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…

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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…

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“Madame Bovary”

Literature on the verge: 10 novels, which caused a loud resonance in the society

The reaction of society to the topics and ideas raised by writers can be acute and painful. In this case, around books flare up scandals, they are removed from sale, prohibit the issue in the libraries and even burned. Subsequently, these same pieces can win the highest literary awards and to be put on a par with the best examples of literature. In our review of the book, which at one time came into conflict with the generally accepted moral standards.

Salman Rushdie, “Satanic verses»

The work of Salman Rushdie did not just make a lot of noise. Against “Satanic verses” demonstrations were held in different countries, set fire to bookstores that sold the book, the novel was banned in all Muslim countries, except Turkey, and for the head of the writer appointed a reward of more than three million dollars. Continue reading

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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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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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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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…

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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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