Yerevan Bestseller 2/35: Vishnevsky, Coelho, Şafak… Armenian reader likes to read modern literature
YEREVAN, OCTOBER 24, ARMENPRESS: "The Alchemist" by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho tops this week's "Bestseller Books List" introduced by "Armenpress" News Agency.
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 Little Prince" by French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry occupies the second 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.
A new book by Yanush Leon Vishnevsky titled “Grand” is in the third place. Yanush Leon Vishnevsky is also the author of bestseller “Loneliness in the Net”. It was persneted to the Armenian reader on September 27. The book is translated by Gor Martirosyan and edited by Zaven Boyajyan. Vishnevsky himself has participated in the presnettaion of the Armenian translation of the book.
"One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Columbian author Gabriel García Márquez occupies the fourth place . One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the multi-generational story of the Buendía family, whose patriarch, José Arcadio Buendía, founds the town of Macondo, the metaphoric Colombia.
The widely acclaimed book, considered by many to be the author's masterpiece, was first published in Spanish in 1967, and subsequently has been translated into thirty-seven languages and has sold more than 30 million copies. The magical realist style and thematic substance of One Hundred Years of Solitude established it as an important, representative novel of the literary Latin American Boom of the 1960s and 1970s, which wasstylistically influenced by Modernism (European and North American) and the Cuban Vanguardia (Vanguard) literary movement. One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women -- brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul -- this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction.
"Steppenwolf" novel by German-Swiss author Hermann Hesse is the fifth place in our list. Originally published in Germany in 1927, it was first translated into English in 1929. Combining autobiographical and psychoanalytic elements, the novel was named after the lonesome wolf of the steppes. The story in large part reflects a profound crisis in Hesse's spiritual world during the 1920s while memorably portraying the protagonist's split between his humanity and his wolf-like aggression and homelessness. Hesse would later assert that the book was largely misunderstood.
"The Book of Mher's Door" by Armenian author Levon Khechoyan, which has been published this year, is in the sixth position of the bestseller books list.
"Love in the Time of Cholera" again by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez occupies the seventh position.
"Memories of My Melancholy Whores" by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez is in the eighth place. 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.
“Book of Whispers” authored by Varujan Vosganian is in the 9th place. The book is about the Armenian Genocide. This year “Book of Whispers” has been nominated for Nobel Prize.
The book’s plot is woven with the characters of the author’s own family – with his grandfather Garabet as protagonist.
The next is "Bastard of Istanbul" by Elif Şafak. The book is dedicated to various problems the modern Turkey has to face with. The author pays a lot of attention to the issue of the Armenian Genocide, which has become an insuperable complex in the psychology of the Turks. Elif Şafak's books have been translated into more than thirty languages, and she was awarded the honorary distinction of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.
To complete the bestseller list, the following bookshops have participated in the survey: “New Book” (093-60-40-64), “Noah’s Ark” (56-81-84), Armenian Book” (54-07-06), “Edit Print” (57-70-09), “Bureaucrat” (50-01-52), “Bookinist” (53-74-13), “Art Bridge” (58-12-84) and “Zangak” (23-25-28).