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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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…

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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

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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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 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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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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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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