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 Marietta Shahinian called for a duel man and other antics of a passionate poetess
She was amazing and unpredictable. Friends of Marietta Shahinian called her a spunky girl and the iron lady. It was all in superlatives: desire, emotion, sympathy. Marietta Shaginyan obeyed momentary…

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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

Genius-brawler: Because of what Ivan Turgenev quarreled with famous Russian writers
On the books of Ivan Turgenev grew more than one generation. His works make you think, inspire, fascinate. And it's hard to imagine that their author has earned a reputation…

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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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10 living today descendants of great Russian writers: Pushkin, Sholokhov, Dostoevsky and others
Their ancestors left behind not only a huge creative heritage. Many of them had children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, whose descendants live today. Some of them prefer to lead a modest life,…

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15 famous writers, whose real names few people remember
Very often creative people prefer to use their real names in public life. For some, this is a way to divide activities, for others – the opportunity not to put…

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10 tragic cases that migrated from books and movies to real life
The idea that life and art intersect is far from new. In most cases, these Parallels between fact and fiction seem harmless. However, there are situations when it begins to…

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