David Foenkinos’s Charlotte, the story of a German painter who died at Auschwitz at the age of 26, rose six spots to hit #1 on France’s fiction list in November. The book bumped the previous month’s top seller, newly minted Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano’s So That You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood, to the #3 spot. (On December 15, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced it will release the title in the U.S. in late 2015.) Lydie Salvayre’s Don’t Cry debuted on the list at #2. The book, set during the Spanish Civil War, won the Prix Goncourt, France’s top literary prize, in 2014.
In Germany, Sebastian Fitzek’s Passenger 23 pushed from #2 to #1 on the country’s fiction chart. Ken Follett’s Edge of Eternity, the third book in his Century Trilogy, jumped three spots to #2 (the bestselling book was released in the U.S. by Dutton in September).
Gianrico Carofiglio’s The Rule of Balance was new to Italy’s combined list, debuting at #1 in November. The book is the latest in the author’s series starring lawyer Guido Guerrieri, who has to, per the publisher, “deal with a judge accused of corruption and a woman with whom he falls in love with.” New titles also included Wilbur Smith’s Desert God at #4. The book, described by the publisher as “Game of Thrones meets Ancient Egypt,” was published Stateside in October by William Morrow.
Éric Zemmour held on to the top spot on France’s nonfiction list with The French Suicide. Belgian comedian Stéphane De Groodt jumped five spots to #2 with his comedic essay collection, Back to the Absurd.
Another comedian, Hape Kerkeling, topped Germany’s nonfiction list. The Boy Needs Some Fresh Air chronicles Kerkeling’s childhood and his mother’s death.
|Le suicide français |
The French Suicide
|2||Pas pleurer |
|Retour en absurdie |
Back to the Absurd
Stéphane De Groodt
|3||Pour que tu ne te perdes pas dans |
So That You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood
|Merci pour ce moment |
Thank You for this Moment
For the week ended Dec. 7; used by arrangement with Livres Hebdo/Ipsos.
|1||Passagier 23 |
|Der Junge muss an die frische Luft |
The Boy Needs Some Fresh Air
|2||Kinder der Freiheit |
Edge of Eternity
|Eine Bluse macht noch keinen |
A Blouse Doesn’t Make a Summer
Guido M. Kretschmer
|3||Die Lebenden und die Toten |
The Living and the Dead
|Die Toten Hosen |
Die Toten Hosen
For November 2014; used by arrangement with Buchreport.
|1||La regola dell’equilibrio |
The Rule of Balance
|4||Il dio del deserto |
|2||Morte in mare aperto e altre |
indagini del giovane Montalbano
Death at Sea and Other Investi-gations of the Young Montalbano
Sellerio Editore Palermo
|5||Ciò che inferno non è |
What Hell Is Not
|3||Un bambino è nato per noi. |
A Child is Born For Us:
|6||Smith & Wesson |
Smith & Wesson
For November 2014; used by arrangement with Informazioni Editoriali.