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I am the editor of a monthly medical journal, and I love your magazine. I particularly enjoyed your article in the Mar/Apr 2009 issue, "Books in Translation." Yesterday I came across a list of the "Top 40 European Fiction Authors 2008-2009." My eyes lit up like Dylan Thomas's on seeing a glass of whiskey. I was not familiar with many of the international writers: Henning Mankell, Paolo Giordano, and Charlotte Roche. I added them all to my to-read list, but I expect crushed hopes, lots of pining, and many stifled chuckles from my local library and independent book dealers.

Thanks for giving Bookmarks to the world!

Jenn Verlangieri

Via e-mail

The list that Jenn discovered was put together by Rudiger Wischenbart, a european journalist and consultant, along with Miha Kovac. If you're interested in the list and the methodology behind it, you can find both at www.wischenbart.com/publishing. We can't reprint the entire list, but here are the top ten, a mix of the familiar and the less so:

1. Stieg Larsson -- Larsson's top spot on the list covers the three books in his Millennium Trilogy, including The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (**** Nov/Dec 2008) and The Girl Who Played with Fire, which is coming out in the U.S. in late July.

2. Stephanie Meyer -- The Twilight series: the vampire phenomenon is worldwide.

3. Khaled Hosseini -- Hosseini's spot on the list is due to sales of both The Kite Runner (*** Sept/Oct 2003) and A Thousand Splendid Suns (**** SELECTION July/Aug 2007).

4. Roberto saviano -- Gomorrah: A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples' Organized Crime System is available in the U.S. in both hardcover and paperback.

5. Carolos Ruiz Zafon -- Zafon's latest, The Angel's Game (El juego del angel), just became available in the U.S. in mid-June. Zafon is also the author of The Shadow of the Wind (*** July/Aug 2004).

6. Ken Follett -- World Without End (**** Jan/Feb 2008) is set in 14th-century England and takes place 200 years after his Pillars of the Earth (1989).

7. Muriel Barbery --The Elegance of the Hedgehog (L'elegance du herisson) (**** SELECTION Nov/Dec 2008) has been a best seller in France since its 2006 publication and is being adapted for film.

8. Charlotte Roche -- Wetlands (Feuchtgebiete), an autobiographical and highly erotic debut novel, is currently available in hardcover in the U.S.

9. John Boyne -- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by the Irish novelist was published in the U.S. in 2006. It was the best-selling book of the year in Spain for both 2007 and 2008.

10. Cecelia Ahern -- The Gift is the latest romantic comedy by the Irish novelist; it will be published in the U.S. in October 2009.

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Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jul 1, 2009
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