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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-up. The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising

Authors: Marie Kondo
Translated by: Černiauskaitė, Lina
Translated from: English
Published on: 2016

Marie Kondo is an organisational consultant and author. Ever since she was little Marie was interested in categorising and organising things. Now she consults people and organizations in how to adequately tidy up a work place or home and then how to keep it that way. “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-up” is the collected knowledge and experience of the author and is filled with practical advice and new perspectives.

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Kamikaze submarine

Authors: Joseph D. Harrington, Yutaka Yokota
Translated by: Stanaitytė-Karsokienė, Aušra
Translated from: English
Published on: 2016

Yutaka Yokota (born in 1926) – is someone who survived incredible Japanese imperial navy experiment which is turning people into live torpedoes. ,,Kamikaze submarine” is about a historical witness Yutaka Yokota who became a Kaiten pilot. Kaiten is a torpedo, which is piloted by a live person so every kaiten pilot came in peace with the idea of dying. This book is about kaiten pilots everyday life, their preparations  and wish to give up their lives for Japan.

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Royal tiger fur cape

Translated by: Bylienė, Regina
Translated from: (Lietuvių) kinų
Published on: 2016

„Royal tiger fur cape“ is an old Chinese folktale which was written by Jian Ling Ling and Wang Jing Yang. Regina Bylienė translated it to Lithuanian. The book is written in two languages, Chinese – Lithuanian and because of that it is a great language learning tool. Also the drawings are worth my mention. Unfortunately, the book is not available in English yet.

Plot of the story is quite simple and the Chinese folk is everywhere. There was a poor family and mother gave a birth to a kid who grew up bigger than his father in half a day. The kid, who was named Kunan understood that his family won‘t be able to take care of him, so he decided to leave home. Kunan met khan and he gave kid a quest – to bring back him a dead royal tiger. Khan was obsessed with the idea of having a cape made of royal tiger fur. More

Japanese Tea Ceremony for Beginners

Authors: Tanaka, Senyū
Translated by: Barancovaitė-Skindaravičienė, Kristina
Translated from: Japanese
Published on: 2016

In this book you will find easy to follow The Japanese tea ceremony also called the Way of Tea , which you can perform both at home and in a special place called the Tea room. Clearly written links to every move will help you easily understand tea ceremony’s meaning, artistic value and make your meeting with friends different.

In the first chapter of this book, you will be introduced to the Way of Tea and main used dishes, later on you will be able to learn about etiquette and secrets of this ceremony. So first of all, when you will start this book you will be introduced to The Japnanese tea ceremony and just then, when later in the book you will start to learn about the real Way of Tea. More

The Flea Palace

Authors: Shafk, Elif
Translated by: Pulokas Gediminas
Translated from: English
Published on: 2016

“The Flea Palace” is a comical novel about the daily lives of neighbors in an apartment complex.

The Bonbon Palace is an apartment building built on a burial ground in the centre of Istanbul. Ten different families and their stories are hidden inside the Bonbon palace. Some of the main figures of the story are twins hairstylists, Madam Auntie, a student Saidar and his dog named Gaba, grandpa Haji Haji and his relatives, as well as a nameless teller of the story which not only reveals his personal story but also talks about the details of his neighbors’ lives. The author of the More

The Satanic Verses

Authors: Salman Rushdie
Translated by: Žalytė, Danguolė
Translated from: English
Published on: 2015, 2002

Sensational novel, closing the Indian Muslim community, for the desecration of Islamic, Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran published a fatwa – a death sentence to the writer on the radio – this is what you can see in the Google search box after entering “Satanic Verses”. After reading this kind of article curiosity overcomes, the reader grabs the novel not even making a glance at the back of the book to check the description, they read the first page the ruminative gaze begins, after twenty pages they get to hundred trying to understand what his fantasy had to generate, but no understanding comes to mind, but this sense coms not in vain. This happens due to a simple reason, the person reading this novel perhaps is the westerner (you may ask, why westerner? Because in Islamic world this book is prohibited), many things he does not understand is because he has shortfall of information, because everything in the novel has a religious context, starting from the Islamic religion and ending with Veda teaching. When reading this kind of a book one should find put more about great religions, because it is a major “spice” – a religious context. More

The Valley of Amazement

Authors: Amy Tan
Translated by: Aušra Karsokienė
Translated from: English
Published on: 2015

Spanning fifty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement is a tale of three women, connected by personal rebellion, betrayal, and a mysterious painting called “The Valley of Amazement.” The story opens in 1905, in a first-class courtesan house in Shanghai, Hidden Jade Path, run by Lucia, a willful and wild American woman who was once herself the proprietress of Shanghai’s most exclusive courtesan house, nurses her own secret wounds, which she first sustained when, as a teenager, she fell in love with a Chinese painter and followed him from San Francisco to Shanghai.Her search for penance and redemption will bring her to a startling reunion with Flora, Violet\’s daughter, and will shatter all that Violet believed she knew about her mother. More

The Lake

Authors: Banana Yoshimoto
Translated by: Baronina, Indrė
Translated from: Japanese
Published on: 2015

Banana Yoshimoto (born 1964) is a Japanese author, best known for her debut novel “Kitchen”. Her writing often deals with young people striving to survive in the modern world and trying not to lose themselves after going through painful or even traumatic experiences. However, the dark subject material does not overshadow warm and somewhat joyful tone of Yoshimoto’s stories, a feature that gives quite an interesting atmosphere to her works.

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A Fine Balance

Authors: Rohinton Mistry
Translated by: Žalytė, Danguolė
Translated from: English
Published on: 2015

Mumbai India 1975, a country declared a State of Emergency. A country surrounded by such circumstances lead four different peoples destinies to collide. A middle aged widow , two tailors and a student from Himalayas. All of them have experienced cruelty and injustice of this world, however by trying to create brighter and independent future for themselves, they all ended up under one roof of a small flat. This coincidence  became the biggest happiness for all four souls, however  the fate … More

The Wren

Authors: Reşat Nuri Güntekin
Translated by: Kobeckaitė, Halina
Translated from: (Lietuvių) turkų
Published on: 2015, 2009

“The Wren” is a novel about a young girl Feride living in the early twentieth century Turkey. She gets the nickname “The Wren” for her vivacity and mischief. When she grows up she falls in love with Kamran- intelligent and responsible boy. But unfortunately she finds out that he has cheated on her and Feride decides to run away from home. She goes to a small village where she teaches children. In the village she experiences what is poverty and misery. Feride tries to help her students, even decides to adopt a little girl. When Feride finally feels happy she is unexpectedly sent to a different place due to bad intentions around her. Later she has to move from town to town several times again. More

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU
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