More than 20 years after Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being was released in the U.S., the Czech publishing house Atlantis has published the first Kundera-approved edition in the Czech Republic. The title immediately jumped to the top of the country's fiction bestseller lists in November. The runner-up, Petr Sabach's Identity Card, is also set in Prague and uses the Prague Spring of 1968 as a backdrop for his story. While the first four nonfiction titles topping the Czech list are a mix of the usual subjects, the #5 title is a bit of a surprise—The Might and the Almighty by Prague-born Madeline Albright; Almighty was published in the U.S. this spring by HarperCollins.
The top three titles on the French nonfiction list were new in November and, in order, touch on three topics of great importance to the country: wine, the environment and the future. Winning the most prestigious French literary prize last month, the Prix Goncourt, kept Jonathan Littell's The Benevolent Ones on top of the fiction charts, fending off several newcomers, including the latest holiday mystery from Mary and Carol Higgins Clark, Santa Cruise.
Paulo Coelho's newest, The Witch of Portobello, didn't make the top three spots in Spain, debuting at #4 last month. HarperCollins will publish Portobello in the U.S. next spring.
|1||The Benevolent OnesJonathan Littell Gallimard||Dictionary of the Love of WineBernard Pivot Plon|
|2||Odette Everybody and Other StoriesEric-Emmanuel Schmitt Albin Michel||For an Ecological PactNicolas Hulot Calmann-Levy|
|3||Santa CruiseMary and Carol Higgins Clark Albin Michel||A Short History of the FutureJacques Attali Fayard|
|For week ending November 18, used by arrangement with Livres Hebdo/Ipsos.|
|1||The Cathedral of the SeaIldefonso Falcones Grijalbo||The Overnight Miracle of COPEFederico Jimenez Losantos La Esfera de los Libros|
|2||Everything Under the SkyMatilde Asensi Planeta||IstanbulOrham Pamuk Mondadori|
|3||Laura and JulioJuan Jose Millas Seix Barral||Goodbye DepressionEnrique Rojas Tamas de Hoy|
|For week ending November 18, used by arrangement with El Cultural.|
|1||The Unbearable Lightness of BeingMilan Kundera Atlantis||The New Testament- Karmelitanske|
|2||Identity CardPetr Sabach Paseka||Excursive Camera 3- Freytag & Berndt|
|3||LabyrinthKate Mosse BB/art||Excursive Camera 2- Freytag & Berndt|
|For week ending November 18, used by arrangement with SCKN, Knizni Novinky.|