What Marietta Shahinian called for a duel man and other antics of a passionate poetess
She was amazing and unpredictable. Friends of Marietta Shahinian called her a spunky girl and the iron lady. It was all in superlatives: desire, emotion, sympathy. Marietta Shaginyan obeyed momentary…

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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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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, expensive perfume, but the despised people of high society in the best rural traditions. To success he walked a thorny road, and many of his contemporaries (and, perhaps, detractors) claimed that helped the blue-eyed handsome man with blond tufts of very ambiguous connection.

How it all began

Yesenin is 20 years old. In Moscow, no one publishes it, for this reason, he left his young wife with a child and went to look for happiness in Petrograd. Continue reading

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 term “science fiction” was not used until the 1930s, as a genre it began to gain momentum much earlier. And today we can only wonder how accurate were the literary prophecies of Jules Verne

When nineteenth-century thinkers and storytellers faced an era of incredible technological progress and social and industrial change, it is logical that they began to wonder what these changes meant for the world in which they lived, as well as to make certain predictions as to where they would all lead. Continue reading

6 books, the authors of which tried to write a continuation of the “Master and Margarita” Bulgakov

The brilliant work of Mikhail Bulgakov “the Master and Margarita” for many years does not give rest to other authors. They try to imagine how could the events of the novel further, and even transfer characters to another time and other circumstances. We have collected information about six authors who declared their books as a continuation of the immortal work of Mikhail Bulgakov.

Igor Aronov, “an Incredible bet, or the return of Woland»

Although the author claims that his book is not a continuation of the novel, but in his work there is Woland, who appeared to a simple journalist with a lucrative offer: to sell his soul to the devil in exchange for fame and a happy life. Continue reading

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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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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10 books that made their authors millionaires
Many writers dream of a book that will not only make the author famous, but also bring him a very solid fees. Some of them succeed. Their books are published…

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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…

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What is the secret of Semyon Nadson's poems, which 100 years ago was more popular than Pushkin
About a hundred years ago, this poet's popularity almost surpassed Pushkin himself – and thanks to the poems that hit the tone of the time, and thanks to the history…

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