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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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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little-known works

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

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

10 little-known works of great writers that are definitely worth reading

It is difficult to find an educated person who would not know the names of these writers and poets. However, not all lovers of literature can say with confidence that they have read all the books of famous writers. Among the little-known books of famous writers there are real masterpieces, for unknown reasons, left without the attention of the mass reader. We offer to fill this gap and read the little-known books of famous writers from our review.

Joseph Brodsky, “Democracy!»

Fans of Joseph Brodsky can recite a lot of his poems, retell his prose. But here’s the play “Democracy!”it could well remain unread. Continue reading

15 famous writers, whose real names few people remember
Very often creative people prefer to use their real names in public life. For some, this is a way to divide activities, for others – the opportunity not to put…

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Who is the real author of the novels "Twelve chairs" and "the Golden calf", and were Ilf and Petrov "literary blacks»
The idea that the famous dilogy about the son of a Turkish subject was written not by Ilf and Petrov, but by someone else, over the years since the novels…

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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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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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Inconvenient Mikhail Sholokhov: Who and why attempted the life of the Soviet Nobel laureate
A famous writer, Nobel prize winner in literature led a modest, almost reclusive life. He spent his bonuses, as they would say, on charity, and he was not afraid of…

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