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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?


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

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Authors: Khaled Hosseini
Translated by: Čeponis, Jonas
Translated from: English
Published on: 2010

”A Thousand Splendid Suns” is the book about two Afghanistan women‘s lives from childhood to adultery. Marjama is illegitimate daughter of a businessman. She and her mother live in a small house in poor conditions. The girl cannot even dream about education, beautiful future or better life in general. Leila, differently than Marjama, lives surrounded by the love of family. She studies and has dreams of the future. It seems that these two girls live in completely different worlds. The education and level of life is separated between them. It looks like the ways of them could never intersect, but the opposite occurs. The destiny has decided to bring them together and eventually they both become one and the same man’s wife. Marjama was forced to marry man she does not love. Leila lost her family during the war, so she hadn‘t other choice just to marry man who promised to take care of her. More

The Bastard of Istanbul

Authors: Elif Shafak
Translated by: Bielskytė, Eglė
Translated from: English
Published on: 2010

‘‘The Bastard of Istanbul‘‘ is a mysterious novel in which both past and present overlaps, a painful history of Turkish and Armenian people is being discussed. Also, roots of two different families mengle and secrets of those families finally turn out.
The begining of a book is quite tragical. A young turkish woman goes to see a doctor in order to end her pregnancy but things work out different, thus, change a lot. Further writer tells a story about teen girl who lives in Istanbul. Her name is Asya Kazanci and she is quite strange nihilist. Her life is tough because she lives with six aunties and somehow all men of their family pass away suddenly at early age. At the same time a portret of Armanoush Tchakhmakhchian is being developed. Armanoush is an Armenian origin American who lives in Arizona with her paranoid mother and Turk stepfather. Sometimes she travels to San Francisco to visit her father‘s family. Contrary to Asya, Armanoush enjoys life and wants to get to know as much as possible about her family roots, for this reason, one day she decides to come to Istanbul. More

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

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