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The Autist and the Carrier-pigeon

Authors: Rodaan Al Galidi
Translated by: Avižienė, Birutė
Translated from: Dutch
Published on: 2015

The events in this novel surround a boy who is diagnosed with autism. The book is not difficult to read, it is simply presented by the author, creating a nice flow of an everyday life. It is easy to emphasize with the story because of the short chapters. Although, if we focus on the main protagonist’s inner world, we might misunderstand him, but plenty of other characters help the reader to feel him better.

The novel from the very beginning starts with a different protagonist Geert life story. The boy was born in an unusual way and once he got older, his unmarried mother Janine realized how different he is from other kids.

Geert spent most of his time in the antique store where his mother worked as a seller. It was a special place for Geert, where he could stop over-thinking and calm his genius mind. His curiosity brought him to the store every night wanting to explore all the different devices, instruments and the luminous and melodic machine world. The store had not only devices but also various post cards, shoes, clothes, teapots, citrus juicers – everything that their past owners did not need any longer and Geert was there to befriend every single one of them. More

Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

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

The novel reveals about the era of oddities that started in the twelfth century. At the exiled philosopher Ibn Rushd’s doorstep appears jinn princess Dunia. She falls in love with the mortal philosopher and starts having his children, one after another. They all have a specific feature – they are born without earlobes. Many years pass since then. A crack appears in the universe during a storm in New York, letting in the destructive jinns that follow another twelfth century’s philosopher More

Qigun

Authors: Wong Kiew Kit
Translated by: Kuzas, Rimvydas
Translated from: English
Published on: 2015

“Qigun” – it is Wong Kiew Kit book about vital energy, how to improve health, develop internal power and train your mind. Energy in Chinese language is called chi. Chi – is energy, which allows us to walk, to speak, to work, to imagine and a lot of other actions. Of course, we get chi from air or food, not only from cigun practice, but with practice we can get more energy. Cigun is experimental, not only intellectual discipline. It is not enough to read and understand what is cigun, but if … More

Taj. A Story of Mughal India

Authors: Murari, Timeri N.
Translated by: Žalytė-Steiblienė, Danguolė
Translated from: English
Published on: 2015

The first time they meet is in the palace, during Meena Bazaar (a market held for fun in the Great Mughal’s palace during New Year’s festival). They fell in love the moment their eyes met, but they couldn’t be together just yet. 5 years passed from the day they first met to their wedding day. Although they’d only met a few times during those years, their love has never faded away. When they could finally be together, their love only grew bigger. More

Men without Women

Authors: Haruki Murakami
Translated by: Čepulionytė, Gabija
Translated from: Japanese
Published on: 2015

Haruki Murakami is a japanese writer, born in 1949 on January 12th. He was raised in Kiyoto but currently lives in Tokyo. According to the majority H.Murakami is contraversial and has a Western outlook. In his homeland he is criticized for abandoning the typical style and some of the Western countries believe that he is being toady towards them. Disregarding that, no one can deny that Haruki Murakami is one of the greatest writers that are still alive and his work is constanly in the bestseller list. One of his most recent books “Men without women” is a six-story collection which is about men that are parted from or left by their women. Protagonists suffer from loss in every single novelle. More

The Reason I Jump: One Boy’s Voice from the Silence of Autism

Authors: Higashida, Naoki
Translated by: Naujokaitytė, Eglė
Translated from: English
Published on: 2015

Naoki Higashida- a thirteen year old boy with autism, the author of this book.

This book reminds more of an interview than an actual book you would pick up to read. Written in a very interesting style Naoki Higashida helps an average human to understand autism and life with it. It is a great way to get to know more about this development disorder not only for the parents of autistic children but also to everyone who is not familiar or well versed at the subject. In this modern world psychological disorders are often stigmatized and not talked about in the positive light. Therefore, it creates a lot of stereotypes and myths about people who have it. This book helps to educate yourself on the topic of autism and fight those created stereotypes. The young author, even though, he cannot communicate using words or writing, has created a way to connect with people and show that autism does not stop you from socializing. It is very interesting to read a book from such a young author and see the way he sees the world, people and how he experiences everyday things. More

The Intelligence Paradox: Why the Intelligent Choice Isn’t Always the Smart One

Authors: Kanazawa, Satoshi
Translated by: Norkūnienė, Nida
Translated from: English
Published on: 2015

This popular psychology book helps to understand the definition of intellect and its meaning in bigger cultural context and helps to distinguish intellect from self-value. According to the book’s author Satoshi Kanazawa it is not correct to put individual’s self-value and efficiency with his work results and author proves it with scientific researches and easily understandable examples from every day life. That is why this book is easily understandable to people who might not be very familiar with psychology or science. However, it is a good piece to read if you want to learn more and get to know interesting facts about intellect and how brain works. More

Travels With Myself

Authors: Shah, Tahir
Translated by: Drazdauskaitė, Rasa
Translated from: English
Published on: 2015

“Travels With Myself“ –  the book, which contains the most wonderful and colorful travel stories, written over almost twenty years:  impressions from Asia, Africa, Latin America and many other parts of the world, jungle, desert, small towns and mega-cities. Stories in this book are like stones collected on the beach. They are various forms, placed in random order and  written in different style, brought back from all over the world.

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Oriental Way of Recovery

Authors: Ishihara Yumi
Translated by: Palmira, Martinkienė
Translated from: Russian
Published on: 2015

“Oriental way to recovery” – is a book, the title of which we can understand that there will be talking about the Eastern way of life. But the Journal mostly highlights medicine – the use of drugs, diet, various exercises, even the oriental philosophy. All of this author defines as “a way to live.” The question remains: „why is it oriental?“. Ishihara Yumi’s book attempts to reveal the differences between oriental medicine from the West, what people can change in order to achieve such More

The Book of Tea

Authors: Kakuzō Okakura
Translated by: Juras, Tadas
Translated from: English
Published on: 2015

Kakuzō Okakura(February 14, 1862 – September 2, 1913) was a Japanese-born art historian and critic, most widely known for his great contributions in solidifying Japanese art and history in the Western society. In his long essay “The Book of Tea” he writes about the ritual of drinking tea as well as the Japanese tea ceremony, its’ history, development and influence in both Western and Eastern worlds. In the book he also coins the term “Teaism”- a sort of philosophy of tea, which is … More

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