• A New Vision of Ageing

    We consider ageing as a downwards curve, but this is mainly due to a negative mindset. If we change our view on age and just dare to be who we really are, then age becomes irrelevant. Life will then evolve, instead of going downwards. German author and international consultant who has spent half of her life in foreign cultures all over the world. As an author, she likes to reverse parameters. In her books about ageing, she presents her research on people over 80 who are doing things that one would not expect from that age. She unveils the key-factors for a completely different old age and shows that a creative lifestyle is the entrance door to joyful life and happy ageing. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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  • Flower-Girl

    The translation of this book was supported by Luthuanian Culture Institute.

    Birute Mar was awarded the Lithuanian Government’s prize for culture and art 2020. On 9 March 2020, the actress and director as well as the founder of Solo Theatre, Birute Mar, was awarded the Lithuanian Government’s Prize for Culture and Art for merits to Lithuanian culture and art.

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  • Hopeless

    Tommaso Soldini’s Hopeless is almost feral. One of those novels that are not only hard to define, but flout the very idea of definition. Unabashedly set in a very near future (2024-25), it narrates the vicissitudes of an investigative journalist, Michele Incassa, father of two girls, who is unexpectedly abandoned by his wife Gemma. In order to win her back, he finds himself chasing her shadow in the Petite Princesse, a club for swingers suspended between dream and reality. As if this were not enough, a news report embroils him in a meticulously inventive reconstruction of an attempted murder, in particular of the hours and days before the incident. These parallel interwoven narratives dismantle the predictable, routine notions of what we call — in a naïve simplification — “reality”, or even “truth”.

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  • Mephisto

    The translation of this work was supported by a grant from the Goethe-Institut.

    Klaus Mann – Thomas Mann’s son – wrote MEPHISTO while living in exile from the Germany of World War II. In it he captures the Isherwood-like atmosphere of Nazi Germany while telling a satiric story about the rise to power of one man – a thinly veiled caricature of his own brother-in-law. The man is Hendrik Hofgen, a character actor who in his own life plays a bizarre part in the elite circle of the Third Reich. Hofgen is publicly a revolutionary, but secretly he is a man driven by an obsessive need for power and fame. Although he benefits from the prestige of being married to the daughter of an eminent politician, he endangers his rise in Nazi society by his compulsive involvement with ‘a black Venus.’ His brilliant success as Mephisto in FAUST brings him the support of the Führer’s prime minister, who appoints him head of the State Theater. His dreams are finally realized, but the story ends on a note of despair as Hofgen is forced to confront the emptiness of his life. Mann weaves his tale with amazing skill. The result is a fascinating novel of decadence and evil.

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  • Montessori and new Technologies

    On one hand, we want our children to be prepared for whatever may lie ahead in this digital age.  On the other hand, research is leading us to determine what is best for the health and learning of young children in regard to the use of devices. As Montessorians, one of our first considerations is the developmental phase of the child.  Once we have considered what our core values lead us to do, it’s important to take a look at how this lines up with current research findings. One final point to recognise is how educators might use technology to further benefit the learning of their students.  Teachers’ use of technology can take on many forms, and there are plenty of options to explore!

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  • Of Bad Parents

    After the death of his beloved wife Nina, Tom travels back with his younger son from Los Angeles to Bern, while his older son stays in the USA. Tom works at night as a chauffeur and sleeps by day, mourning for Nina and trying to get his life under control. What is fiction, what reality? It doesn’t matter. Tom Kummer is a magnificent story-teller whom we are happy to follow – even though he spares neither himself nor his readership. Tom Kummer was a master of fake news long before an American President coined the erm. Born in Bern in 1961, in 2000 Kummer caused a media scandal with fake interviews in which Hollywood professionals such as Bruce Willis, Charles Bronson and Sharon Stone revealed astonishingly private things about themselves.

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  • Terenti Graneli “After Death” in 4 languages

    Terenti Kvirkvelia well known with his pen-name Terenti Graneli (1897–1934) was a noted Georgian poet. Born in Tsalenjikha, he was raised in a family of poor peasants. After graduating primary school in his native village in 1918 he continued studying at the short courses organized by Shalva Nutsubidze in Tbilisi. He had several jobs including a worker at the railway station, and clerk at the newspaper. Graneli published his first verses in 1918. His collection of poems “Memento mori” appeared in 1924. From the beginning of 1928 Graneli’s health worsened and he died in 1934. His works include poems, essays. His letters to his sisters are also well-known.

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  • The Love of Dominic the Horse

    The Love of Dominic the Horse (Arklio Dominyko meilė) is probably the most famous book by the children’s author Vytautas V. Landsbergis both in Lithuania and abroad. This philosophical allegory tells about playful love between a white horse and a blue cornflower, their painful separation in autumn and her unexpected resurrection in spring. It is a universal tale about eternal love favoured by children and grown-ups alike. In 2004, it was elected the book of the year in Lithuania.

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  • The Pachinko Marbles

    Pachinko is a game for both groups and individuals.” This quotation from Roland Barthes opens Elisa Shua Dusapin’s most recent novel, The Pachinko Marbles. A group game because the arcades where pachinko – a Japanese variation on pinball – is played are full of rows of adjacent slot machines and an individual game because, when you play, you are intensely alone. The Swiss-Korean author uses this metaphor to tell a story; a story that tackles the issues of identity and otherness, through the prism of language and culture.

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  • The Tlives of the Saints and other new short stories

    The Lives of the Saintsand other short storiesory. Significant plots, expressive characters, a lively flow of language with insertions of dwarfism, autobiographical experiences – so there is everything that attracts readers. The writer calls the people of the dramatic period who have become characters in short stories saints. The art of prose changes perceptions – no matter how hard it was, the nation lived and survived. Going through tragic, grotesque, everyday situations, thinking and smiling. In 2014, the book was handed over for the third time, and the Most Creative Book of 2013 was chosen.

    The Translation of this book was supported  by Lithuanian Culture Institute, 2019

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