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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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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Tolstoy

As an atheist Leo Tolstoy looked into Oblivion: What made the great writer to overestimate life

In the life of Leo Tolstoy once there was a strange case when the writer either became a victim of an attack, or met face to face with something otherworldly, not from the world of the living. It happened in Arzamas, the town where Tolstoy stopped for the night, heading in the Penza province. At that moment the writer was forty-one years old – by a strange coincidence, it was exactly half of his earthly journey.

Overnight in Arzamas

It was the autumn of 1869, and most recently saw the light of the novel “War and peace”, quickly won success with readers despite the mixed reviews of critics. Continue reading

From which he died the Jewish king Herod, and told the writer Anton Chekhov

Posthumous consultation on the disease of the Jewish king Herod, appeared in 1892 in the Christmas issue of the newspaper “New time”. The author of the article was Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, for whom this work was a compromise between the “legal wife” and “mistress”.

“Disgusting disease”

Until his last day, a world-class writer remained primarily a doctor. It is not surprising, therefore, that among his literary works there is an article on the death of Herod – a posthumous consultation, compiled on the basis of written sources about the disease of the king of Judea. Chekhov wrote this note in a difficult financial period, guided by the desire to receive a fee, but the subject of research aroused great interest in the medical writer. Continue reading

What movies starred by Vladimir Mayakovsky, where he was a Director and writer
Vladimir Mayakovsky's love for cinema began when the poet was just 13 years old. In 1906 his family moved to Moscow. The capital struck the boy with noise and brilliance,…

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What movies starred by Vladimir Mayakovsky, where he was a Director and writer
Vladimir Mayakovsky's love for cinema began when the poet was just 13 years old. In 1906 his family moved to Moscow. The capital struck the boy with noise and brilliance,…

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What books to read, the leaders of the largest countries in the world: the Bible, Pushkin, Agatha Christie and not only
These people lead or have led the world's largest powers in the past. It seems that the schedule of heads of state does not have a minute of free time,…

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The arbiter of fate: How did the famous Russian writers of the Silver age get a start in life thanks to Zinaida hippius
Perhaps, there was no more controversial figure in the Russian literary society of the Silver age than Zinaida hippius. She was considered one of the most beautiful and intelligent women…

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What books to read, the leaders of the largest countries in the world: the Bible, Pushkin, Agatha Christie and not only
These people lead or have led the world's largest powers in the past. It seems that the schedule of heads of state does not have a minute of free time,…

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