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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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 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 of such a book increases many times. Our today’s review presents fascinating biographies of people who confidently went to their dream, fell, suffered, rose and again went forward, overcoming difficulties in order to achieve the goal.

Bruce Lee “the Way of perfection»

Interest in the personality of the legendary actor Bruce Lee does not weaken over the years. Since his departure, it has been 45 years, but in Russian the book “the Way of perfection” was published for the first time. 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

Why Dumas distorted the story of the real “count of Monte Cristo” and hid who he really was

The writer Alexander Dumas was a very prolific and successful author. His novels were read by many generations in all countries of the world. Where did he get the stories for his works? In fact, Dumas did not invent the main thing – the basis of the novel, which is usually found in historical notes, archives and memoirs. But then, putting his considerable imagination, he turned the usual story into an exciting narrative.

History of the novel

So it was with “the Count of Monte Cristo”. Dumas found in the bowels of the police archives one criminal history. And put it in the basis of a new novel. 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…

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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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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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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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Red Mata Hari: Why do the archives of the intelligence services about a friend of Maxim Gorky and Hg wells kept secret until now
She wasn't beautiful, but men were crazy about her. Maria Zakrevskaya skillfully hid some facts of her past and shrouded in the fog of mystery of the present. She was…

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