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YEREVAN BESTSELLER 4/65: Unfound Chamomiles by E. Harutyunyan tops weekly chart

YEREVAN, JUNE 16, ARMENPRESS. The exclusive project of ARMENPRESS entitled ‘Yerevan Bestseller’ brings the top ten bestselling books of Yerevan every week.

Edgar Harutyunyan’s Unfound Chamomiles is this week’s bestselling book of Yerevan. This is the second book of the author. Unfound Chamomiles is about human relationship, love, friendship and betrayal.

Mark Aren’s Where Wild Roses Bloom is this week’s 2nd bestselling book.

Oscar Wilde’s The Picture Of Dorian Gray comes next 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.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is ranked 4th 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.

Flowers For Algernon by David Keyes comes next.  The short story, written in 1958 and first published in the April 1959 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 1960.

Milan Kundera’s “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” is ranked 6th. 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.

The Alchemist  by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho comes next in the list. It was first published in 1988. Originally written in Portuguese, it became an international bestseller translated into some 70 languages as of 2016. An allegorical novel, The Alchemist follows a young Andalusian shepherd in his journey to Egypt, after having a recurring dream of finding treasure there.

Over the years there have been film and theatrical adaptations of the work and musical interpretations of it.

Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by American writer Ray Bradbury, published in 1953. It is ranked 8th in this week’s list. It was translated to Armenian by Lusine Haroyan.

 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 book's tagline explains the title: "Fahrenheit 451 – the temperature at which book paper catches fire, and burns ..."

The novel has been the subject of interpretations focusing on the historical role of book burning in suppressing dissenting ideas.

Goodbye, Bird by Aram Pachyan comes next in the list. The novel was first published in 2012. It is the first work of the author, describing the inner ‘reflections of a bird’ of a man who was demobilized from the Army.

Spencer Johnson’s Who Moved My Cheese concludes 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.

Bookinist and Hay Girk bookstores, as well as Edit Print and Zangak publishing houses were surveyed for the project.


Article by Angela Hambardzumyan


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