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The Museum of Innocence

Authors: Orhan Pamuk
Translated by: Pilkauskaitė, Justina
Translated from: Turkish
Published on: 2010

Notwithstanding the fact that the main character is engaged with a perfect girl, he falls in love with another one – Fusin. The family‘s luck which has been planned for a long time, the betrothal which has been held in the “Hilton“hotel together with the elite of Istanbul are destroyed. The man who had a perfect life becomes the loner collecting simple things which seem special for him because they were touched by the hand of the extraordinary woman. All this stuff is turned into the museum‘s exhibits telling about an everlasting love full of pain. More

The House of the Mosque

Authors: Kader Abdolah
Translated by: Mumėnaitė, Birutė
Translated from: Dutch
Published on: 2010

The story begins well in July 1969.The hereditary owners of the town’s congregational mosque occupy a large, old house. The best passage shows how the modernising autocracy of Shah Mohammed Reza – brutal, cynical, in a desperate hurry – all but overran even traditional Iranian towns in the first half of the 1970s. In the revolution of 1979, mosque house come painfully to grief. The Shah is losing his hold on power; the Ayatollah Khomeini incites rebellion from his exile in France; and one day the Ayatollah returns—the consequences of which will be felt in every corner of Mosque house. Ingenious, but complacent in their habits and religion, they are no match for the rough customers of the revolution. More

Dansu Dansu Dansu (Dance Dance Dance)

Authors: Haruki Murakami
Translated by: Jomantienė, Irena, Dyke, Milda
Published on: 2009

“Dance Dance Dance” is the sixth novel by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami first published in 1988.

The novel follows the surreal misadventures of an unnamed protagonist who makes a living as a commercial writer. The protagonist is compelled to return to the Dolphin Hotel, a seedy establishment where he once spent the night with a woman he loved, despite the fact he never even knew her real name. She has since disappeared without a trace, the Dolphin Hotel has been purchased by a large corporation and converted into a slick, fashionable, western-style hotel. More

Little Hut of Leaping Fishes

Authors: Chiew-Siah Tei
Translated by: Gudelytė, Kristina
Translated from: English
Published on: 2009

The end of XIX century, Plum Blossom village, China.Mingzhi, the oldest grandson of master Chai, has his all life planned ahead of him from the moment he was born – he is meant to become a mandarin. Since childhood the boy is immersed in Chinese traditional writing culture and philosophical studies, but the hunger for different kind of knowledge is not foreign to him, too. He is more than willing to study Confucianism, calligraphy and other arts. In the school Mingzhi is the best student. In addition he also wants to learn of the world that is behind the guarded walls of customs and traditions of Chinese culture boundaries. Pity, but the boy is forced to spend his childhood and adolescent years in a secluded world of his family, where his grandfather is regulating all the lives and matters while bumping his dragon staff. Maturing teenager starts to despise the rotten life of the mansion – instead of rice cultivating opium poppies, harsh and cruel behavior with the servants, around the mansion lurking shadows of treachery and insidiousness. More

After Dark

Authors: Haruki Murakami
Translated by: Susnytė, Ieva
Translated from: Japanese
Published on: 2009

The name of novel „After Dark“, written by a Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, was an allusion to an authors favourite jazz music piece “Five Spot After dark”, which leads characters through labyrinths of loneliness and roads of self-knowledge.

“After Dark” – it’s a short novel in which we can see the characters’ lives during the witching hours between midnight and dawn. The main characters are two sisters – Eri, who is going through an existence crisis and Mari, who is searching the meaning of life. Besides the two main characters there are also some others, who seem not to be related with two main girls at all: chubby motel manager and her maid, a Chinese prostitute which was savagely assaulted by a client, and a jazz musician who claims that he met Mari at some point in the past. Although it seems, that people, who have such different lives have no opportunity to meet one another in real life but the secrets that haunt them draw them together more powerfully than the different lives that might keep them apart. These secrets might either restore their lives or destroy them forever. More

No!No! Nursery school!

Authors: Rieko Nakagawa
Translated by: Ališauskas, Arvydas
Translated from: Japanese
Published on: 2009

“No! No! Nursery school!” it’s a storybook for children, which consists of seven short but instructive stories about the everyday life of children in kindergarten “Tulip”. In the kindergarten children are divided into two groups – “Star” and “Bell”. The first group is for the children who have a lot of time before attending school, while the second group is for the children who will soon go to elementary school. Little ones joke around; play with one another while facing childish every day troubles. We can feel the growing competition between these two groups. The main character of the story is the boy named Siger who belongs to a “Bell” Group. The childish curiosity leads the boy into a wide range of adventures, which are described in “No! No! Nursery school!”. The storybook consists of seven separate parts: “Kindergarten “Tulip” ”, “Whale Hunt”, “Tikotiana”, “Teddy Kogus”, “Wolf”, “Trip to the mountains”, and “No! No! Nursery school!“. More

Five Women Who Loved Love

Authors: Ihara Saikaku
Translated by: Jomantienė, Irena, Dyke, Milda
Translated from: English
Published on: 2009

Five women, five love stories. “Five Women Who Loved Love” is a book which follows five determined women lives who were so bold as to seek love and pleasure, in spite of social attitudes about such things. The five heroines are Onatsu, already wise in the ways of love by the age of sixteen; Osen, a faithful wife until unjustly accused of adultery; Osan, a Kyoto beauty who falls asleep in the wrong bed; Oshichi, willing to burn down a city to meet her samurai lover; and Oman, who has to compete with handsome boys to win her lover\’s affections. The heroines are not always admirable women, and their loves are not always beautiful, some of them are little more than aggressive pleasure seekers… More

Becoming Madame Mao

Authors: Anchee Min
Translated by: Banelytė, Antanina
Translated from: English
Published on: 2009

“Becoming Madame Mao” is psychological, historical novel published in 2001. In it writer tells a sad, exciting and tragic life story of second-rate actress who was abandoned by her parents and who swung from one romance to another when finally becomes a wife of Mao Dzedung. This is a story about women who betrayed and was betrayed by others and also about a women who all her life strived to fulfill her desire. In this novel, while writing by first or third person, character of heroine is revealed: ambitious, admirable and determined but at the same time vindictive, violent as well as jealous.  While carrying out Cultural Revolution and especially while wanting to become the head of China after death of her husband, women eliminated all her enemies who stood in her way extremely those who humiliated her before or did not let finish her “role”. Madame Mao, also called “White-boned demon”, all her life behaved as she was acting in a play, always on the stage. More

Nurtured by Love

Authors: Shinichi Suzuki
Translated by: Lipavičienė, Miglė
Translated from: English
Published on: 2009

\”What is man\’s ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love, truth, virtue, and beauty\”. “Nurtured by love” is Shinichi Suzuki’s autobiography. Musician, philosopher and educator’s essential teachings and Talent Education philosophy are laid out in this book. The writer tells various stories, which happened during the course of teaching children to play the violin: their first encounter with this instrument, teaching techniques, teacher, parents and children’s relationships.
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The Caliph’s house. A year in Casablanca

Authors: Tahir Shah
Translated by: Drazdauskienė, Rasa
Translated from: English
Published on: 2009

The book „The Caliph’s house. A year in Casablanca“ tells about the first Tahir Shah year in Casablanca. It is the largest city of Morocco, near the ocean, with wooden, crooked streets, with high walls which often hides the impressive ancient palaces. They are not very expensive, because Moroccans prefer modern apartments. More

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU
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