YEREVAN BESTSELLER 4/75 - ‘The Painted Veil’ by Somerset Maugham is in the list
YEREVAN, AUGUST 25, ARMENPRESS. The exclusive project of ARMENPRESS entitled ‘Yerevan Bestseller’ brings the top ten bestselling books of Yerevan every week.
Mark Aren’s ‘Where Wild Roses Bloom’ is this week’s bestselling book of Yerevan.
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.
Edgar Harutyunyan’s ‘Unfound Chamomiles’ this week is ranked 2nd. This is the second book of the author. ‘Unfound Chamomiles’ is about human relationship, love, friendship and betrayal.
Nobel Prize Laureate Svetlana Alexievich’s ‘The Last Witnesses’ is 3rd.
Alexievich is a Belarusian investigative journalist and non-fiction prose writer who writes in Russian. She was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time". She is the first writer from Belarus to receive the award.
‘The Fault in Our Stars’ is the sixth novel by author John Green, published in January 2012. The title is inspired by Act 1, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, in which the nobleman Cassius says to Brutus: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings." The story is narrated by Hazel Grace Lancaster, a sixteen-year-old girl with cancer. Hazel is forced by her parents to attend a support group in the "Literal Heart of Jesus" where she subsequently meets and falls in love with 17 year old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee. The novel is ranked 4th.
‘The Painted Veil’ by Somerset Maugham is ranked 5th. Maugham uses a third-person-limited point of view in this story, where Kitty Garstin is the focal character. Garstin, a pretty upper-middle class debutante, squanders her early youth amusing herself by living a social high life, during which her domineering mother attempts to arrange a "brilliant match" for her. Her mother, convinced that her eldest daughter has "missed her market", urges Kitty to settle for the rather “odd” Walter Fane, a bacteriologist and physician, who declares his love for Kitty. Shortly before Doris’s much grander wedding, Kitty and Walter depart as newlyweds to his post in Hong Kong.
‘The Alchemist’ by Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho is 6th.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.
Francis Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ comes next. It was first published in 1925, and is considered one of the typical works of American literature of the "jazz era".
‘Dandelion Wine’, 1957 novel by Ray Bradbury this week is ranked 8th. The novel is taking place in the summer of 1928 in the fictional town of Green Town, Illinois, based upon Bradbury's childhood home of Waukegan, Illinois. It was translated from English by Zaven Boyadjyan.
Alice Munro’s ‘Selected Stories’ is ranked 9th in the list.
‘The Autumn of the Patriarch’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez concludes the bestselling list of the week.
The following bookstores took part in a survey for the bestseller project: Bookinist (53-74-13), Hay Girk (54-07-06) and Zangak (23 26 49).
Yerevan Bestseller project presented by Angela Hambardzumyan
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