Stefan Zweig’s stories are among bestsellers in Yerevan

The ‘Yerevan Bestseller’ project initiated by Armenpress 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, finds out that his parents were Armenians. He spends the rest of his life searching for the graves of his parents and does not know that it was a misunderstanding.

Edgar Harutyunyan’s ‘Unfound Chamomiles’ this week is ranked 2nd. This is the second book of the author.

‘Collected Stories of Guy de Maupassant’ is ranked 3rd in the list. It includes the author’s best works. Guy de Maupassant is an author of numerous stories that depict daily life of France in the 19th century. Many of his works have been translated and published in Armenian.

Francis Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ improved its position this week and is ranked 4th. It was first published in 1925, and is considered to be one of the typical works of American literature of the “jazz era”.

‘The Alchemist’ by Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho is ranked 5th. 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 he had a recurring dream of finding treasure there.

Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ comes next in the bestselling list of the week. Dorian Gray is the subject of a full-length portrait in oil by Basil Hallward. Through Basil, Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, and is soon enthralled by the aristocrat’s hedonistic worldview.

Stefan Zweig’s ‘Collected Stories’ is ranked 7th. 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.

‘Flowers for Algernon’ by David Keyes is 8th. 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.

Peter Stamm’s novel ‘Agnes’ is a love story which takes place in Chicago and is told through the eyes of a narrator whose name is never given. The novel begins with the author announcing that Agnes is dead.

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ concludes this week’s bestselling list. It is the sixth novel by author John Green, published in January 2012. The story is narrated by Hazel Grace Lancaster, a sixteen-year-old girl with cancer.

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