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The Buddha in the Attic

Authors: Otsuka, Julie
Translated by: Ferdmanaitė, Emilija
Translated from: English
Published on: 2013

“The Buddha in the Attic“ – is a novel written by Japanese American author Julie Otsuka in 2011.  It is her second book where readers are introduced with Japanese people , who left their motherland after the war to overseas countries, life stories.  Life of Picture Braids is a main story in this book.  This term refers to the marriage practice in the early 20th century of immigrant workers in United States selecting brides from their homeland. Parents sells or gives away their young daughters believing that marrying a rich and handsome man introduced just from the picture, they will live a better life than in Japan. 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

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: Unknown
Translated by: Beinorius, Audrius
Translated from: Sanskrit
Published on: 2013, 2006

‘Upanišados’ is the book that contains ancient Indian texts, that talks how to know yourself through mystical understanding. This book talks about normal things like breathing, touching and seeing making them godlier. There are some legends how human became human and how to get out of reincarnation circle. All Upanisadic or parts of it are put in this book. Each different Upanisadic are put in sections. Before each Upanisadic there are opening remarks about what will be this Upanisadic about. … More

The Analects

Authors: Confucius
Translated by: Mažeikaitė, Zita
Translated from: German
Published on: 2013

“The Analects” by Confucius – intellectual work that holds examples of Chinese culture and nation worldview. They are put into philosophical reflection of life. The book is mainly focused on ideology of Confucius and its teaching. As shown at the introduction of the “The Analects”, \” <…> orientation on human senses, the importance of ritual significance, purpose pursuit, the importance of collective responsibility, <…>\” and the other Confucian philosophy principles that had a huge influence in China achievements and development of East Asian countries. More

Joseph Anton: A Memoir

Authors: Rushdie, Salman
Translated by: Šorys, Albinas
Translated from: English
Published on: 2013

This is a book of memoirs, which tells about the period when a writer Salman Rushdie was threatened to death (it is called fatwa) by the political leader of Iran because of his book „The Satanic Verses“,  which was accused of being against Islam, the Prophet and the Quran. Joseph Anton was the writer‘s pseudonym during his hiding period, which was created by making combination from his favourite authors’ Chekhov and Cornado names. In the first chapter of this book S.Rushdie briefly but More

The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment

Authors: Tsongkhapa, Je
Translated by: Kugevičius, Algirdas
Translated from: Tibetan
Published on: 2013

Je Tsongkhapa (1357 – 1419) – famous buddhism teacher, in today’s Tibetan dominating virtous traditions founder (gelug), whose authority was acknowledged by another three Tibetan’s buddhism stream: Njingma, Sakja and Kagju. Tibetologists also call him buddhism reformer. During his lifetime he collected a lot of knowledge and experience, he even did miracles. Honorable Tsongkhapa had over forty teachers and left around two hundreds fifty students. The book „The … More

The Valley of Magicians

Authors: Mehdi Abdullayev, Kamal
Translated by: Lapinskienė, Lionė
Translated from: Russian
Published on: 2013

“The valley of magicians” – is the intellectual story about the inner feelings of people, their relationships between each other which cause moral dilemmas and helps to reveal the true values ​​of life. In this novel, real and spiritual worlds are constantly colliding, showing big differences and mismatches between each other. This volume tells the story about Karavanbashi – a steady traveler, who is torn apart by internal suffering and his desire to get to the valley, in order to find a magician and bring him to the city. Karavanbashi who is leading the caravan towards the home asked his faithful follower Khaja Ibrahim ago to go to the valley of magicians which is shrouded in mystery and is located in the foothills of the invisible mountain. More

The God Of Small Things

Authors: Roy, Arundhati
Translated by: Žalytė, Danguolė
Translated from: English
Published on: 2013

Arundhati Roy‘s romance „The God Of Small Things“ – colorful, dynamic and passionate dance of life. Its precious moment of dazzling, burning afternoon in Kerala was secretly caught in writer‘s mind and imprisoned in book sheets. The story intertwines everything: life and its insidious partner death, careless laughter of children and mumbling, unsatisfied elders, castes of intouchables and touchables. The professor of KTU claims that ‚India is an area where people face similar … More

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

Authors: Suzuki, Shunryu
Translated by: Vitkūnas, Jonas, Rondomanskis, Andrius
Translated from: English
Published on: 2013

“Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” is a book in which Zen teacher Shunryu Suzuki reveals Zen simply and shows that it’s enough to have the mindset of a beginner to get to know Zen. In this book written informal teacher’s conversations with students will help to better understand true Zen life as well as encourage reader himself try to achieve his Zen mind.

Shunryu Suzuki (1905-1971) is a tradition successor of famous XIII century Zen Teacher Dogen. More

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