|As a publisher specializing in foreign literature in translation, Open Books has been nurturing a strong catalogue of European and Russian literature from its very first years. Some of its earliest titles have gone on to become classics, like Eco's The Name of the Rose (published in Korea in 1986), Gorky's The Mother (1989) and Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago (1990).
Over the years, Open Books' catalogue of classics has significantly expanded, most notably with several collections of complete works by masters such as Dostoyevsky, Kazantzakis, E.M. Forster and collected works by Pushkin.
In 2006, Open Books celebrated its first 20 years of adventurous publishing by launching the "Mr. Know" collection. This collection featured over 60 titles including some of Open Books most popular works by authors such as, among others, Umberto Eco, Nikos Kazantzakis, Bernard Werber, E.M. Forster, Julian Barnes, Sebastian Faulks, Luis Sepúlveda, Paul Auster, and Patrick Süskind. These were supplemented by a fine eclectic blend of novels from the world literary canon including works by Albert Camus, Goethe, Bram Stoker, Erich Maria Remarque, Virginia Woolf, George Orwell, Italo Calvino, Jorge Amado, Emile Zola, Karen Blixen, Thomas Mann, John Fowles, Anton Chekhov, Edith Wharton, Amos Oz, Mikhail Bulgakov, Dashiell Hammett, Aleksandr Pushkin and many more.