YEREVAN BESTSELLER 4/59 - Kundera’s “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” returns to the list
YEREVAN, MAY 5, 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.
This week again Mark Aren’s “Where wild roses bloom” is the 2nd in the list. This is the second novel of the author which 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. The same former serviceman 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” is ranked 3rd in the bestselling list. 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.
Spencer Johnson’s “Who Moved My Cheese” is ranked 4th 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.
Aram Pachyan’s novel “Goodbye, Bird” returns to the list and is ranked 5th. The book was published for the first time in 2012. This is the author’s first novel.
Milan Kundera’s “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” comes next. It was published in 1984. The book chronicles the fragile nature of an individual's fate, theorizing that a single lifetime is insignificant in the scope of Nietzsche's concept of eternal return. In an infinite universe, everything is guaranteed to recur infinitely. In 1988, American director Philip Kaufman released a film adaptation.
“Flowers for Algernon” science fiction short story by Daniel Keyes is ranked 7th in this week’s list. The book was first published in the April 1959 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 1960. Algernon is a laboratory mouse who has undergone surgery to increase his intelligence by artificial means. The story is told by a series of progress reports written by Charlie Gordon, the first human test subject for the surgery, and it touches upon many different ethical and moral themes such as the treatment of the mentally disabled.
“The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” is ranked 8th in the list. It is a 2006 Holocaust novel by Irish novelist John Boyne. Unlike the months of planning Boyne devoted to his other books, he said that he wrote the entire first draft of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas in two and a half days, barely sleeping until he got to the end.
Stefan Zweig’s “Collected Stories” this week is ranked 9th. Zweig was an Austrian novelist, playwright, journalist and biographer. At the height of his literary career, in the 1920s and 1930s, he was one of the most popular writers in the world. The book was translated by Ara Arakelyan and Margarit Arakelyan.
The bestselling list is concluded by "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury. 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 following bookstores took part in a survey for the bestseller project: Bookinist (53-74-13), Armenian Book (54-07-06), Edit Print (52-08-48), (Zangak (23 26 49).
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