fascinating biographies

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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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…

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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 the high authorities, preferring to honestly Express his position even to Joseph Stalin. However, the writer’s life at one time hung in the balance. Who and what was the famous attempt on Mikhail Sholokhov.

nestor makhno

Even during the life of the writer periodically appeared stories about how the young Misha Sholokhov miraculously escaped from the hands of the merciless Nestor Makhno. Mikhail Sholokhov himself did not comment on these stories, but did not refute them. Continue reading

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 changed. However, in the last months of activity, students and first-year students were under the watchful supervision of “outdoor activities”. Of the 16 people, three were sentenced to death, and three were sentenced to 10 years in camps. The rest of the ten gave 25 years.

Literary circle

They were just students. They believed in a bright future, read a lot, enjoyed the opening of the children’s library. One of the high school girls was Susanna Pechuro. Continue reading

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

Doubtful love affair of Sergei Yesenin: Who were the patrons and admirers of the “singer of the people»

Critics and admirers called Sergei Yesenin “peasant son” and “a singer from the people.” He gravitated to the high society, posing as the aristocrat, wore English suits, loved fancy things, expensive perfume, but the despised people of high society in the best rural traditions. To success he walked a thorny road, and many of his contemporaries (and, perhaps, detractors) claimed that helped the blue-eyed handsome man with blond tufts of very ambiguous connection.

How it all began

Yesenin is 20 years old. In Moscow, no one publishes it, for this reason, he left his young wife with a child and went to look for happiness in Petrograd. 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

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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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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The main passion of Mark TWAIN: The love of cats and their unusual nicknames
Ernest Hemingway sincerely believed that all modern literature was born from a single book — "the adventures of Huckleberry Finn" Mark TWAIN. Moreover, William Faulkner, born 50 years after the…

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When a husband 20 years younger and wiser of a lifetime: hard-won happiness of Anna Kern
Her name became known thanks to Alexander Pushkin, who dedicated his poem "I remember a wonderful moment"to Anna Kern. By the time she met the poet, she was already married,…

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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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