A handful of new titles topped the bestseller lists in the international markets at the start of 2014. In France, 21-year-old Edouard Louis’s debut novel, Finishing Off Eddy Bellegueule, came in at #1. The book follows Eddy, a boy from a working-class family in a small French town who suffers abuse at the hands of his alcoholic mother, and is later persecuted because of his homosexuality. The book has been hailed by some as this “season’s literary sensation.” Repair the Living by Maylis de Kerangal was in the #2 spot on the French fiction list, and U.S. bestseller The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt, landed at #3; both titles were new to the list this month.

In Germany, Jonas Jonasson’s The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden was once again the top-selling fiction title. Ecco is set to publish the book in the U.S. in April. Haruki Murakami’s hotly anticipated new novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, debuted at #2 on the German fiction list (Knopf will publish the novel in the U.S. August 12). In third place was former IT consultant Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project. Originally published in Australia, the novel, which chronicles one man’s journey to find the perfect mate through logic and equations, was published by Simon & Schuster in the U.S. in October, and has been sold into more than 30 territories. Sony has optioned film rights.

Isabel Allende’s Ripper debuted in the top spot on Spain’s fiction chart (Harper published the novel in the U.S. in January), followed by Joël Dicker’s The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, which rose two spots to #2. Penguin Books acquired U.S. rights to Dicker’s novel, for an advance that the imprint reported as the highest it has ever paid; publication is set for May 27.

International Bestsellers

Fiction Nonfiction
1 Die Analphabetin, die rechnen konnte
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
Jonas Jonasson
Carl´s Books
Guido M. Kretschmer
Edel Books
2 Die Pilgerjahre des farblosen Herrn Tazaki
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Haruki Murakami
Die Schlafwandler
The Sleepwalkers
Christopher Clark
3 Das Rosie-Projekt
The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion
Fischer Krüger
Da geht noch was
It’s Never Too Late
Christine Westermann
Kiepenheuer & Witsch

Fiction Nonfiction
1 El juego de Ripper
Isabel Allende
Plaza & Janés
Yo fui a EGB
I Went to EGB
Javier Ikaz & Jorge Díaz
Plaza & Janés
2 La verdad sobre el caso Harry Quebert
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
Joël Dicker
El dilema de España
The Dilemma of Spain
Luis Garicano
3 Melocotón loco
Crazy Peach
Megan Maxwell
Las 500 dudas más frecuentes del español
The 500 Most Common Questions About the Spanish Language
Instituto Cervantes

Fiction Nonfiction
1 En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule
Finishing Off Eddy Bellegueule
Edouard Louis
Du bonheur
Frédéric Lenoir
2 Réparer les vivants
Repair the Living
Maylis de Kerangal
Voyages en absurdie
Travelling Absurdly
Stéphane de Groodt, Christophe Debacq
3 Le chardonneret
The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt
Philippe Torreton