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Vietnam. Singapore. Bali. Magical South East Asia

Author: Domkuvienė, Violeta

This book gives perfect opportunities to plunge into three magic countries of Southeastern Asia. The author describes three countries figuratively and in a defiantly way, which she has visited. It is Vietnam, Singapore and the island of Bali. The author of the book shortly tells the   history , customs and traditions of the visited countries, which can give the reader a shock, and also describes her own adventures in the visited countries, a few of which are funny  and some of which will … More

10 000 Kilometers till Lithuania

Author: Venclova, Tomas

From the travel diaries made book, the readers can feel through the eyes of the author far Asian countries, like Japan, Korea, or China and Tibet. The book introduce us with these countries closer and lively. Author visits those places in which he has personal intrest, most of the time exploring cultural monuments or aspects of civilization. Each day spent in the country is always new for the author and he spends each day fully to feel the country as much as possible. Sometimes the author gets into funny situations or writes ironic comments, thereby not hiding his discovery happiness and difficulties he experience while travelling. More

At the Baltic Sea, at the Sea of Japan

Author: Kapustinskas, Povilas

The book takes us to a nearly but still memorable especially among elders times when we were still in the Soviet Union. The writer analyzes 1950-1962 years. Thus, the author tells us his twelve years journey that distacting him from Lithuania to the Far East.

“Prie Baltijos ir Japonijos jūrų“ – it is an autobiographical book. Most parts of the story author devotes to describe his geological works. After his history-philology studies, he realised that nature is more attractive to his beliefs. Together with the author we are exploring various towns and villages of Lithuania. But being more adventurous he dares to take us through the great cities of the Soviet Union. After reaching Chinese walls, in Western Sajan, in Dzugdzur and other places he also describes his geological excavations. More

Six Years in Saigon

Author: Delattre-Lefebvre-Vilimaitė, Vita

After hearing an offer to live a year  in Saigon, journalist Vita Vilimaitė Lefebvre Delattre didn not waver: she always wanted to return to Asia, because she felt that there she will find her fate. But is the Saigon of 2006 really the place of her dream?

Just like all other people who wrote about their memories, adventures and events in Asia – the author reviels a rather dualistic world. To us, westerners, hearing the word Asia, whether we like it or not, brings thoughts of stereotypes like: Taj Mahal, The Great Wall of China, odd dishes and so on. But these are the thoughts of an unexperienced person. There is a completely diffent, deeper world underneath our ameteuristic glance. That is exactly what is emphasized in “Šešeri metai Saigone“ (Six years in Saigon). While drawing a picture of uknown Vietnam to a westerner, the author binds every drawn line with her own experienced events, feelings, thoughts. In this book one will find how stereotypes are “broken“ and confirmed. However, the most fascinating aspect of this book is the author‘s ability to put the reader of this book into her place. To make one feel enstranged in a different culture. To feel lonely and showered in often not required attention because of being  a “white“ person with light eyes. More

Egypt, vol. 1

Author: Rudzinskaitė-Arcimavičienė, Marija

The book „Aigiptas“ (“Egypt) was released in 1936. It was written by Marija Rudzinskaitė-Arcimavičienė. She was a professional Egyptology pioneer in Lithuania and associate proffesor in department of General History in Vytautas Magnus University Faculty of Humanities. This is a first volume of „Senovės Rytų istorija“. The main object of research in this book are Egyptians and Assyrians-Babylonians.

The first chapter (introduction) of the book describes Ancient East culture and its influence to European culture, talks about sufficiently unclear and narrow Ancient Eastern historical sources. It also gives information about Ancient East history studies and its chronology. In the last part of first chapter Ancient Egypt timbers are being analyzed too. Second chapter of “Aigiptas” describes Egyptian history origins – from geographical conditions and their influence to living in this land, to Ancient Egyptian origin story. It also discusses all at that time available knowledge about Ancient Egypt. More

Twelve Hymns of the Rig Veda

Author: Mironas, Ričardas

In the book, “Twelve Hymns of the Rig Veda”, we explored the world of India, Sanskritology and Vedic tradition. This book is an original, serious work, still written in an ancient artistic form, and still of great interest for contemporary readers. The author of the book, R. Mironas, inspired many Lithuanians with this book, which was a first attempt to translate the ancient Vedic texts into the Lithuanian language. One of the first Lithuanians to study this text and make an excursion into Sanskrit mythology… His project was to open the eyes of Lithuanians to the world of India, its religion, culture, and philosophy, in short to show them another world.

When one reads this book attention ought to be paid to the structure. The author starts by introducing the texts by explaining the different terms used, such as Indo-Iranian (also known as Aryan) and Rig Veda, and the evolution of the Vedic texts, before presenting his translation (from an earlier German translation) of the texts themselves. More

The Golden dragon

Author: Neimantas, Romualdas

Romualdas Neimantas is the writer, the doctor of history science, one of the most prominent explorer of Eastern cultures, Lithuania‘s and Eastern cultural interactions, also known as a person, who devoted his whole life for East Asia region, cognition, exploration and travelling. Author in the book “The golden dragon“ not only talks about Daoizm which is one of the oldest filosophy and religion in China but also tries to find a unique way how to perceive China. Having consideration in that, author refers to his old acquintance professor Lin Bo thoughts.  Professor claims, that “China is the dragon, who has thousands of faces. If you want to understand China, you have to find a dragon… The golden dragon who is the body, the soul and the blood of China.“ The main goal in this book is to find the Golden dragon which lies in Chinese philosophy, art and perception of the world. More

Devil of Overseas

Author: Jauniškis, Bronius

Two memories by two tellers this is what this book is made of. This documentary novel speaks about Lithuanian missionaries who are preparing for their great spiritual mission in China. This novel takes us back to before and after World War II. While reading this book, readers can easily imagine picturesque scenes from Buddhism, Taoism confessors, their religion and lifestyle. This book also exposes a small part of Confucius truths and what confessors this religion contains of. Also, friendship …and first love these are keywords that makes this book throughout more interesting. More

The flight of three colored eagle

Author: Kuckailis, Ernestas

“I dedicate this book to an army unit, which was the first who went to missions in Afghanistan after Lithuanian army recovery – squadron “Eagle-02” “ – these are the first words of the author in the beginning of the book. Ernestas Kuckailis is one of the first restored Lithuanian National Defence volunteers, who came to serve the country when no one was sure how everything’s going to end, and the probability to lay head for Lithuania was perceived as an inevitability.

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Wind from the East

Author: Paulius, Adolfas

“Wind From The East” is a book with a unique content. This is the very first original literature work done by a Lithuanian author, where the story-line is about one Lithuanian student’s adventures and impressions in the Far East – Xian, China. The author of the book didn’t have a chance to travel to China himself, however, just like he said in one of his interviews, “The main character of the book went there instead of me.”

Xian is the main place where all the action took place. The young Lithuanian came here to visit his childhood friend Pei Sin. Here, in Xian, Pei Sin introduces the Lithuanian to his friends, historians, philosophers and students from other countries, but most importantly he introduces him to a completely new culture. By using all kinds of traditional Chinese legends, history fact and so on, the author introduces the reader with a 5000 year old image of the mysterious China. The new friends reveal lots of different myths, legends (for example the legends about the foxes and the sky fairies), traditional customs. They introduce their friend from abroad with the old culture of China, reveal some of the traditional Chinese celebrations. Even though the main action of the book is during the 21st century, the younger generations of China are still embracing all the traditions and wants their new friend to know as much about them too.

However, here we can see another important topic of the book suddenly appear. It is globalization. China is not as closed as it used to be. More and more people are getting interested in the country, we can see more and more travelers choosing China as their destination. To add, the western impact is getting more and more noticeable. That is why there is a lot of comparison between the Western cultures and China. The main character also enthusiastically shares some legends and stories about his home country Lithuania.

Lastly, for the reader to get to know China’s culture even better, at the very ending of the book the author gives away some of the traditional Chinese gymnastic exercises, old traditional recopies and even a list of Lithuanian – Chinese phrases and some of the most important phone numbers in case the reader would decide to go to the enchanting China. This kind of content when the the book is written is almost a diary form and all the recopies, exercises added to one place makes it even easier for the reader to see the image of China that the author wants to show us. More

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU
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