Literate Nation

This list of the bestselling books of 2004 in Germany (lifted from Lit Saloon) had me dreaming. Yeah, sure, you’ve got your Dan Browns and J.K. Rowlings and John Grishams, but also lots of cool literary fiction, a large portion of which in translation: titles by Rafik Schami (#24), Umberto Eco (#25), Mark Haddon (#34), Amos Oz (#39) and others. Perhaps the biggest surprise is this: Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt’s Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran was #3 on the list.