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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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 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 people. It is known that Tolkien was inspired by some of the masters of modern fantasy, from George R. R. Martin to Terry Brooks. But the fantasy genre was not born in a day when middle earth was created.

Tolkien himself drew inspiration from old works, as well as from the writings of his close friend and colleague on the work of Clive Lewis (once they even planned to write a book together, which began to write Lewis). Continue reading

Who was the real prototype of Dr. Faust, and why in the XVI century believed that he sold his soul to the devil
The story of the alchemist and the scientist who sold his soul to the devil is known all over the world. Despite the obviously mystical motives, Dr. Faust has a…

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Personal order of comrade Stalin: 5 books that were written on the instructions of the "leader of the peoples»
Works written by Soviet authors in the period of formation and heyday of the USSR, today is quite difficult to perceive by readers. Some of the writers believed in Communist…

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7 important books for those who want to understand art well
Culture and art are an integral part of human life. However, often trips to museums and exhibitions quite insufficient for a deep understanding of the subject. In this case, you…

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For that shot and sent to the camps for schoolchildren and students from the literature club
In early February 1952, a trial was held in Moscow for a week. Accused students who organized an alternative literary circle. However, over half of the team, his goals have…

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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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