For a long time Vladimir Illyich Lenin was the most translated writer in the world. His speeches and writings were available in all the languages of the Soviet Union as well as in most of the world's major languages. Up until the disintegration of the Soviet Union, that is. Now Lenin is living off past glory with the number of new translations at a standstill. There are still over 3000 translations of Lenin available-- until stocks last. For a long time Lenin, Agatha Christie, The Bible and Walt Disney jostled for a place among the top four. With Lenin having fallen into fourth place, the triumvirate has Ms Christie, the Walt Disney Company and The Holy Book scrambling for first place. In these days of market capitalism Disney has a definite edge with surging new found popularity in the former Warsaw pact nations. The 10 most translated authors in the world with over 1500 translations each are : 1. Walt Disney Productions 2. Agatha Christie 3. The Bible 4. Lenin 5. Jules Verne 6. Barbara Cartland 7. Enid Blyton 8. William Shakespeare 9. Hans Christian Andersen 10. The Grimm Brothers BBC News describes this list as 'bizarre' - precisely the sort of 'bizarre' comment I would expect from the BBC!