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The Autist and the Carrier-pigeon

Authors: Al Galidi, Rodaan
Translated by: Avižienė, Birutė
Translated from: Dutch
Published on: 2015

The events in this novel surround a boy who is diagnosed with autism. The book is not difficult to read, it is simply presented by the author, creating a nice flow of an everyday life. It is easy to emphasize with the story because of the short chapters. Although, if we focus on the main protagonist’s inner world, we might misunderstand him, but plenty of other characters help the reader to feel him better.

The novel from the very beginning starts with a different protagonist Geert life story. The boy was born in an unusual way and once he got older, his unmarried mother Janine realized how different he is from other kids.

Geert spent most of his time in the antique store where his mother worked as a seller. It was a special place for Geert, where he could stop over-thinking and calm his genius mind. His curiosity brought him to the store every night wanting to explore all the different devices, instruments and the luminous and melodic machine world. The store had not only devices but also various post cards, shoes, clothes, teapots, citrus juicers – everything that their past owners did not need any longer and Geert was there to befriend every single one of them. More

The Wren

Authors: Güntekin, Reşat Nuri
Translated by: Kobeckaitė, Halina
Translated from: (Lietuvių) turkų
Published on: 2015, 2009

“The Wren” is a novel about a young girl Feride living in the early twentieth century Turkey. She gets the nickname “The Wren” for her vivacity and mischief. When she grows up she falls in love with Kamran- intelligent and responsible boy. But unfortunately she finds out that he has cheated on her and Feride decides to run away from home. She goes to a small village where she teaches children. In the village she experiences what is poverty and misery. Feride tries to help her students, even decides to adopt a little girl. When Feride finally feels happy she is unexpectedly sent to a different place due to bad intentions around her. Later she has to move from town to town several times again. More

Travels With Myself

Authors: Shah, Tahir
Translated by: Drazdauskaitė, Rasa
Translated from: English
Published on: 2015

“Travels With Myself“ –  the book, which contains the most wonderful and colorful travel stories, written over almost twenty years:  impressions from Asia, Africa, Latin America and many other parts of the world, jungle, desert, small towns and mega-cities. Stories in this book are like stones collected on the beach. They are various forms, placed in random order and  written in different style, brought back from all over the world.



Authors: Pamuk, Orhan
Translated by: Pilkauskaitė-Kariniauskienė, Justina
Translated from: Turkish
Published on: 2014

The epicenter of this novel is three-day period incidents of small town Kars in Turkey which is cut off from the world of unremitting snow and military coup. The poet Ka after 12 years in political exile in Frankfurt comes there to  write an article about the municipal elections and investigate a succesion of suicides by young woman in the city. In this book we can seperate two stories that share widely all the accidents, main character feelings. Beside this book has got a lot of secrets and … More

I am Malala

Authors: Lamb, Christina, Yousafzai, Malala
Translated by: Virbickienė, Gabrielė
Translated from: English
Published on: 2014

“I am Malala” is a book about young brave girl Malala Yousafzai, who fights with women discrimination in Pakistan and all around the world. When Taliban took control of the Swat Valley one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. More

Tehran at twillight

Authors: Abdoh, Salar
Translated by: Šarkovas, Vitalijus
Translated from: English
Published on: 2014

“Tehran at twillight“ is a book about finding one’s place in complicated circumstances, difficult or sometimes impossible adaptation to a changed situation and trying to start a new life in a foreign and very different country. The book presents an unpolished, uneasy, dangerous, full of corruption and a hidden criminal world story of the mysterious Iran, and how it has affected the current situation of the country’s people. The characters of the book must constantly make decisions – about their values, about the sake of sacrifice in the name of friendship, about security, and often their decisions in this environment determine their fate. More

And the Mountains Echoed

Authors: Hosseini, Khaled
Translated by: Čeponis, Jonas
Translated from: English
Published on: 2013

Khaled Hosseini is Afghan-born American well-known novelist who created a lot of novels in which the most famous are “The Kite Runner”, “A Thousand Splendid Suns” and also “And the Mountains Echoed”. “A Thousand Splendid Suns” and “And the Mountains Echoed” are novels which explore Afghanistan culture and history. However, the And the Mountains Echoed is the most emotional and attractive one. This creation is like a long journey through people‘s personal experiences, losses, dramas. Although the goal of this journey is not truly visible, but it is perceptible: it is important to understand any decision‘s meaning, to understand that this kind of action is important not only for you, but also for others despite of being thousand miles away and to understand that any decision can influence others generations too. More

The Blood of Flowers

Authors: Amirrezvani, Anita
Translated by: Judelevičius, Leonas
Translated from: English
Published on: 2013

Anita Amirrezvani novel „The Blood of Flowers“ moves us to the XVII century of Persia. Young woman wants to marry and create a beautiful family. Suddenly, her beloved father died and left her without a dowry. The poverty impels them to leave loved house in hometown and go to find luck in the home of her uncle. Her uncle saw that this girl has a wonderful talent to cord the carpet. Although a girl has to accept temporary wedding contract with  means absoliute humiliation. But this fact doesn‘t prevent girl to create amazing ornaments. More

Equal of the Sun

Authors: Amirezvani, Anna
Translated by: Lapinskienė, Aušra
Translated from: English
Published on: 2013

“Equal of the Sun”- is an intriguing story about power, loyalty and love of the sixteenth century in Iranian royal mansion. The story is about a strong woman in masculine Muslim world. Princess Pari is are strong, clever woman whose courage had no bounds. The story narrated by eunuch Dzavaher. He came to serve in the castle because he wanted to recover his father’s honorable name. His father was accused of Shah treason and was murdered.

When princess father suddenly died, there was confusion in the palace because the Shah left no heir. Pari was his first adviser with the knowledge of the Castle policy. She, also, knew everything what the shah knew. However, in that historical period, women could not manage, they could be only an adviser or wife. Parry helps to get the throne to her older brother, who was closed for a half of his life in prison by the order of her father. She hoped that her brother Ismail would appreciate her effort and publish Pari on his adviser, but crowned Ismail refused any help from Pari and forbade her to intervene in the castle policy. More


Authors: Khayyam, Omar
Translated by: Broga, Linas
Translated from: Russian
Published on: 2013

One of the most known works of Omar Khayyam is ‘Rubaiyat‘, where author analyzes life difficulties such as the problem of human existence, self-realization and it also tells about absurdity of our actions in daily life. Khayyam is a wise teacher who uses a lot of metaphors to stress that tangible things as well as life are temporary. According to him, we can feel happiness and gladness, when we are treasuring and enjoying every minute. Although in this work we can see tensity and disappointment, author with criticism and humour expresses particular situation. The main aspects of the ‘Rubaiyat‘ are wine and love for woman. More

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