions of Archie is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom on 14 February 1921 by Herbert Jenkins, London, and in the United States on 15 July 1921 by George H. Doran, New York. The book was adapted from a series of short stories, originally …

21471. The Haunted Land

Tina Rosenberg

The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism written by Tina Rosenberg and published by Random House in 1995, won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction and the 1995 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

21473. Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

Mary Baker Eddy

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures is the central text of the Christian Science religion. Mary Baker Eddy described it as her "most important work." She began writing it in February 1872 and the first edition was published in 1875.

21477. The Shadow Factory

James Bamford

The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America is a book on the National Security Agency by author James Bamford.

21478. Courtship Rite

Donald Kingsbury

Courtship Rite is a science fiction novel by American writer Donald Kingsbury, originally serialized in Analog magazine in 1982. The book is set in the same universe as some of Kingsbury's other stories, such as "Shipwright" and the unpublished The Finger Pointing Solward. In …

21480. The Disunited States of America

Harry Turtledove

The Disunited States of America is an alternate history novel by Harry Turtledove. It is a part of the Crosstime Traffic series, and takes place in an alternate world where the U.S. was never able to agree on a constitution and continued to govern under the Articles of …

21483. Proust and Signs

Gilles Deleuze

Proust and Signs is a 1964 book by Gilles Deleuze in which he explores the system of signs within the work of the celebrated French novelist Marcel Proust. It was translated into English by Richard Howard. The book is divided into two parts. In the first part Deleuze looks at …

21484. The archaeology of knowledge ; and, The discourse on …

Michel Foucault

The Archaeology of Knowledge is a 1969 book by the French philosopher Michel Foucault. It is a methodological and historiographical treatise promoting what Foucault calls "archaeology" or the "archaeological method", an analytical method he implicitly used in his previous works …

21486. Hannibal

Ross Leckie

Hannibal is a 1995 historical novel by Scottish writer Ross Leckie. The book relates the exploits of Hannibal's invasion of Rome beginning in 218 BC, narrated by the Carthaginian general in his retirement. It was the first of the Carthage trilogy, covering the Punic Wars. The …

21490. Nero Corleone: A Cat's Story

Elke Heidenreich

A bold and self-serving tom cat reigns supreme both in the farmyard in Italy where he was born and later in the comfortable home in Germany to which a vacationing couple takes him and his helpless sister. A bold and self-serving tom cat reigns supreme both in the farmyard in …

21491. The Call of the Toad

Günter Grass

The Call of the Toad, published in Germany in 1992 as Unkenrufe, is a novel by Danzig-born German author Günter Grass. It describes the love story between the German widower Alexander Reschke and Alexandra Polin widowed Piatkowska. It was adapted into a 2005 film directed by …

21492. The Black Book

Lawrence Durrell

The Black Book is a novel by Lawrence Durrell, published in 1938 by the Obelisk Press. It is set with two competing narrators: Lawrence Lucifer on Corfu, in Greece, and Death Gregory in London. Faber and Faber offered to publish the novel in an expurgated edition, but on the …

21498. Cursed in the Blood

Sharan Newman

Cursed in the blood is a book published in 1998 that was written by Sharan Newman.

21499. The Wandering Arm

Sharan Newman

The wandering arm is a book published in 1995 that was written by Sharan Newman.

21500. Rates of Exchange

Malcolm Bradbury

Rates of Exchange is a novel written by Malcolm Bradbury.

21503. The Zürau Aphorisms

Franz Kafka

The Zürau Aphorisms are 109 aphorisms of Franz Kafka, written from September 1917 to April 1918 and published by his friend Max Brod in 1931, after his death. They are selected from his writing in Zürau in West Bohemia where he stayed with his sister Ottla, suffering from …

21505. The cat of Bubastes

G. A. Henty

The Cat of Bubastes, A Tale of Ancient Egypt is a historical novel for young people by British author G.A. Henty. It is the story of a young prince who becomes a slave when the Egyptians conquer his people, then is made a fugitive when his master accidentally kills a sacred cat. …

21506. The Retreat

Patrick Rambaud

The Retreat is a historic novel by the French author Patrick Rambaud that was first published in 2000. The English translation by Will Hobson appeared in 2004. The Retreat describes the occupation of Moscow by the French Army in 1812 and its disastrous retreat. The action in the …

21509. And All Between

Zilpha Keatley Snyder

And All Between is a science fiction/fantasy novel by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, the second book in the Green Sky Trilogy. The book's title comes from one of the Green-sky chants, containing the phrase "And all between becomes among, / And they are we and old is young, / And earth …

21515. Macbeth

William Shakespeare

Macbeth /məkˈbɛθ/ is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, and is considered one of his darkest and most powerful works. Set in Scotland, the play illustrates the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake. The …

21516. Fable for Another Time

Louis-Ferdinand Céline

Fable for Another Time is a 1952 novel by the French writer Louis-Ferdinand Céline. The narrative recounts Céline's experiences during what seems to be a hypothetical bombing of an area of Montmartre by the allies on the days preceding D-day. The whole of the action of this …

21518. Tomorrow, the Stars

Robert A. Heinlein

Tomorrow, the Stars is an anthology of speculative fiction short stories, presented as edited by Robert A. Heinlein and published in 1952. Heinlein wrote a six-page introduction in which he discussed the nature of science fiction, speculative fiction, escapist stories, and …

21519. The Quest for Fire

J.-H. Rosny

The Quest for Fire is a 1911 Belgian novel by "J.-H. Rosny", the pseudonym of two brothers; the author was likely the elder of the two, Joseph Henri Honoré Boex. It was first published in English in 1967. It was made into a feature film of the same name in 1981. The film stars …

21522. The Night of The Hunter

Davis Grubb

The Night of the Hunter is a 1953 thriller novel by American author Davis Grubb. The book was a national bestseller and was voted a finalist for the 1955 National Book Award.

21524. Ecotopia Emerging

Ernest Callenbach

Ecotopia Emerging by Ernest Callenbach is a fictionalized history of the events leading up to the secession of Northern California, Oregon, and Washington to form the steady-state, environmentalist nation of Ecotopia along the Pacific Coast of the United States. In 1975, …

21525. Rosie Carpe

Marie NDiaye

Rosie Carpe is a 2001 novel by the French writer Marie NDiaye. It received the 2001 Prix Femina. It was originally published in France by Les Éditions de Minuit. The English translation by Tamsin Black was published in 2004 in the USA by the University of Nebraska press.

21526. Star Trek Log One

Alan Dean Foster

Star Trek Log One is a book published in 1974 that was written by Alan Dean Foster.

21533. Autobiography of Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Autobiography of Mark Twain or Mark Twain’s Autobiography refers to a lengthy set of reminiscences, dictated, for the most part, in the last few years of American author Mark Twain's life and left in typescript and manuscript at his death. The Autobiography comprises a rambling …

21536. Dogland

Will Shetterly

Dogland is a fantasy novel by Will Shetterly, a fantasy and comic book writer. Published in June 1997, it is the novel Shetterly is most proud of. Dogland placed thirteenth in the annual Locus poll for best fantasy novel. The story is based on his own childhood and a business …

21539. One Fine Day

Nonny Hogrogian

One Fine Day is a book by Nonny Hogrogian. Released by Macmillan, it was the recipient of the Caldecott Medal for illustration in 1972.

21543. The Mystery of the Missing Necklace

Enid Blyton

The Mystery of the Missing Necklace — is a book in the series of Five Find-Outers and Dog by Enid Blyton

21549. The Book of the Dun Cow

Walter Wangerin

The Book of the Dun Cow is a fantasy novel by Walter Wangerin, Jr.. It is loosely based upon the beast fable of Chanticleer and the Fox adapted from the story of "The Nun's Priest's Tale" from Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The Book was named The New York Times Best …

21553. Passage at Arms

Glen Cook

Passage at Arms is a book published in 1985 that was written by Glen Cook.

21554. Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam

Gilles Kepel

Jihad The Trail of Political Islam is a book by French author and scholar Gilles Kepel. It was originally published in French in 2000 by Gallimard, with English translations by Anthony F. Roberts from Belknap Press in 2002 and I.B. Tauris in 2006. The book provides a detailed …

21555. Moonwalk

Michael Jackson

Moonwalk is a 1988 autobiography written by American recording artist Michael Jackson. The book was first published by Doubleday on February 1, 1988, five months after the release of Jackson's 1987 Bad album, and named after Jackson's signature dance move, the moonwalk. The book …

21559. Sido

Colette

21564. No One Would Listen

Harry Markopolos

No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller is a book by whistleblower Harry Markopolos about his investigation into the Madoff investment scandal and how the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission failed to react to his warnings. The book was released on March 2, 2010 by …

21565. The American pageant

David M. Kennedy

The American Pageant, initially published by Thomas A. Bailey in 1956, is an American high school history textbook often used for AP United States History, AICE American History as well as IB History of the Americas courses. Since Bailey's death in 1983, the book has been …

21574. Unforgettable

Cecily von Ziegesar

Unforgettable is the fourth book in The It Girl series, released in 2007. It was written by a ghostwriter with suggestions from Cecily von Ziegesar. Aimed toward young adults, it is a spin-off from the bestselling Gossip Girl series.

21577. The Gospel According to John

D. A. Carson

The Gospel According to John is a part of the Pillar New Testament Commentary series. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the Gospel of John. It was published in 1990 and written by D. A. Carson, who is also the General Editor of the series. In 1992, Christianity Today …

21579. The View from the Seventh Layer

Kevin Brockmeier

Peering into the often unnoticed corners of life, Kevin Brockmeier has been consistently praised for the originality of his vision, the boundlessness of his imagination and the command of his craft. Once again, in this new collection of fiction, Brockmeier shows us a fantastical …

21581. Marrying Buddha

Zhou Wei Hui

Her second semi-autobiographical novel of desire and lust in a new city far from China...According to the author, Marrying Buddha is the continuation of her first novel Shanghai Baby, the international bestseller which was banned in China and catapulted her to fame and notoriety …

21583. Werner Erhard

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Werner Erhard: The Transformation of a Man, The Founding of est is a biography of Werner Erhard by philosophy professor William Warren Bartley, III. The book was published in 1978 by Clarkson Potter. Bartley was professor of philosophy at California State University and had …

21584. Buster's world

Bjarne Reuter

Buster's World is a book written by Bjarne Reuter.

21585. Things Not Seen

Andrew Clements

Things Not Seen is a 2000 first-person novel written by Andrew Clements and his third novel after Frindle and The Landry News. The story revolves around Bobby as he deals with his 'disease', tries to get back to normal, and even befriends a blind girl. The title is apparently …

21587. Dragongirl

Todd McCaffrey

Dragongirl is a science fiction novel by Todd McCaffrey in the Dragonriders of Pern series that his mother Anne McCaffrey initiated in 1967. Published in 2010, it is the sequel to Dragonheart and third with Todd as sole author.

21588. The Swiss Family Robinson

Johann D. Wyss

The Swiss Family Robinson is a novel by Johann David Wyss, first published in 1812, about a Swiss family shipwrecked in the East Indies en route to Port Jackson, Australia.

21590. A thousand tomorrows

Karen Kingsbury

A Thousand Tomorrows is the first book in the Cody Gunner series by Karen Kingsbury.

21598. The Phantom of the Opera

Gaston Leroux

The Phantom of the Opera is a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux. It was first published as a serialisation in Le Gaulois from September 23, 1909, to January 8, 1910. It was published in volume form in April 1910 by Pierre Lafitte. The novel is partly inspired by historical …



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