RAU Lecturer Lia Asatryan Translated John Green’s New Novel "Turtles All the Way Down" into Armenian
Lia Asatryan, Lecturer at RAU Department of Theory of Language and Cross-Cultural Communication, translated John Green’s new novel “Turtles All the Way Down” into Armenian. The bookshop “Bukinist” hosted the “Turtles All the Way Down”’s presentation on November 24.
“The publishing house “Edit Print” offered me to translate the book and I agreed with great pleasure. Thanks to “Edit Print” a number of authors and international bestsellers are available for the Armenian reader in Armenian”, she confided.
Lia Asatryan is an author herself – her first poetry collection “Life and I” was published in 2018. She said that being the author can be technically easier, but psychologically harder, “Authors expose themselves, making themselves vulnerable, especially in poetry. In the translated work I introduce the reader to the thoughts of another person, that is, the author. So translation is easier”.
To the question “To read or not to read?”, Lia firmly replies, “Of course, to read”, and shares her top five books:
1. The New Testament (the Bible),
2. Poetry, Hovhannes Tumanyan,
3. “The Armenian National Ideology” by Sergey Sarinyan,
4. “Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green,
5. Depending on the mood. Can range from James Joyce’s short stories to Paruyr Sevak’s poetry.
“Turtles All the Way Down” is a young adult novel written by American author John Green, published in 2017 by Dutton Books. The story focuses on 16-year-old Aza Holmes, a high school student living with multiple anxiety disorders, and her search for a fugitive billionaire. Speaking about the novel, Green stated: “This is my first attempt to write directly about the kind of mental illness that has affected my life since childhood, so while the story is fictional, it is also quite personal.” The book debuted to positive reviews. The New York Times praised it as “surprising and moving” and wrote that “one needn't be suffering like Aza to identify with it. One need only be human.” Many reviewers noted Green's talent for keen observation, sharpened more in this case by Green's own struggles with OCD, the mental illness depicted in the novel.