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.

27201. Part of the Solution

Ulrich Peltzer

It’s Berlin in the summer of 2003—sunshine for weeks on end, weather to fall in love. And that’s just what Christian Eich, the main character in Ulrich Peltzer’s acclaimed novel Part of the Solution, does; but that’s not all. Christian Eich, a thirty-something freelance …

27202. The God of Impertinence

Sten Nadolny

Freed after two thousand years of captivity, the god Hermes taps people's minds to study contemporary society, and he battles Hephaestus, the degenerate technology god. By the author of The Discovery of Slowness. "

27203. The Captain of Köpenick

Carl Zuckmayer

Released after fifteen years in prison, trapped in a bureaucratic maze, petty criminal Wilhelm Voight wanders 1910 Berlin in desperate, hazardous pursuit of identity papers. Luck changes when he picks up an abandoned military uniform in a fancy-dress shop and finds the city …

27204. Laocoon: An Essay on the Limits of Painting and …

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Originally published in 1766, the Laocoön has been called the first extended attempt in modern times to define the distinctive spheres of art and poetry.

27205. The Maid of Orleans

Friedrich Schiller

The Maid of Orleans is a tragedy by Friedrich Schiller, written in 1801 in Leipzig. During his lifetime, it was one of Schiller's most frequently-performed pieces.

27212. My year in the no-man's-bay

Peter Handke

"There was one time in my life when I experienced metamorphosis." A novel that begins with a sentence like this and also features a main character named Gregor obviously has serious ambitions from the get-go. But readers of Austrian writer Peter Handke's previous fiction would …

27214. Yes

Bernhard

Yes is a novel by Thomas Bernhard, originally published in German in 1978 and translated into English by Ewald Osers in 1992.

27217. Carl Haffner's Love of the Draw

Thomas Glavinic

Carl Haffner’s Love of the Draw is a 1998 chess novel by Austrian writer Thomas Glavinic. It was Glavinic's first novel and is about a shy and withdrawn Viennese chess master who in 1910 challenges the World Champion for his title. The book was translated into English in 1999 by …

27221. The Final Journey

Gudrun Pausewang

The Final Journey is a book written by Gudrun Pausewang.

27223. War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published in its entirety in 1869. Epic in scale, it is regarded as one of the central works of world literature. It is considered Tolstoy's finest literary achievement, along with his other major prose work, Anna …

27229. One Day a Year: 1960-2000

Christa Wolf

One Day a Year: 1960-2000 is a book by Christa Wolf.

27231. The Invisible Collection

Stefan Zweig

'This is the story of about the strangest thing that I've ever encountered, old art dealer that I am.' It is perhaps the finest art collection of its kind, acquired through a lifetime of sacrifice - but when a dealer comes to see it, he finds something quite unexpected, and is …

27244. The Safety Net

Heinrich Böll

The Safety Net is a 1979 novel by Heinrich Böll. An English translation by Leila Vennewitz was published in 1981.

27251. The Global Trap: Globalization and the Assault on …

Hans-Peter Martin

The Global Trap is an extraordinary book that explores the spread of globalization and its effects. The authors provide an account that is highly informed, yet extremely readable, showing how internationalism, once an invention of social-democratic labor leaders, has firmly …

27253. The Pyramid

William Golding

The Pyramid is a novel by the English author, William Golding. It describes the experiences of growing up in the 1920s in a small market town in England for the narrator, Oliver. It tells three separate stories from his childhood, resolving them many years later. All three …

27265. Two Planets

Kurd Lasswitz

Two Planets is an influential science fiction novel postulating intelligent life on Mars by Kurd Lasswitz. It was first published in hardcover by Felber in two volumes in 1897; there have been many editions since, including abridgements by the author's son Erich Lasswitz and …

27270. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

M. R. James

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary is the title of M. R. James' first collection of ghost stories, published in 1904. Some later editions under this title contain both the original collection and its successor, More Ghost Stories, combined in one volume. Montague Rhodes James was a …

27279. The Theory of Communicative Action

Jürgen Habermas

The Theory of Communicative Action is a 1981 book by Jürgen Habermas, in which he continues his project set out in On the Logic of the Social Sciences of finding a way to ground "the social sciences in a theory of language." The two volumes are Reason and the Rationalization of …

27280. A Dark Stranger

Julien Gracq

A Dark Stranger is a 1945 novel by the French writer Julien Gracq. It tells the story of two lovers, Allan and Dolorès, who stay at an isolated hotel in Brittany where they have decided to kill themselves.

27281. En route

Joris-Karl Huysmans

En route is a novel by the French writer Joris-Karl Huysmans, first published in 1895. It is the second of Huysmans' books to feature the character Durtal, a thinly disguised portrait of the author himself. Durtal had already appeared in Là-bas, investigating Satanism. En route …

27293. The Well at the World's End

William Morris

The Well at the World's End is a fantasy novel by the British artist, poet, and author William Morris. It was first published in 1896 and has been reprinted a number of times since, most notably in two parts as the twentieth and twenty-first volumes of the Ballantine Adult …

27296. Sunset Boulevard

Billy Wilder

Sunset Boulevard (1950) is one of the most famous films in the history of Hollywood, and perhaps no film better represents Hollywood's vision of itself. Billy Wilder collaborated on the screenplay with the very able Charles Brackett, and with D. M. Marshman Jr., who later joined …

27309. Give It Up! And Other Stories Kafka

Franz Kafka

Give It Up! is a comics adaptation of nine short stories by Franz Kafka drawn by Peter Kuper. In the introduction, by Jules Feiffer, Kuper's adaptations are described as "riffs, visual improvisations."

27314. Crazy Lady!

Jane Leslie Conly

Crazy Lady! is a children's novel written by Jane Leslie Conly. It was published in 1993 and was one of the Newbery Honor books of 1994.

27323. Ending Up

Kingsley Amis

Ending Up is a novel written by Kingsley Amis.

27333. The Theory of Money and Credit

Ludwig von Mises

The Theory of Money and Credit is a 1912 economics book written by Ludwig von Mises, originally published in German as Theorie des Geldes und der Umlaufsmittel. In it Mises explains the origins of money through his "regression theorem", which is based on logic, not historic …

27335. Arrow in the Blue

Arthur Koestler

Arrow in the Blue is an autobiography covering the first 26 years of Arthur Koestler's life. It was published in 1952 by Collins with Hamish Hamilton Ltd. and has been reprinted several times.

27337. Portraits of His Children

George Martin

Portraits of His Children is the sixth short story collection by author George R.R. Martin. The collection was first published in July 1987 and it contains eleven short stories.

27350. A Cage of Butterflies

Brian Caswell

A Cage of Butterflies is a 1992 young adult novel by Australian author, Brian Caswell.

27362. Spires of Spirit

Gael Baudino

Spires of Spirit, by Gael Baudino, is a collection of six novellas set in the universe of The Strands Series. It was first published in 1997 by Roc Books. The first three stories take place in the time period just prior to Strands of Starlight and second three take place in …

27363. Report on Probability A

Brian Aldiss

Report on Probability A is a science fiction novel by Brian Aldiss. The novel was completed in 1962 but was rejected by publishers in the UK, France and USA and was eventually published in 1967 in New Worlds, which described it as "perhaps his most brilliant work to date". The …

27373. Big Rabbit's bad mood

Ramona Badescu

Big Rabbit has a mood. A bad mood. A mood with attitude. A big, disgusting mood that won't leave him alone. What's a rabbit to do?He tries watching TV, but the bad mood is on every channel. He tries making a salad, but the bad mood is un-ignorable, lying on his sofa, eating …

27377. TIM Defender of the Earth

Sam Enthoven

TIM, Defender of the Earth is a young adult science fiction novel by Sam Enthoven, written in the spirit of classic monster movies such as Godzilla and Gamera. It was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize.

27378. Poor Little Witch Girl

Marie Desplechin

At age eleven, Verbena hasn't shown a single sign of talent for witchcraft. And worse than that--she wants to be normal. In fact, she even dreams of settling down someday and getting married! But with a mother who tells you that a) you're a witch and b) a husband won't be much …

27382. Beauty

Raphael Selbourne

Beautyin both name and appearanceis a 20-year-old Bangladeshi, returned to England after having disgraced her family by fleeing an abusive arranged marriage. Forced onto the job-hunter’s treadmill and under extreme domestic pressure, she cracks and runs away. Her encounters with …

27391. The Origins of Political Order

Francis Fukuyama

The Origins of Political Order is a 2011 book by political economist Francis Fukuyama about what makes a state stable. It uses a comparative political history to develop a theory of the stability of a political system. According to Fukuyama, a stable state needs to be modern and …

27394. The Truth

Terry Partchett

The Truth is the twenty-fifth Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, published in 2000. The book features the coming of movable type to Ankh-Morpork, and the founding of the Discworld's first newspaper by William de Worde, as he invents investigative journalism with the help of his …

27395. The Story of B

Daniel Quinn

The Story of B is a 1996 novel written by Daniel Quinn and published by Bantam Publishing. It chronicles a young priest's movement away from his religion and toward the teachings of an international lecturer known as B, expanding upon many of the philosophical ideas introduced …



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