No country, no churchyard: Why the body of Joseph Brodsky was buried only a year and a half after his departure
The fate of the brilliant poet Joseph Brodsky was not always kind to him. At home, he was persecuted, he was placed in a psychiatric clinic, and after emigration was…

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What recipes Dumas, Odoyevsky, Hugo and other famous writers shared in their cookbooks
It would be a mistake to underestimate cookbooks – the importance of cooking is evidenced by the fact that in France the first collection of recipes was released immediately after…

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Boris Pasternak

Literature on the verge: 10 novels, which caused a loud resonance in the society

The reaction of society to the topics and ideas raised by writers can be acute and painful. In this case, around books flare up scandals, they are removed from sale, prohibit the issue in the libraries and even burned. Subsequently, these same pieces can win the highest literary awards and to be put on a par with the best examples of literature. In our review of the book, which at one time came into conflict with the generally accepted moral standards.

Salman Rushdie, “Satanic verses»

The work of Salman Rushdie did not just make a lot of noise. Against “Satanic verses” demonstrations were held in different countries, set fire to bookstores that sold the book, the novel was banned in all Muslim countries, except Turkey, and for the head of the writer appointed a reward of more than three million dollars. Continue reading

As the son of a samurai Matsuo Basho glorified Japanese three-line haiku to the whole worl
Haiku (haiku) remains popular largely due to the fact that perfectly conveys the undertones of funny, allows you to achieve a funny understatement - a couple of expressive strokes, a…

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What to read: 6 motivating and fascinating biographies of famous people
The path of man to the heights of fame and success is of great interest, and if the life of a celebrity is written in a living language, the value…

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What was fantasy before "the Hobbit" and "the Lord of the rings": 10 stories that inspired Tolkien
For many readers journey in genre fantasy began with Professor John Ronald Ruel Tolkien. "Hobbit", "Lord of the rings" or even Peter Jackson's screen version... these stories "hooked" millions of…

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Who are they - brothers and sisters Chekhov, Kataev and other famous writers who worked under pseudonyms
Not always talented relatives have the same name. Even siblings can have completely different surnames. In the writer's world, there are many cases where readers were not even aware that…

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Profitable business: What are the fees received by the great Russian writers
It is widely believed that in pre-revolutionary Russia, writers and poets were virtually disinterested. That is, their fees were so meager that they did not allow writers to lead a…

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