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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

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-up. The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising

Authors: Marie Kondo
Translated by: Černiauskaitė, Lina
Translated from: English
Published on: 2016

Marie Kondo is an organisational consultant and author. Ever since she was little Marie was interested in categorising and organising things. Now she consults people and organizations in how to adequately tidy up a work place or home and then how to keep it that way. “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-up” is the collected knowledge and experience of the author and is filled with practical advice and new perspectives.


Kamikaze submarine

Authors: Joseph D. Harrington, Yutaka Yokota
Translated by: Stanaitytė-Karsokienė, Aušra
Translated from: English
Published on: 2016

Yutaka Yokota (born in 1926) – is someone who survived incredible Japanese imperial navy experiment which is turning people into live torpedoes. ,,Kamikaze submarine” is about a historical witness Yutaka Yokota who became a Kaiten pilot. Kaiten is a torpedo, which is piloted by a live person so every kaiten pilot came in peace with the idea of dying. This book is about kaiten pilots everyday life, their preparations  and wish to give up their lives for Japan.


Royal tiger fur cape

Translated by: Bylienė, Regina
Translated from: (Lietuvių) kinų
Published on: 2016

„Royal tiger fur cape“ is an old Chinese folktale which was written by Jian Ling Ling and Wang Jing Yang. Regina Bylienė translated it to Lithuanian. The book is written in two languages, Chinese – Lithuanian and because of that it is a great language learning tool. Also the drawings are worth my mention. Unfortunately, the book is not available in English yet.

Plot of the story is quite simple and the Chinese folk is everywhere. There was a poor family and mother gave a birth to a kid who grew up bigger than his father in half a day. The kid, who was named Kunan understood that his family won‘t be able to take care of him, so he decided to leave home. Kunan met khan and he gave kid a quest – to bring back him a dead royal tiger. Khan was obsessed with the idea of having a cape made of royal tiger fur. More

Japanese Tea Ceremony for Beginners

Authors: Tanaka, Senyū
Translated by: Barancovaitė-Skindaravičienė, Kristina
Translated from: Japanese
Published on: 2016

In this book you will find easy to follow The Japanese tea ceremony also called the Way of Tea , which you can perform both at home and in a special place called the Tea room. Clearly written links to every move will help you easily understand tea ceremony’s meaning, artistic value and make your meeting with friends different.

In the first chapter of this book, you will be introduced to the Way of Tea and main used dishes, later on you will be able to learn about etiquette and secrets of this ceremony. So first of all, when you will start this book you will be introduced to The Japnanese tea ceremony and just then, when later in the book you will start to learn about the real Way of Tea. More

The Satanic Verses

Authors: Salman Rushdie
Translated by: Žalytė, Danguolė
Translated from: English
Published on: 2015, 2002

Sensational novel, closing the Indian Muslim community, for the desecration of Islamic, Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran published a fatwa – a death sentence to the writer on the radio – this is what you can see in the Google search box after entering “Satanic Verses”. After reading this kind of article curiosity overcomes, the reader grabs the novel not even making a glance at the back of the book to check the description, they read the first page the ruminative gaze begins, after twenty pages they get to hundred trying to understand what his fantasy had to generate, but no understanding comes to mind, but this sense coms not in vain. This happens due to a simple reason, the person reading this novel perhaps is the westerner (you may ask, why westerner? Because in Islamic world this book is prohibited), many things he does not understand is because he has shortfall of information, because everything in the novel has a religious context, starting from the Islamic religion and ending with Veda teaching. When reading this kind of a book one should find put more about great religions, because it is a major “spice” – a religious context. More

The Valley of Amazement

Authors: Amy Tan
Translated by: Aušra Karsokienė
Translated from: English
Published on: 2015

Spanning fifty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement is a tale of three women, connected by personal rebellion, betrayal, and a mysterious painting called “The Valley of Amazement.” The story opens in 1905, in a first-class courtesan house in Shanghai, Hidden Jade Path, run by Lucia, a willful and wild American woman who was once herself the proprietress of Shanghai’s most exclusive courtesan house, nurses her own secret wounds, which she first sustained when, as a teenager, she fell in love with a Chinese painter and followed him from San Francisco to Shanghai.Her search for penance and redemption will bring her to a startling reunion with Flora, Violet\’s daughter, and will shatter all that Violet believed she knew about her mother. More

The Lake

Authors: Banana Yoshimoto
Translated by: Baronina, Indrė
Translated from: Japanese
Published on: 2015

Banana Yoshimoto (born 1964) is a Japanese author, best known for her debut novel “Kitchen”. Her writing often deals with young people striving to survive in the modern world and trying not to lose themselves after going through painful or even traumatic experiences. However, the dark subject material does not overshadow warm and somewhat joyful tone of Yoshimoto’s stories, a feature that gives quite an interesting atmosphere to her works.


Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU