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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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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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Who is the real author of the novels “Twelve chairs” and “the Golden calf”, and were Ilf and Petrov “literary blacks»

The idea that the famous dilogy about the son of a Turkish subject was written not by Ilf and Petrov, but by someone else, over the years since the novels were published, has developed into an independent, almost detective story. Most recently, he embodied in the book-study, which is quite categorically stated: “Twelve chairs” and “Golden calf” did not create the one who appears on the cover.

As Ilf and Petrov were “literary blacks”

By the time the first chapters of the Twelve chairs were printed, Ilya Ilf was thirty and Yevgeny Petrov was twenty-five. The story of the story about the hidden treasures in the chair was told by the authors themselves and looks like this. Continue reading

10 little-known works of great writers that are definitely worth reading

It is difficult to find an educated person who would not know the names of these writers and poets. However, not all lovers of literature can say with confidence that they have read all the books of famous writers. Among the little-known books of famous writers there are real masterpieces, for unknown reasons, left without the attention of the mass reader. We offer to fill this gap and read the little-known books of famous writers from our review.

Joseph Brodsky, “Democracy!»

Fans of Joseph Brodsky can recite a lot of his poems, retell his prose. But here’s the play “Democracy!”it could well remain unread. Continue reading

Literature on the verge: 10 novels, which caused a loud resonance in the society

The reaction of society to the topics and ideas raised by writers can be acute and painful. In this case, around books flare up scandals, they are removed from sale, prohibit the issue in the libraries and even burned. Subsequently, these same pieces can win the highest literary awards and to be put on a par with the best examples of literature. In our review of the book, which at one time came into conflict with the generally accepted moral standards.

Salman Rushdie, “Satanic verses»

The work of Salman Rushdie did not just make a lot of noise. Against “Satanic verses” demonstrations were held in different countries, set fire to bookstores that sold the book, the novel was banned in all Muslim countries, except Turkey, and for the head of the writer appointed a reward of more than three million dollars. Continue reading

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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Personal order of comrade Stalin: 5 books that were written on the instructions of the "leader of the peoples»
Works written by Soviet authors in the period of formation and heyday of the USSR, today is quite difficult to perceive by readers. Some of the writers believed in Communist…

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Literature on the verge: 10 novels, which caused a loud resonance in the society
The reaction of society to the topics and ideas raised by writers can be acute and painful. In this case, around books flare up scandals, they are removed from sale,…

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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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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…

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