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.

International Bestsellers


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Charlotte
David Foenkinos
Le suicide français
The French Suicide
Éric Zemmour
Albin Michel
2 Pas pleurer
Don’t Cry
Lydie Salvayre
Retour en absurdie
Back to the Absurd
Stéphane De Groodt
3 Pour que tu ne te perdes pas dans
le quartier
So That You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood
Patrick Modiano
Merci pour ce moment
Thank You for this Moment
Valérie Trierweiler
Les Arène

For the week ended Dec. 7; used by arrangement with Livres Hebdo/Ipsos.


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Passagier 23
Passenger 23
Sebastian Fitzek
Der Junge muss an die frische Luft
The Boy Needs Some Fresh Air
Hape Kerkeling
2 Kinder der Freiheit
Edge of Eternity
Ken Follett
Bastei Lübbe
Eine Bluse macht noch keinen
A Blouse Doesn’t Make a Summer
Guido M. Kretschmer
Edel Books
3 Die Lebenden und die Toten
The Living and the Dead
Nele Neuhaus
Die Toten Hosen
Die Toten Hosen
Philipp Oehmke

For November 2014; used by arrangement with Buchreport.


1 La regola dell’equilibrio
The Rule of Balance
Gianrico Carofiglio
4 Il dio del deserto
Desert God
Wilbur Smith
2 Morte in mare aperto e altre
indagini del giovane Montalbano
Death at Sea and Other Investi-gations of the Young Montalbano
Andrea Camilleri
Sellerio Editore Palermo
5 Ciò che inferno non è
What Hell Is Not
Alessandro D’Avenia
3 Un bambino è nato per noi.
Natale 2014
A Child is Born For Us:
Christmas 2014
Angelo Scola
Centro Ambrosiano
6 Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson
Alessandro Baricco

For November 2014; used by arrangement with Informazioni Editoriali.