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The housekeeper and the professor

Authors: Ogawa, Yoko
Translated by: Enciūtė, Gabija
Translated from: Japanese
Published on: 2020

“The housekeeper and the professor” is a Japanese author‘s Yoko Ogawa book about friendship which could be seen as impossible from a first glance. This story draws the reader in with its heart-warming storyline, lovable characters and uncomplicated, but interesting storyline. Also, it reveals the beauty and magic of the science of mathematics.

The novel tells a story about a housekeeper, her ten-year old son and a professor who used to be a math professor. The housekeeper has received an offer to work at the professor‘s house. When she was hired, the agency of housekeepers noted her that this client is different from others. The nine housekeepers that used to work there have More

The Only Child

Authors: Seo, Mi-Ae
Translated by: Šiaučiūnas-Kačinskas, Martynas
Translated from: Korean
Published on: 2020

Author‘s Seo Mi-Ae thriller “The only child” tells a story full of tension, which makes readers rethink if they really know the people surrounding them as well as they thought.

The main character Seonkyeong is a specialist of criminal psychology. This woman runs into the most dangerous criminals of South Korea on a daily basis and tries to investigate what causes the changes in criminals’ mind that they commit such cold-blooded crimes. Seonkyeong‘s profession could be viewed as intriguing and fascinating from the first sight. Seonkyeong‘s students at university are also fascinated by their teacher‘s profession. They even call her More


Authors: Zhang, Lijia
Translated by: Uzėlaitė, Viktorija
Translated from: English
Published on: 2020

“Lotus” is a novel telling a story about a prostitute in China. It is a book that shows the various aspects of modern China – traditions and the modern present, strict social norms and regulations, but at the same time reveals the dark side – prostitution and human trafficking, the reality of hard work in factories and poverty in the provinces. Meanwhile, at the center of it all stands a girl who, like many other girls out there, is experiencing the horrors of the dark side.

After her mother dies, the heroine of the book starts taking care of her little brother and moves from a small village to live in China’s “city of sins” Shenzhen. Here she hopes not only to provide money for her brother’s studies, but also to More

The Little Book of Skin Care: Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin

Authors: Cho, Charlotte
Translated by: Bezginaitė, Laima
Translated from: English
Published on: 2020

This book is an introduction to the Korean beauty industry and the Korean way of life by an American Korean entrepreneur, blogger and founder of Soko Glam, Charlotte Cho. It is a book that encourages you to love yourself and see skincare as an important part of daily life, not vanity.

In this book the author reveals the importance of skincare and a proper lifestyle in South Korean society, where the cult of beauty is extremely high. She explains in detail about the Korean beauty habits, explains things like the double cleansing method and why it is so crucial, as well as giving the details about the famous 10-step Korean skincare routine and its effectiveness. More

The Art of Simple Living: 100 Daily Practices from a Japanese Zen Monk for a Lifetime of Calm and Joy

Authors: Masuno, Shunmyo
Translated by: Uzėlaitė, Viktorija
Translated from: English
Published on: 2020

“The Art of Simple Living: 100 Daily Practices from a Japanese Zen Monk for a Lifetime of Calm and Joy“ is a book that proves that by doing simple daily practices, making small changes in habits, and not searching for necessarily exceptional experiences can help change the outlook and experience inner peace again. The author Japanese Zen Buddhist Shunmyo Masuno, used centuries of wisdom from Zen Buddhism, and wrote a hundred simple everyday practices for the modern man, living in a world dominated by technology, where people are becoming more and more distant from nature and each other, and where mental illnesses are more common than ever before. More

The Three-Body Problem

Authors: Liu, Cixin
Translated by: Kondrotas, Saulius Tomas
Translated from: English
Published on: 2020

The Three-Body Problem is the first book of a three-part science fiction series “Remembrance of Earth’s Past” about human encounters with another civilization and the dilemma of whether it means the salvation or destruction of the Earth.

The novel takes place in China in 1967, during the Cultural Revolution. The book describes the horoble reality of the regime, which destroyed the lives of many, and even killed some. In fact, it is even hard to believe that a book showing the shortcomings of the regime was allowed to be published, knowing what a strong censorship there exists. However, it might not have been the case if the author had not “hidden” those particular scenes in the Chinese version. Although the novel More

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

Authors: Arikawa, Hiro
Translated by: Kriaučiūnas, Marijus
Translated from: Japanese
Published on: 2020

“The Travelling Cat Chronicles” is an extremely sensitive story of human-cat friendship that reminds the reader of the beauty of life and emphasizes the values ​​of love and sacrifice. The wonderful adventure told in the book perfectly reflects the Japanese sincerity and the attention to detail inherent in Japanese literature.

The fateful meeting of protagonist Satoru and a wild cat Nana at the silver van changed their lives forever. And the accident brought the two friends even closer, who suddenly became inseparable. The once wild cat More

The Buried Giant

Authors: Ishiguro, Kazuo
Translated by: Žukaitė, Mėta
Translated from: English
Published on: 2020

“The Buried Giant” tells a story of an old couple, which lives in ancient Britain, and journey to meet with their son, who has not been seen for many years. The story full of mysticism depicts the old world, which is full of inexplicable phenomena, surrounded by various monsters, and people mysteriously losing their memories. But in the story, the heart is warmed up by the spouses’ sincere communication and concern for each other.

Axl and Beatrice are an elderly couple quietly spending their days on the outskirts of a cave settlement. Unfortunately, the couple is slowly beginning to realize that they hardly remember their past. A few fragments of memories More

The Secret of Centennial Japanese: How to Live Long and Happily

Authors: Takahashi, Junko
Translated by: Bogušytė, Marija
Translated from: Spanish
Published on: 2020

Junko Takahashi in her book tells the story of Japanese longevity mysteries and discoveries learned from centuries-old Japanese and interviews with them. The book is interesting in that it perfectly reveals the norms of Japanese behavior, a culture that is very different from Europeans. One of them is Japanese isolation in terms of their own feelings, which was one of the barriers at the time of writing this book.

This book is an easy read for those who want to learn more about interesting Japanese culture or try to change their bad habits and maybe even prolong their lives. The author’s insights into telling about elderly are More

Killing Commendatore II

Authors: Murakami, Haruki
Translated by: Enciutė, Gabija
Translated from: Japanese
Published on: 2020

Surviving a divorce with his wife, 36-year-old, unnamed the painter decides to escape to a secluded mountain lodge, where surrounded by beautiful nature, the artist has the time and space to rethink the most important events of his life and rediscover the path to creation. Still, life at the home of the famous nihonga artist Tomohik Amadai gives many riddles and engages the protagonist in a tricky puzzle in which he seeks an answer to both: the master of the house and discovered his work he had not made public.

In the novel ” Killing Commendatore”, Hakuri Murakami continues the journey of human transformation, that he must go through in order for a work of art to be born. As individual characters in the work, ideas and metaphors emerge that accompany the artist on a difficult quest. More

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