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Rumi’s Little Book of Life: The Garden of the Soul, the Heart, and the Spirit

Authors: Rumi, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad
Translated by: Ališanka, Eugenijus
Translated from: English
Published on: 2017

Poet of the Middle Ages, the Sufi mystic of Rumi (1207-1273) is one of the most popular poets in the Western world. There is nothing new that the name of Rumi in Lithuania was heard at least for those who were interested in Oriental culture and poetry, but his work is still a little known. Therefore, it’s urgent to introduce a poetry book: Rumi’s little book of life: The Garden of the Soul, the Heart, and the Spirit – to collect translations from various works of Rumi and to allow the More

The Vegetarian

Authors: Kang, Han
Translated by: Šiaučiūnas-Kačinskas, Martynas
Translated from: Korean
Published on: 2017

At first glance book ‘The Vegetarian’ may impose some skeptical thoughts to the reader, but with every page you read through it becomes increasingly clear that this is not a simple story about a woman who does not eat meat. The book is psychologically difficult with such topics as domestic violence and also philosophically challenging, raising questions about the boundaries of human virtue and lust. The extremely grotesque novel forces the reader to contemplate about various More

Hear the Wind Sing

Authors: Murakami, Haruki
Translated by: Čepulionytė, Gabija
Translated from: Japanese
Published on: 2017

This novel is about a 21 year old guy, who studies biology and came back home for summer holidays. Having a lot of free time leads narrator and his old friend called “Rat“ spending a big portion of it in J‘s bar. There they just drink beer and smoke. The main character of the novel is quite a silent guy but he ponders about many different things. Most of his contemplations revolve around his three ex girlfriends, strange accidents, carnal love and his new friend who has lost one More

The Architect’s Apprentice

Authors: Shafak, Elif
Translated by: Žalytė-Steiblienė, Danguolė
Translated from: English
Published on: 2017

Elif Shafak is titled as one of the most famous and prominent writers in Turkey. The author of the book “The Architect’s apprentice” explicitly and vividly describes various places, scents and people of Turkey and India. The book also mentions life experiences and hardships of the main characters. All of this helps to delve into the ages of 16th century’s Ottoman Empire. According to the author, the idea of ​​the book started developing quite spontaneously: whilst driving through More

The Missing File

Authors: Mišani, Dror
Translated by: Gudelytė, Kristina
Translated from: Hebrew
Published on: 2017

Dror Mishani (born in 1975) is an Israeli crime fiction writer. He was born in Holon – a city in the south from Tel Aviv. Now Dror Mishani lives in Tel Aviv with his wife and children and teaches the history of detective fiction in Tel Aviv University. “The Missing File” is the writer’s debut work published in 2011. It is the first novel in the series of three crime fictions about a police inspector Avraham Avraham. The author’s birthplace Holon is the main place of the novel. More

The Statement

Authors: Hailji
Translated by: Šiaučiūnas-Kačinskas, Martynas
Translated from: Korean
Published on: 2016

The main character of a novel together with his wife comes to the seaside town to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. ( in the novel the name of the town is not mentioned, but for the character it is very well known and nostalgic.) At night, the man is suddenly  arrested by the police and taken to an unknown place to testify for a professedly committing a murder. A novel begins in an oppressive and stress-filled room. A bright light pointing in his face, handcuffed hands and the only … More

The Golden Son

Authors: Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Translated by: Žalytė-Steiblienė, Danguolė
Translated from: English
Published on: 2016

Plot of the book takes place in nowadays India and tells the story about two juveniles. Anill and Leena, both born in little village in India, were best friends in their childhood years. Sadly, when they became teenagers they had been separated by their social differences and by different destinies which are planned for them. Anil is from one of the most families in his rural area, he has and opportunity to study in the United States and become a wealthy doctor. Later on he must inherit the … More

A Woman in Jerusalem

Authors: Abraham B. Yehoshua
Translated by: Gudelytė, Kristina
Translated from: Hebrew
Published on: 2016

Abraham B. Yehoshua (born in 1936) – he is one of the most prominent Jerusalems writers. His novel “A Woman in Jerusaem” is written about forty years old woman who was killed in a market place during terrorist attack and a man who is working in one of the most popular Jarusalems bakery as human resources management division. He got a task to take a good care of now dead woman’s body. This novel is divided into three parts: ,,The manager”, ,,The Mission” and ,,The Journey”. More

Six Suspects

Authors: Swarup, Vikas
Translated by: Rosenaitė, Ina
Translated from: English
Published on: 2016

The author, Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup is best known for his famous book and its  screening, which in 2009 won seven Oscars. However, after that followed the second book, which is just as attention worthy as the first one, the detective ,,Six Suspects“.

This book tells a story about the murder case of Vicky Rai and a search of a killer. Vicky Rai is the son of a corrupt More

The Japanese Art of Tidying Up Practically

Authors: Shufu To Seikatsu Sha
Translated by: Geležauskas, Andrius
Translated from: Japanese
Published on: 2016

The book describes houses of eight tidying up experts whose home are different size and number of family members. Each expert has come up with their own techniques that help to maintain a clean environment, save space and find things easily. The book has plenty of advice on how many things need to be stored, what interior parts you should buy and how to install stylish rooms. This art of tidying up reflects a harmonious environment that helps a person to relax and feel joy. More

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU
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