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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Inconvenient Mikhail Sholokhov: Who and why attempted the life of the Soviet Nobel laureate
A famous writer, Nobel prize winner in literature led a modest, almost reclusive life. He spent his bonuses, as they would say, on charity, and he was not afraid of…

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6 books, the authors of which tried to write a continuation of the “Master and Margarita” Bulgakov

The brilliant work of Mikhail Bulgakov “the Master and Margarita” for many years does not give rest to other authors. They try to imagine how could the events of the novel further, and even transfer characters to another time and other circumstances. We have collected information about six authors who declared their books as a continuation of the immortal work of Mikhail Bulgakov.

Igor Aronov, “an Incredible bet, or the return of Woland»

Although the author claims that his book is not a continuation of the novel, but in his work there is Woland, who appeared to a simple journalist with a lucrative offer: to sell his soul to the devil in exchange for fame and a happy life. Continue reading

Was there a real prototype of the vampire Gella from the novel “the Master and Margarita” by Bulgakov

A lot of researches of Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel “Master and Margarita” have been carried out. It seems that there is not a single white spot left in this work, everything is analyzed and systematized. Almost every character was able to identify and find his prototype among the real people. However, in the case of Gella to a consensus about who became the prototype for the vampire girl, the researchers of Bulgakov’s work did not come.

Mysterious character

Biographers and researchers of creativity of Mikhail Bulgakov believe that the name for young ladies-vampire retinue of Woland, the writer found in the mythological dictionary. Continue reading

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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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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How was the fate of the prototype of Grigory Melekhov from the "quiet don»
For many years, Mikhail Sholokhov carefully avoided answering the question whether his favorite character from the novel "the Quiet don" had a prototype. Sholokhov had his reasons to hide the…

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Which literary prophecy of the great science fiction writer and the "father of steampunk" Jules Verne have come true after 150 years
Science fiction is usually referred to as stories that describe what technologies may exist in the future, and what they will mean for the people of that time. Although the…

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Why not children's retellings of the tales of Bozhena Nemtsova caused a scandal:"Three nuts for Cinderella", etc
It is surprising that the Slavic children know Charles Perrault and the brothers Grimm and bad — Bozhen Nemtsov, the legendary Czech collector of fairy tales. The Czechs themselves consider…

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