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"Armenpress" introduces 24th bestseller books list


YEREVAN, JUNE 28, ARMENPRESS. "Where the Wild Roses Bloom" by Moscow-resident contemporary Armenian author Mark Aren (Karen Martirosyan) tops this week’s "Armenpress" News Agency "Bestseller Books List".

The Armenian version of prominent Azerbaijani writer Akram Aylisli's "Stone Dreams" published by "Graber" publishing house occupies the second position in the bestseller books list. Artak Vardanyan translated the novel into Armenian. Aram Ananyan authored the preface of the book and the publication was edited by Seyranuhi Geghamyan. Aylisli's "Stone Dreams" novel caused a lot of noise and hysteria in Azerbaijan. On February 7, 2013, the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev signed a presidential decree that stripped Aylisli of the title of "People's Writer" and the presidential pension. Earlier, Aylisli confirmed reports that his son, a customs official, and wife were dismissed from their jobs.

"The Little Prince" by French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry occupies the third place. The novella is both the most read and most translated book in the French language, and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France. The book was translated into more than 250 languages and dialects, as well as Braille.

"The Alchemist" novel by contemporary Brazilian author Paulo Coelho occupies the fourth position of the bestseller books list. This book has been translated into 67 languages and according to AFP, it has sold more than 30 million copies in 56 different languages, becoming one of the best-selling books in history and winning the Guinness World Record for most translated book by a living author. 

"The Alchemist" is followed by "Memories of My Melancholy Whores" by Columbian author Gabriel García Márquez. The book was translated into Armenian from the Russian version by Hovhannes Ayvazyan in 2010. "Memories of My Melancholy Whores" is dedicated to the love affairs of an old journalist, who falls in love with a young girl.

"The Autumn of the Patriarch" and "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by the same author have been enclosed in one book, which occupies the 6th position of the ranking list.

''The Book of Lamentations'' by St. Gregory of Narek occupies the seventh position this week. The pearl of the medieval Armenian literature is also known to the public as "Narek" for short. The mystical poem "Book of Lamentations" has been translated into many languages and has played a significant role in the development of the Armenian literary language. This masterpiece by St. Gregory of Narek has always been included in our bestseller books list. 

Fable in novella ''Jonathan Livingston Seagull'', written by American author Richard Bach, occupies the eighth place. The book is about a seagull learning about life and flight, and a homily about self-perfection. It was first published in 1970 as "Jonathan Livingston Seagull — a story." By the end of 1972, over a million copies were in print, Reader's Digest had published a condensed version, and the book reached the top of the New York Times Best Seller list where it remained for 38 weeks. In 1972 and 1973 the book topped the Publishers Weekly list of bestselling novels in the United States.

"Pearls from the Treasury of Sevak's Thought" occupy the ninth place. And "The Master and Margarita" novel by Mikhail Bulgakov occupies the final position of the Bestseller Books List introduced by "Armenpress" News Agency.



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