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Do You Know The Original Language Of These Famous Novels?

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  1. <i>The Reader</i> by Bernhard Schlink
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    The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
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    <i>The Three Musketeers</i> by Alexandre Dumas
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    The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
    Via Amazon/Wordsworth Editions Ltd
    <i>Around the World in 80 Days</i> by Jules Verne
    Via Amazon/CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
    Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
    Via Amazon/CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
    <i>Madame Bovary</i> by Gustave Flaubert
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    Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
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    The Reader by Bernhard Schlink!

    Originally titled Der Vorleser, the novel was published in German in 1995. The Three Musketeers, Around the World in 80 Days, and Madame Bovary were all published in French.

    The Reader by Bernhard Schlink!
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  2. <i>Crime and Punishment</i> by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    Via Amazon/Penguin Classics
    Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    Via Amazon/Penguin Classics
    <i>War and Peace</i> by Leo Tolstoy
    Via Amazon/Vintage
    War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
    Via Amazon/Vintage
    <i>Anna Karenina</i> by Leo Tolstoy
    Via Amazon/Oxford University Press
    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
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    <i>The Metamorphosis</i> by Franz Kafka
    Via Amazon/Classix Press
    The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
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    The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka!

    Originally titled Die Verwandlung, the novella was published in German in 1915.

    The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka!
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  3. <i>The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales</i> by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
    Via Amazon/Penguin Random House
    The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
    Via Amazon/Penguin Random House
    <i>Pippi Longstocking</i> by Astrid Lindgren
    Via Amazon/Puffin Books
    Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
    Via Amazon/Puffin Books
    <i>The Neverending Story</i> by Michael Ende
    Via Amazon/Puffin Books
    The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
    Via Amazon/Puffin Books
    <i>The Little Prince</i> by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    Via Amazon/Mariner Books
    The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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    None of them were!

    The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales, which was first published under the name Children's and Household Tales, and The Neverending Story were written in German, Pippi Longstocking was written in Swedish, and The Little Prince was written in French.

  4. What language was The Alchemist originally written in?

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    The Alchemist!

    The novel — written by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho — was first published in Portuguese in 1988.

  5. <i>One Hundred Years of Solitude</i> by Gabriel García Márquez
    Via Amazon/Harper Collins Publishers
    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
    Via Amazon/Harper Collins Publishers
    <i>How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents</i> by Julia Alvarez
    Via Amazon/Algonquin Books
    How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
    Via Amazon/Algonquin Books
    <i>The House on Mango Street</i> by Sandra Cisneros
    Via Amazon/Vintage Books
    The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
    Via Amazon/Vintage Books
    <i>The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao</i> by Junot Díaz
    Via Amazon/Riverhead Books
    The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
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    One Hundred Years of Solitude!

    Written by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez, the novel was first published in Spanish in 1967. The House on Mango Street, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, and The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao were all first published in English.

    One Hundred Years of Solitude!
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  6. <i>The Phantom of the Opera</i> by Gaston Leroux
    Via Amazon/Simon & Brown
    The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
    Via Amazon/Simon & Brown
    <i>The Stranger</i> by Albert Camus
    Via Amazon/Vintage Books
    The Stranger by Albert Camus
    Via Amazon/Vintage Books
    <i>All Quiet on the Western Front</i> by Erich Maria Remarque
    Via Amazon/Ballantine Books
    All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
    Via Amazon/Ballantine Books
    <i>The Count of Monte Cristo</i> by Alexandre Dumas
    Via Amazon/Wordsworth Classics
    The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
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    All Quiet on the Western Front!

    The novel was first published in German in 1929.

    All Quiet on the Western Front!
  7. Which language was this novel originally written in?

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    Swedish!

    Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was first published posthumously in Swedish in 2005.

  8. <i>The Aeneid</i> by Virgil
    Via Amazon/Penguin Random House
    The Aeneid by Virgil
    Via Amazon/Penguin Random House
    <i>Aesop's Fables</i> by Aesop
    Via Amazon/Running Press
    Aesop's Fables by Aesop
    Via Amazon/Running Press
    <i>Metamorphoses</i> by Ovid
    Via Amazon/Penguin Random House
    Metamorphoses by Ovid
    Via Amazon/Penguin Random House
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Aesop's Fables by Aesop!

    The Aeneid and Metamorphoses were both written in Latin!

    Aesop's Fables by Aesop!
    Via Amazon/Running Press

Do You Know The Original Language Of These Famous Novels?

Even if you don't know the original languages, you've definitely read one or two of these famous works. Good job!

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Not only have you read most of these, but you know more than just what's on the page! Knowing trivia like when a book was written, or the original language, definitely adds to the story.

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