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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Was there a real prototype of the vampire Gella from the novel "the Master and Margarita" by Bulgakov
A lot of researches of Mikhail Bulgakov's novel "Master and Margarita" have been carried out. It seems that there is not a single white spot left in this work, everything…

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Monthly Archives: February 2018

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.

Vladimir Putin

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

6 famous historical figures who may never have existed

History sometimes makes fun of people. The lack of reliable information about the heroes of ancient legends and the habit of ancient chroniclers to repeat these legends, gave rise to a lot of pseudo-historical personalities that look “just like the real thing.” Modern mass culture has completed this process, adding them purely human traits and making the main characters of works of art. Unfortunately, the question of whether king Arthur, Robin hood, and many other popular heroes actually existed remains debatable today.

Lao Tzu

The famous ancient Chinese philosopher left behind a convincing cultural heritage, becoming the founder of Taoism. In the religious and philosophical teaching of most Taoist schools Lao Tzu is traditionally revered as a deity. Continue reading

How to grow a genius: What books have read great people when they were not yet known

In the life of modern man has long included numerous gadgets and devices, and books are much more often read from electronic devices, rather than in the printed version. However, the book in any form is a constant fount of wisdom, and for someone and a real impetus for development. In our today’s review of the book, which made a lasting impression on the recognized geniuses and became the impetus for their first success in life.

Albert Einstein

The brilliant theoretical physicist was greatly influenced by the book of Aaron Bernstein, in which many popular science essays were collected. Continue reading

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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Why not children's retellings of the tales of Bozhena Nemtsova caused a scandal:"Three nuts for Cinderella", etc
It is surprising that the Slavic children know Charles Perrault and the brothers Grimm and bad — Bozhen Nemtsov, the legendary Czech collector of fairy tales. The Czechs themselves consider…

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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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What to read: 6 motivating and fascinating biographies of famous people
The path of man to the heights of fame and success is of great interest, and if the life of a celebrity is written in a living language, the value…

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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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