Which literary prophecy of the great science fiction writer and the "father of steampunk" Jules Verne have come true after 150 years
Science fiction is usually referred to as stories that describe what technologies may exist in the future, and what they will mean for the people of that time. Although the…

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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…

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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

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 people. It is known that Tolkien was inspired by some of the masters of modern fantasy, from George R. R. Martin to Terry Brooks. But the fantasy genre was not born in a day when middle earth was created.

Tolkien himself drew inspiration from old works, as well as from the writings of his close friend and colleague on the work of Clive Lewis (once they even planned to write a book together, which began to write Lewis). Continue reading

As the son of a samurai Matsuo Basho glorified Japanese three-line haiku to the whole worl

Haiku (haiku) remains popular largely due to the fact that perfectly conveys the undertones of funny, allows you to achieve a funny understatement – a couple of expressive strokes, a reference to the mysterious Eastern nature – and the joke is ready. But when haiku, which was initially called “haiku”, appeared in Japanese culture, the role he had just such – comic. But thanks to the poet Matsuo Basho haiku genre rose to the very top of Japanese art – it turned out that “haiku space is infinite and can accommodate the whole world”, in the words of another famous author haiku, or Haijin, Masaoka Shiki.

The roots of Japanese poetry, as befits everything that this culture is famous for, go back to the deep past. The genre, which appeared on haiku is the poetry Renga, or Tanka, in the form of the quintet, which includes exactly 31 syllables. 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…

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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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10 biographical books about the idols of the XX century, which are read by people of different ages
Celebrity life always attracts attention. As a rule, famous people always have a lot of fans who are interested to know not only about the achievements and victories, but also…

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7 famous authors whose manuscripts were found after their departure
The work of famous writers is always under close attention. And even after their death archives are carefully studied by literary critics and biographers. Sometimes they find manuscripts of works…

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Genius-brawler: Because of what Ivan Turgenev quarreled with famous Russian writers
On the books of Ivan Turgenev grew more than one generation. His works make you think, inspire, fascinate. And it's hard to imagine that their author has earned a reputation…

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