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The Court Dancer

Authors: Shin Kyung-sook
Translated by: Šiaučiūnas-Kačinskas, Martynas
Translated from: Korean
Published on: 2019

“The Court Dancer” is a piece full of new adventures, experiences, and pain. The book is based on an actual person called Yi Jin who was a talented court dancer. After reading a short story about this girl the author felt a connection to her and decided to write a novel. In this novel you can find a lot of Korean history and culture, knowledge of a young woman and her painful life after leaving Joseon. More

An Artist of The Floating World

Authors: Ishiguro, Kazuo
Translated by: Žukaitė, Mėta
Translated from: English
Published on: 2019

“An Artist of The Floating World” is a novel about an artist named Masuji Ono and the post-World War II Japan. It is the time of changes and when the narrator Masuji Ono meets people with different mindsets and opinions than his. The book is written very delicately and mixes both the artist’s past, before World War II and the present world. Kazuo Ishiguro focuses on topics like differences of generations, memory and forgiveness. More

The Divine Wind. Japanese kamikaze during World War II

Authors: Inoguchi, Rikihei, Nakajima, Tadashi, Pineau Roger
Translated by: Venckevičius, Norbertas
Translated from: English
Published on: 2019

During World War II, Rikihei Inoguchi, Tadashi Nakajima and Roger Pineau fought on different sides of the barricades. However, after its end they were brought together by a special kamikaze, or otherwise, shimpu squad, formed by the Japanese army in 1944. The unprecedented tactics of modern warfare have caused both the world’s admiration for determined and dedicated pilots, and sadness for the many lives lost. In the book ’’The Divine Wind. Japanese kamikaze during World War II’’, commented on by American historian R. Pineau, and written by captains R. Inoguchi and T. Nakajima, who contributed to the formation of the kamikaze squad, share their memories. More

Killing Commendatore

Authors: Murakami, Haruki
Translated by: Enciūtė, Gabija
Translated from: Japanese
Published on: 2019

“Killing Commendatore” is another master-piece of Haruki Murakami which takes us to yet another surrealistic world and fantastically written characters. This time it is a novel about a thirty-six year old painter who after a sudden divorce with his wife decides to run away from his past and current job as a portrait painter. He moves to the house that belongs to his friend’s father, who happens to be a very famous Japanese Nihonga artist. We learn about the narrator’s daily life and constant struggles as an artist. More

Please Look after Mom

Authors: Shin Kyung-sook
Translated by: Šiaučiūnas-Kačinskas, Martynas
Translated from: Korean
Published on: 2019

“Please Look after Mom”- it is a novel that has won many awards and created a name for Shin Kyung-sook not only in her home country but also in the world. This novel portrays deep motherly love, however, it also conveys the message of how much do we actually know about our loved ones. The plot starts slow and creates this mysterious atmosphere as well as makes you feel thrilled about family secrets. More

The Little Book of Ikigai

Authors: Mogi, Ken (Kenchiro)
Translated by: Krištopaitienė, Daiva
Translated from: English
Published on: 2018

“The Little Book of Ikigai” is an easy book to read, which conveys exotic Japanese everyday life philosophy and a way to find your purpose- ikigai. In this book author talks about the main five principles of ikigai, which should help readers to understand the importance to this philosophy in Japanese culture and in people‘s lives in general. ‚Ikigai‘ is a Japanese word that means pleasures and the meaning of life. Using Japanese cultural examples, such as, sumo, kodawari, Japansese tea ceremony, etc., author easily conveys the message, meaning and explains every principle of ikigai. 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

Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki

Authors: Suzuki, Tadashi
Translated by: Savickienė, Kristina
Translated from: English
Published on: 2017

“Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki” is a book about both Western world and Japanese theatre base and traditions. Tadashi Suzuki, a director who analyzes different theatre genres and forms, compares traditional Japanese Noh and Kabuki theatre to Greek dramas, Chekhov’s works and modern dramaturgy. It is important to notice how the author is trying to portray the actual work and mindset of a director and natural acting. How directors work and interpret text and turn it into a play. More

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

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

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU
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