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The Architect’s Apprentice

Authors: Shafak, Elif
Translated by: Žalytė-Steiblienė, Danguolė
Translated from: English
Published on: 2017

Elif Shafak is titled as one of the most famous and prominent writers in Turkey. The author of the book “The Architect’s apprentice” explicitly and vividly describes various places, scents and people of Turkey and India. The book also mentions life experiences and hardships of the main characters. All of this helps to delve into the ages of 16th century’s Ottoman Empire. According to the author, the idea of ​​the book started developing quite spontaneously: whilst driving through More

The Golden Son

Authors: Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Translated by: Žalytė-Steiblienė, Danguolė
Translated from: English
Published on: 2016

Plot of the book takes place in nowadays India and tells the story about two juveniles. Anill and Leena, both born in little village in India, were best friends in their childhood years. Sadly, when they became teenagers they had been separated by their social differences and by different destinies which are planned for them. Anil is from one of the most families in his rural area, he has and opportunity to study in the United States and become a wealthy doctor. Later on he must inherit the … More

Six Suspects

Authors: Swarup, Vikas
Translated by: Rosenaitė, Ina
Translated from: English
Published on: 2016

The author, Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup is best known for his famous book and its  screening, which in 2009 won seven Oscars. However, after that followed the second book, which is just as attention worthy as the first one, the detective ,,Six Suspects“.

This book tells a story about the murder case of Vicky Rai and a search of a killer. Vicky Rai is the son of a corrupt 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

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

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

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

The Namesake

Authors: Lahiri, Jhumpa
Translated by: Banelytė, Antanina
Translated from: English
Published on: 2015