Reading list: Harout Ghukassian


Known for Book of Genius, a fantasy novel and The TrapOn the Border and SWAT TV series

What, if not a writer?

Lawyer, a businessman, or a mob boss 🙂

Do you read paper or electronic? One book at a time or simultaneously? Morning or night?

Mainly printed. Just like virtual communication, e-books aren’t real, aren’t alive for me. But this is a matter of preference. I don’t read more than two books at a time. And I prefer reading in the afternoons.

What books are on your bedside table?

To be honest, I don’t read literary fiction for many years now. I am not interested in “high truths about low emotions”. I reject all kinds of approaches, which take us away from our primary selves, seed suspicion about ourselves, infect us with the idea that drama is the indivisible part of a human’s life, that MAN is nothing but a prisoner of circumstances, that love without suffering doesn’t exist, that only a fool can be happy, etc… I can continue the list, but I think it is enough.

Of course, there are talented modern writers, and they create interesting literature, but at this moment it doesn’t attract me. For the past 10 years, I read completely different writers, who expose our real internal world, show our real place and role… I read the writers who do not have any restrictions, taboos in writing, who openly talk about the structures, which impose in a man the idea of being a slave.

Well right now the books at by bedside table are: Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One by Joe Dispenza and The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. I believe Eckhart Tolle is one of the brightest authors of the last century. He has a very different approach to the liberation of THE MAN. Liberation from ourselves, from our own thoughts and emotions.  He is an influential mind and author.

Who is your favorite overlooked writer?

Hovhannes Tumanyan and again Hovhannes Tumanyan. I think we haven’t fully discovered his literary heritage yet.

What’s the best book you’ve ever received as a gift?

There are no bad books. The best among those I received as a gift was The Tales by Brothers Grim, which I received as a child from my parents.

What kind of reader were you as a child? Which childhood books and authors stick with you most?

It was The Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. It was so impressive that me and my brother decided to take a trip to find the Island, secretly from our parents.