YEREVAN BESTSELLER 4/61 - “Boys in Zinc” by Svetlana Alexievich in the list
YEREVAN, MAY 19, ARMENPRESS. “Unfound Daisies” by photographer and writer Edgar Harutyunyan leads the list of YEREVAN BESTSELLER project of ARMENPRESS.
The book is about complex human relationships: love, friendship, betrayal. This is the author’s second book.
Mark Aren’s “Where Wild Roses Bloom” remains on the second position, just like last week.
The story describes the inner world of an Armenophobic Turkish former serviceman, when he, already an old man, suddenly hears a lullaby song that reminds him of his mother and later finds out that the song is in Armenian: realizing his parents were Armenians. He spends his remaining life searching the graves of his parents, without knowing that it was a misunderstanding.
Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture Of Dorian Gray” comes next in the bestselling list of the week. Dorian Gray is the subject of a full-length portrait in oil by Basil Hallward, an artist who is impressed and infatuated by Dorian's beauty; he believes that Dorian's beauty is responsible for the new mode in his art as a painter. Through Basil, Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, and he soon is enthralled by the aristocrat's hedonistic worldview: that beauty and sensual fulfillment are the only things worth pursuing in life.
“Boys in Zinc” by Belarusian writer and journalist Svetlana Alexievich is ranked 4th in this week’s bestselling list. Certain of her books won Nobel Prize. Hovhannes Ayvazyan translated the books into Armenia.
Edgar Harutyunyan’s another book “Art of Devotion or Ode to Rose” returns to the list and is ranked 5th.
Spencer Johnson’s “Who Moved My Cheese” is 6th in the list. Published on September 8, 1998, Who Moved My Cheese is a motivational business fable. The text describes change in one's work and life, and four typical reactions to those changes by two mice and two "little people," during their hunt for cheese. A New York Times business bestseller upon release, Who Moved My Cheese? remained on the list for almost five years and spent over 200 weeks on Publishers Weekly's hardcover nonfiction list. It has sold more than 26 million copies worldwide in 37 languages and remains one of the best-selling business books.
"Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury comes next. Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel published in 1953. It is regarded as one of his best works. The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and "firemen" burn any that are found. The title refers to the temperature that Bradbury understood to be the autoignition point of paper.
“The Alchemist” by Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho is ranked 8th. The novel is about having a dream and the dedication to making it come true, coupled with love, kindness and the ability to recognize a new country.
"1984" by George Orwell ranks the 9th in the list. The book is labeled as “banned” in many countries of the world.
Aram Pachyan’s “Goodbye, Bird” concludes this week’s list. The book describes the inner world of a man who has been demobilized from the Army.
The following bookstores took part in a survey for the bestseller project: Bookinist (53-74-13), Armenian Book (54 07 06), Zangak (23 26 49), and Edit Print (52 08 48).
YEREVAN BESTSELLER presented by Angela Hambardzumyan