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Prisoner of Tehran: One Woman’s Story of Survival Inside a Torture Jail

Authors: Marina Nemat
Translated by: Groblytė, Jovita
Translated from: English
Published on: 2011

Autobiographical book tells the story of the writers Marina Nemat experience in famous Evin prison in Tehran. The major part of people\’s names in the book have been changed and the experiences of prisoners attributed to others. The author tried to restore all the dialogs as thoroughly as possible.

The story begins on January 15, 1982, when the author was just sixteen years old. Because of a resistance against the Islamic government, which was not proved, she was arrested and brought into the prison, where brutally tortured and luckily after avoiding the shooting was sentenced to life imprisonment. More

How to See Yourself as You Really Are

Authors: Jeffrey Hopkins, XIV Dalai Lama
Translated by: Sakalinskaitė, Ieva
Translated from: English
Published on: 2011

Buddhist psychology deals with how the human mind works. The Dalai Lama applies these insights and helps readers to manage those processes on the basis of their own experience. He affirms that people  distort their perception of the mind and the body, which induces the wrong opinion about themselves and the environment that surrounds them – what it truly is.

With an incorrect perception, man is constantly pulling himself into difficulties, but when he develops insights – he can free himself and him surrounding people from those difficulties.  With this book, His Holiness  aims to contribute global peace-building explaining Buddhist insights, as how to find the source of severe, negative feelings and to replace those feelings with insight and love. The book is for everyone; no matter what their religion is, nationality, etc. It is suitable for anyone who is looking for ways to develop the internal decisions, to educate  introspection. More

Change Your Life, Change the World

Authors: Okawa, Ryuho
Translated by: Šileikaitė, Živilė
Translated from: English
Published on: 2011

“Change Your Life Change the World” is a book for people full of spiritual advices, for people who wants to change their life. Famous Japanese spiritual teacher Ryuho Okawa proclaimed spiritual ideas of how a person should behave and feel in order to be happy. In the beginning of the book, he talks about the Great enlightenment. According to the writer, when enlightenment happened, he gained huge wisdom, important experience and understanding of the spiritual world.

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In the Name of Honor

Authors: Mukhtar Mai
Translated by: Karazijaitė, Jūratė
Translated from: French
Published on: 2011

”In the Name of Honor” is a true Pakistani woman Mukhtar Mai story that begins with a crime against humanity. When speculations that Mukhtar twelve junior brother had met a girl from another clan, in convened village court, they require compensation for damage to women\’s honour. Sacrifice for a crime: Mukhtar is condemned for group rape, for alleged brother’s crime, who eventually detected as false.

The sentence was executed! 2002 June 22, for desecrated 28-year-old woman is extremely difficult to recover, especially in an environment where women are stigmatized not only by offenders, but can be misunderstood by surrounding environment. Following the example of other women, raped and humiliated Mukhtar, it seems, there remained only one way out – suicide. However this woman\’s determination, courage and persistence, because of the fear to loose her live and for safety of loved ones, as well as blind faith in its own country and its justice made her speak. More

1Q84 book two

Authors: Haruki Murakami
Translated by: Susnytė, Ieva
Translated from: Japanese
Published on: 2011

In the second part of trilogy the theme of George Orwell’s novels’ ‘1984’ still remains. Have you ever felt that someone is watching you? The Big brother or rather the Little people? The trilogy includes themes such as death, religion, history, violence, family and love.

In the second book the destinies of characters intertwines more and more becoming more realistic and complicated. Every new page of book is accompanied by impatience. More

1Q84. Book 3

Authors: Haruki Murakami
Translated by: Susnytė, Ieva
Translated from: Japanese
Published on: 2011

“1Q84. Book 3” is the last book of the trilogy. It continues to tell the story of Tengo and Aomame and the reader finally gets the answer the the main “Q” – as in “question” – will the two main characters meet?

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In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams

Authors: Shah, Tahir
Translated by: Drazdauskienė, Rasa
Translated from: English
Published on: 2011

The book begins very vividly talking about his trip to Morocco, and the non-recognition of indigenous people as real Moroccans, who married a local woman. Were ready for the idea of ​​torture. This is a special word, who can express not only in some areas, construction and life in the beginning of a site that the writer continues, as we remember his life and learning to re-live in another culture. More

Whatever Happened to the Guy Stuck in the Elevator?

Authors: Kim Youngha
Translated by: Jinseok Seo
Translated from: Korean
Published on: 2002

“Whatever Happened to the Guy Stuck in the Elevator” describes a morning in which everything goes wrong for the story’s first person protagonist, a young, single, apartment- dwelling businessman. His razor breaks after he has shaved only half of his face, and he is forced to take the stairs down from his 15th floor apartment because the elevator is jammed. On the 5th floor he discovers a man stuck in the elevator and promises to get help. He finds no one at the security window, so he asks people waiting with him for the bus if he can use their cell phones to call 911. More

Geisha, a life

Authors: Mineko Iwasaki, Rande Brown
Translated by: Jakutienė, Dalė Virginija
Translated from: English
Published on: 2010

This book can be divided into two parts. The first part is about young girl who grew up in a house with her parents and other family  members. According to the author, years she spent with her family was the best ones in her life. Her family was big and she even didn‘t see some of her sisters because they were living in geisha house. It was like that because family had difficulties with money. Mineko saw how her brother died near their house but despite that it was the place where she felt the most happiest she ever was. Still at age of five she left her parent‘s house and never came back. More

Shadow Princess

Authors: Indu Sundaresan
Translated by: Žalytė, Danguolė
Translated from: English
Published on: 2010

Sundaresan (The Twentieth Wife ) returns to 17th-century India in this romantic fictionalization of the life of Jahanara, the oldest child of the empress Mumtaz Mahal, Shah Jahan’s cherished wife. Mumtaz dies in childbirth, leaving four sons, two teenage daughters and a newborn girl. The grief-stricken emperor seeks consolation in the construction of the Taj, the magnificent Luminous Tomb, while the profundity of his mourning exposes his fallibility to his sons, who begin eyeing his throne. Jahanara and her sister Roshanara choose to back different brothers, and they compete to rule in both the royal harem and their father’s heart. Before long, Jahanara is the one who succeeds as the emperor’s closest confidante, and he refuses to allow her to leave him to marry. More

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