Dan Brown’s latest novel, Origin, was in the top spot on the fiction bestseller list in France at the end of October, and was only bested by Ken Follett’s gargantuan 900-page A Column of Fire in Spain and Fear of Flying 7A, Sebastian Fitzek’s new novel in Germany. (Origin was also #3 in Sweden and #1 in the Netherlands and Italy).
Fear of Flying 7A is a thriller about a plot to hijack and crash a flight from Buenos Aires to Berlin. Relatively few books by Fitzek, a top-selling author in Germany, have appeared in English translations so far.
In nonfiction, a pair of self-help books—Richard David Precht’s Know Yourself and Rolf Dobelli’s The Art of the Good Life—bracket Peter Wohlleben’s The Secret Network of Nature, which was at #2. Both Wohlleben’s and Dobelli’s books are already published in English translations.
The French are also enamored with Wohlleben; his previous global bestseller, The Secret Life of Trees, topped the nonfiction list at the end of October, followed by Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus, last month’s #1, now in the second slot.
With Spain and its Catalonia region in a tense standoff over Catalonia’s bid for independence, Listen, Catalonia. Listen, Spain was #1 on the Spanish nonfiction list last month.
FranceFiction Nonfiction 1 Origine
Lattès La vie secrète des arbres
The Hidden Life of Trees
Les Arènes 2 On la trouvait plutôt jolie
People Found Her Rather Pretty
Presses de la Cité Homo deus: une brève histoire de l’avenir
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
Yuval Noah Harari
Albin Michel 3 Trois baisers
Albin Michel Sapiens: une brève histoire de l’humanité
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
For the week ended Oct. 29; used by arrangement with GFK/Livres Hebdo
GermanyFiction Nonfiction 1 Flugangst 7A
Fear of Flying 7A
Droemer HC Erkenne dich selbst
Richard David Precht
Goldmann 2 Origin
Bastei Lübbe Das geheime netzwerk der natur
The Hidden Life of Animals
Ludwig 3 Die hauptstadt
Suhrkamp Die kunst des guten lebens
The Art of the Good Life
For the week ended Oct. 29; used by arrangement with Buchreport
SpainFiction Nonfiction 1 Una columna de fuego
A Column of Fire
Plaza Janés Escucha, Cataluña. Escucha, España
Listen, Catalonia. Listen, Spain
Josep Borrell et al.
Península 2 Origen
Planeta Cree en ti
Believe in Yourself
Planeta 3 Los pacientes del doctor García
Dr. García’s Patients
Tusguets Defectos perfectos
For the week ended Oct. 29; used by arrangement with El Cultural