“Yerevan Bestseller”: Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” tops the list

“Yerevan Bestseller”, a project initiated by ARMENPRESS, brings the top ten bestselling books of Yerevan every week.

Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” tops this week’s bestselling list.

Edgar Harutyunyan’s “Unfound Chamomiles” comes next. This is the second book of the author and concerns human relationship, love, friendship and betrayal.

Spencer Johnson’s “Who Moved My Cheese” is 3rd. Published on September 8, 1998, “Who Moved My Cheese” is a 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. More than 26 million copies of the book are sold worldwide in 37 languages and remains one of the best-selling business books.

Mark Aren’s “Where Wild Roses Bloom” is next.

“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” is ranked 5th in the list. It is a 2006 Holocaust novel by Irish novelist John Boyne. According to Boyne’s own words, unlike the months of planning devoted to his other books, he wrote the entire first draft of “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” in two and a half days, barely sleeping until he got to the end.

“The Alchemist” by Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho comes next.

“Give Me Your Hand, Kiddo” by Gurgen Khanjyan is next in the list. It is a psychological novel focused on the past and memories, desires and reality.

“And the Mountains Echoed” by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini is next. The book is written as a collection of short stories, with each of the nine chapters being told from the perspective of a different character. The book’s foundation is built on the relationship between ten-year-old Abdullah and his three-year-old sister Pari and their father’s decision to sell her to a childless couple in Kabul, an event that ties the various narratives together.

“The Bastard of Istanbul” by Turkish author Elif Şafak, comes next. It was originally written in English, and upon being translated to Turkish it became a bestseller. The story is set in Arizona; San Francisco, California; and Istanbul, Turkey. The novel deals with the families of the main characters and how they are connected through the history of the 1915 Armenian Genocide.

“The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green, published in January 2012 concludes the list. 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 a sixteen-year-old girl suffering from cancer.

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