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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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…

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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 it the founder of Czech literature. But, in addition, Nemtsov’s greater glory because, in contrast to Perrault and Grimm, not reworked folk tales into cautionary stories with morals. She even handled them so minimal that the stories or certain things caused a scandal because it took place in the prudish nineteenth century.

Twelve months and their unknown author

The most famous in Russia from West Slavic fairy tales, recorded Nemtsova — “Twelve months.” Of course, the children know her in the adaptation of Marshak, who made her a play, removing all unchildlike moments. Continue reading

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 many languages, it is with her works for many generations of children began acquaintance with poetry. These are facts well known to all. But that work became her salvation after experienced shocks, few know. From what he sought salvation and oblivion Agniya Barto in the literature in the following review.

The future writer was born in 1906 in the family of a veterinarian. According to some reports, at birth she was named Hetel Leibovna Volova – her parents were Jews – but information about this name is not confirmed in her official biographies. Continue reading

No country, no churchyard: Why the body of Joseph Brodsky was buried only a year and a half after his departure

The fate of the brilliant poet Joseph Brodsky was not always kind to him. At home, he was persecuted, he was placed in a psychiatric clinic, and after emigration was not allowed even to come to the USSR to bury his family. And even after his departure boiled passions and disputes about how, where should rest his body. It took a whole year and a half to find a place for the last rest of the poet.

Unloved son of his homeland

The first public performance at the tournament of poets 20-year-old Joseph Brodsky led to a scandal. Continue reading

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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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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Why Hitchcock himself hunted by detectives of the literary tandem of bualo-Narsezhaka
These two writers, before joining forces, achieved some success – at least in France they were known and printed. But it was the Duo of bualo-Narsezhaka made a breakthrough in…

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6 famous writers who wrote with mistakes, but conquered the world
It is hard to imagine that famous writers wrote with errors. However, such cases are not uncommon in the literary environment. Quite well-known writers and poets often neglect the rules…

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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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