25 Different Collectors

The Collector is a famous classic novel written in 1963 by the great British author John Fowles. It was immediately greeted with much acclaim, and the success of the book enabled Fowles to quit his day job and work full-time as an author.

I found versions of this book that had been translated into 25 different languages. I have grouped the titles according to language family, so many adjacent books are written in languages from the same family. See how many you can get!

  1. Коллекционер
  2. Колекціонер
  3. Колекционер
  4. Колекционерът
  5. Kolekcjoner
  6. Kolekcionar
  7. Zbiratelj
  8. Sběratel
  9. El coleccionista
  10. Colecţionarul, Colectionarul
  11. O Colecionador
  12. Il collezionista
  13. L’obsédé
  14. De verzamelaar
  15. Samleren, Offer for en samler
  16. Der Sammler
  17. Kolekcionierius
  18. Kolekcionārs
  19. Ο συλλέκτης
  20. Neitoperho
  21. Liblikapüüdja
  22. A Lepkegyűjtő
  23. Koleksiyoncu
  24. جامع الفراشات
  25. კოლექციონერი

14 Comments

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14 responses to “25 Different Collectors

  1. James Schipper

    1 –
    2 –
    3 –
    4 –
    5 –
    6 –
    7 – Slovak
    8 – Czech
    9 – Spanish
    10 – Romanian
    11 – Portuguese
    12 – Italian
    13 – French
    14 – Dutch
    15 – Danish
    16 – German
    17 –
    18 –
    19 – Greek
    20 –
    21 – Finnish
    22 – Hungarian
    23 – Turkish
    24 – Arabic
    25 – Hindi

    The first four are Slavic, but I couldn’t tell you which is which.

    • 1 –
      2 –
      3 –
      4 –
      5 –
      6 –
      7 – Slovak NO
      8 – Czech YES
      9 – Spanish YES
      10 – Romanian YES
      11 – Portuguese YES
      12 – Italian YES
      13 – French YES
      14 – Dutch YES
      15 – Danish YES
      16 – German YES
      17 –
      18 –
      19 – Greek YES
      20 –
      21 – Finnish NO
      22 – Hungarian YES
      23 – Turkish YES
      24 – Arabic YES
      25 – Hindi NO

      The first four are Slavic, but I couldn’t tell you which is which. CORRECT.

      Good job! You got about half of them.

      So we still have to get:

      1 –
      2 –
      3 –
      4 –
      5 –
      6 –
      7 –
      17 –
      18 –
      20 –
      21 –
      25 –

      • James Schipper

        1 – Russian. The Russians sometimes use double consonants, and in 1 there is a double l: лл.
        5 – Polish
        6 – Croatian
        21 – Estonian
        25 – Tamil

        • 1 – Russian. The Russians sometimes use double consonants, and in 1 there is a double l: лл. YES
          5 – Polish YES
          6 – Croatian YES
          21 – Estonian YES
          25 – Tamil NO

          Good job! You got four more. Now there are only eight left:

          2 –
          3 –
          4 –
          7 –
          17 –
          18 –
          20 –
          25 –

  2. James Schipper

    2 – Serbian, because it has an i in it.
    3 – Ukrainian
    4 – Bulgarian
    7 – Slovenian
    17 – Lithuanian
    18 – Latvian
    20 – Finnish
    25 – Georgian

  3. 2 – Serbian, because it has an i in it. NO
    3 – Ukrainian NO
    4 – Bulgarian YES
    7 – Slovenian YES
    17 – Lithuanian YES
    18 – Latvian YES
    20 – Finnish YES
    25 – Georgian YES

    Great job! Now all you need to get is 2 and 3.

  4. James Schipper

    I’ll just invert them.

    2 – Ukrainian
    3 – Serbian

  5. Stary Wylk

    It was the only Slavic language written in Cyrillic characters left that I could think of.

  6. Xanadan

    Not really that interested in languages, but it’s a good book. The Magus is better, have you read it?

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