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After the Quake

Authors: Murakami, Haruki
Translated by: Jurgita Polonskaitė
Translated from: Japanese
Published on: 2013

In 1995 Japan suffered two huge disasters. On January 17 the Great Hanshin earthquake, also known as the Kobe, hit Japan. The earthquake was put in the Guinness Book of World Records, as the “costliest natural disaster to befall any one country”. During it 6434 people died. On March 20, toxic nerve gas was released  in the Tokyo subway system, killing 13 and injuring thousands of people. These catastrophes shocked not only the public life of the country but also left a deep scar in the subconsciousness of Land of the Rising Sun‘s residents. It touched even those who were far away from where the events took place. More

Timbuctoo

Authors: Shah, Tahir
Translated by: Drazdauskienė, Rasa
Translated from: English
Published on: 2012

Story begins when Royal African Committee decides to finance an expedition to Africa’s heart, the city made out of gold – Timbuctoo. People are motivated to make investments by saying not to give it to French who already sent an expedition out and assuring them that the expedition will pay off and be very successful. The goal of this expedition is to show the world, that even though England lost its colonies in America, their crown is still strong and unbeaten. Of course, when a young and famished American shows on the streets of London, the Royal African Committee is not very happy. American is saying that he visited the king of Timbuctoo and didn’t see any gold. More

Fourty Rules of Love

Authors: Shafak, Elif
Translated by: Drazdauskienė, Rasa
Translated from: English
Published on: 2012

Ella lives typically: kids, husband, housekeeping, but she feels alone and misunderstood, so she decides to get a job in a literature agency. Her first task is to write a review of novel “Sweet blasphemy”. Reading this book Ella feels strange – values of this book are totally different from hers but the book still comforts her. She starts writing letters to the author and this is how their love story begins. This friendship shows to Ella the power of love in which she never believed before. At the same time the plot of “Sweet blasphemy” is told. The whirling dervish Shams of Tabriz and mystic Rumi are both willing to find their soul mates. More

My Name Is Red

Authors: Pamuk, Orhan
Translated by: Pilkauskaitė-Kariniauskienė, Justina
Translated from: Turkish
Published on: 2012

Later in the book, more unusual characters appear. Some of them being a dog, coin, demon or even the color red. All of the characters address the reader as if he belongs to their world, making him feel like he is a part of the story.

At first sight it might look like stories don’t share anything in common, as if it’s just different tales told one after another. However as you continue reading, the stories starts merging into one big picture, which shows you not just a mysterious crime fiction but also a love story. Because the color red isn’t all about blood. It’s about love, too. More

Peach Blossom Pavilion

Authors: Mingmei Yip
Translated by: Vytautas Petrukaitis
Translated from: English
Published on: 2012

“Peach Blossom Pavilion” is a novel about a Chinese girl who unexpectedly lost her both parents. The only chance to survive is to lean on her deceivingly looking aunt and her husband. The story starts when the heroine’s, Siang Siang, father is falsely accused of a crime he didn’t commit and executed without any mercy. For the rest of the family such a dishonor was worse than any kind of death penalty. After this incident, mother of the family is banished to a Buddhist nunnery, while the only child Siang Siang with the unbidden help of her aunt without even realizing it starts living in an elite house of prostitution. More

K: the Art of Love

Authors: Hong Ying
Translated by: Vaskelaitė, Ramunė
Translated from: English
Published on: 2012

“K: the art of love” is a romantic and a bit sad novel about love between married Chinese woman and young Englishman. Julian Bell – young intellectual comes to china to teach English. He collects women: for every lover he gives a letter from the alphabet. In China Julian meets Lin Cheng – dean’s Cheng wife. Lin becomes the lover of a young Englishman and he notes her as letter K, but this time it’s not just a letter or one-time adventure – it’s love. It seems all very nice, love links these two people, but life is not as easy as one would like. Lin is married and Julian perhaps realizes too late that love should be cherished. Even when he loves Lin so much, he looks to her and all Chinese people like a racist. More

Užupis Republic

Authors: Hailji (Rim Jong Joo)
Translated by: Šiaučiūnas-Kačinskas, Martynas
Translated from: Korean
Published on: 2012

Hailji Užupis Republic, it is a novel about Korean Hal, who came to an  uknown country determined to do everything to find the Republic of Užupis. At the beginning Hal comes to the Vilnius airport where he notices a beautiful young  blonde girl – Jorgita. The trip begins by coming to Užupis hotel, where the Korean is greeted by friendly Lithuanian people.As the most important thing to Hal is to find the Užupis Republic, the guy is attempted to ask everyone what they know about it.  More

Song of the Silk Road

Authors: Mingmei Yip
Translated by: Liutkutė, Jovita
Translated from: English
Published on: 2012

,,The Silk Road song”– an impressive, and involving novel about spiritual exoticism, and secrets and human searches. This novel tells the story of this still being a little girl and while she was in Hong Kong, Lily Lin were admired by the desert, and more specifically the desert pictures. Boundless, bottomless eyes away and traveling dunes. Now, while living in New York City, working in a coffee shop and in an attempt to complete the opening of the novel, the University still attracts an unexpected windfall resulting from the proposal from her aunts. Aunt of which Lily never anything was neither heard or had known, declares niece will pay a huge amount of knowledge not just for yourself, but if Lily will agree to travel through China threatening Takla Makan desert and along the way to perform some difficult tasks. Curiosity and desire to get money, Lily agrees. More

The Simple Art of Sumi-E: Mastering Japanese Ink Painting

Authors: Takumasa Ono
Translated by: Tilindytė, Lina
Translated from: English
Published on: 2012

Born in Tokyo in 1959 Takumasa Ono is a full time artist. Who has travelled to various regions of Japan and in support of enviromental protection activities, painted the nature of Japan, that he hopes will be left untouched. He also vigorously works to introduce traditional Japanese culture to foreign countries.

Author‘s book is a very detailed introduction to the japanese traditional brush painting – More

Five-Colored Deer: Japanese Folk Tales

Translated by: Kugevičiūtė, Dagija
Translated from: Japanese
Published on: 2012

„Five-Coloured Deer: Japanese Folk Tales“ – a set of 35 Japanese tales, translated by Dagija Kugevičiūtė in 2012. She was still a student at the University of Newcastle, UK, at the time. It is often said that folk tales is a great way to spark the interest in the culture of a certain country, especially if the said country is as exotic as Japan.

The characters if these tales perfectly demonstrate the importance of honesty and hard work, while those greedy, lazy or More

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU
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