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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Three marriages of Lyudmila Ulitskaya: How divorce helped the famous writer to find herself
Lyudmila Ulitskaya needs no introduction for a long time. She is called one of the most widely read writers of our time, her books have been translated into almost 30…

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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

Personal order of comrade Stalin: 5 books that were written on the instructions of the “leader of the peoples»

Works written by Soviet authors in the period of formation and heyday of the USSR, today is quite difficult to perceive by readers. Some of the writers believed in Communist ideas, and someone had to write, squeezing loud slogans into the works, so that strict censorship allowed the work to be published. However, there were books that were written on the personal instructions of Joseph Stalin. In this case, from the pen of the talented authors often came out strong works.

Mikhail Sholokhov “virgin soil upturned»

There is no direct evidence that the “Raised virgin lands” was written by order of the Soviet authorities. Continue reading

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 in a close relationship with Maxim Gorky and Herbert wells, deftly out of any scrapes, was able to survive in the revolutionary grinder. Documents on the activities of Maria Zakrevskaya-Benkendorf-Budberg are still kept in the archives of Russian and British intelligence under the heading “Secret”.

Mystery of birth

In the 1920-ies, it seemed that this woman was known to many. It was said that she was the heir of Agrafena Zakrevskaya, Countess and recognized beauty, who inspired Pushkin, Vyazemsky and Baratynsky. 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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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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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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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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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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