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,…

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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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Dr. Faust

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

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 real prototype, who lived in the XVI century. It is not known whether he has a relationship with otherworldly forces, but the glory of the warlock and necromancer he received during his lifetime. In fact, at the time of writing the famous tragedy of Goethe, this character was already popular throughout Europe.

The life of the real doctor Faust is described in many literary works, it was the basis for folk legends, so it is very difficult to distinguish from these materials a rational grain today. Continue reading

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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Doubtful love affair of Sergei Yesenin: Who were the patrons and admirers of the "singer of the people»
Critics and admirers called Sergei Yesenin "peasant son" and "a singer from the people." He gravitated to the high society, posing as the aristocrat, wore English suits, loved fancy things,…

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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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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…

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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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