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…

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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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What recipes Dumas, Odoyevsky, Hugo and other famous writers shared in their cookbooks

It would be a mistake to underestimate cookbooks – the importance of cooking is evidenced by the fact that in France the first collection of recipes was released immediately after the invention of printing, quite a bit inferior to the Bible and other sacred texts. It is no wonder that among the famous authors of works of art were those who directed their talent to the description of kitchen wisdom.

“The lectures of Mr Poof, doctors encyclopedias and other Sciences, about the art of cooking»

Under this title, the readers of the Appendix to the “Literary newspaper” of the 1840s got acquainted with the gastronomic secrets and rules of etiquette in the field of eating. Continue reading

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 the high authorities, preferring to honestly Express his position even to Joseph Stalin. However, the writer’s life at one time hung in the balance. Who and what was the famous attempt on Mikhail Sholokhov.

nestor makhno

Even during the life of the writer periodically appeared stories about how the young Misha Sholokhov miraculously escaped from the hands of the merciless Nestor Makhno. Mikhail Sholokhov himself did not comment on these stories, but did not refute them. 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 seem that this is not just a coincidence. In this review, a story about books and movies that turned out to be prophetic.

1. Carrie Fisher and the fate of Princess Leia

She is depicted with a bagel hairdo, in a fluttering white dress and with a Blaster in her hand. Indeed, the actress and writer Carrie Fisher is best remembered as the performer of the role of the cult heroine of Star wars, Princess Leia. 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…

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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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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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Poet Vladislav Khodasevich and his young Muse: "All the time about you, day and night about one you…»
They met once, to firmly tie the knot. Vladislav Khodasevich was one of the best poets of the Silver age, Nina Berberova – his young Muse, who later became a…

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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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