Who are they – brothers and sisters Chekhov, Kataev and other famous writers who worked under pseudonyms
Not always talented relatives have the same name. Even siblings can have completely different surnames. In the writer’s world, there are many cases where readers were not even aware that two different authors grew up in the same family.
Evgeny Petrov, Valentin Kataev
Many people love and “the Twelve chairs”, and “lone White sail”, but not the connection between these two works. And the connection, though not direct, is — they were written by brothers, Evgeny Petrov (in co-authorship with Ilya Ilf) and Valentin Kataev. The real name that is both Katayevy, but Eugene decided to take a pseudonym to avoid confusion with his brother. Continue reading
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?
The great-grandson of the luminary of Russian poetry Alexander Pushkin resides in Belgium, however, since 2005, has Russian citizenship. Continue reading
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 not allowed even to come to the USSR to bury his family. And even after his departure boiled passions and disputes about how, where should rest his body. It took a whole year and a half to find a place for the last rest of the poet.
Unloved son of his homeland
The first public performance at the tournament of poets 20-year-old Joseph Brodsky led to a scandal. Continue reading
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 of the era, she was simultaneously praised and insulted, worshipped her and feared her sharp tongue. The poet was called a witch and sylph, but the most famous nickname was “satanasa”. She could mercilessly criticize writers and poets, but the approved Zinaida hippius could count on her protection.
Zinaida hippius from childhood wrote poetry and seriously planned to engage in literary activities. Because of the father’s service, the family often had to move from place to place, so the girl could not fully study, but filled the gaps in knowledge with governesses. Continue reading
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, but each of them finds time to read not only reports, statistics and analytical articles. Presidents are happy to read fiction and recommend some works for reading.
The President of Russia has always read a lot, he did not leave this habit and as head of a huge country. His literary interests include classics of Russian and foreign literature, and the best cure for bad mood, Vladimir Vladimirovich considers the works of Omar Hayam, whom he not only reads, but also writes quotes in a special notebook. Vladimir Putin recommends the compulsory reading “notes of a hunter” by Ivan Turgenev and the collection of Mikhail Prishvina “Green noise”, which he gladly reads, along with “Basil by Terminum” by Alexander Tvardovsky. Continue reading