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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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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The irreparable loss of Agniya Barto: From what troubles the poet sought salvation in creativity

February 17 marks 113 years since the birth of the famous Soviet writer, author of poems for children Agni Barto. Her books were published in huge editions, poems translated into many languages, it is with her works for many generations of children began acquaintance with poetry. These are facts well known to all. But that work became her salvation after experienced shocks, few know. From what he sought salvation and oblivion Agniya Barto in the literature in the following review.

The future writer was born in 1906 in the family of a veterinarian. According to some reports, at birth she was named Hetel Leibovna Volova – her parents were Jews – but information about this name is not confirmed in her official biographies. Continue reading

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, while others have become quite famous people. Often it does not even occur to us that the famous media persona are actually living descendants of Russian classics, the works of which are read more than one generation. What do the descendants of the great Russian writers and poets do today?

Alexander Pushkin

The great-grandson of the luminary of Russian poetry Alexander Pushkin resides in Belgium, however, since 2005, has Russian citizenship. Continue reading

Three marriages of Lyudmila Ulitskaya: How divorce helped the famous writer to find herself
Lyudmila Ulitskaya needs no introduction for a long time. She is called one of the most widely read writers of our time, her books have been translated into almost 30…

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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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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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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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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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