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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What to read: 6 motivating and fascinating biographies of famous people
The path of man to the heights of fame and success is of great interest, and if the life of a celebrity is written in a living language, the value…

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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

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 impulses and desires and always followed the motto: “to Live means to feel, to enjoy life, to feel constantly new, which would remind us that we live…»

Marietta Shaginyan did not see well, did not part with the hearing aid, often found herself in ridiculous situations, but she was always sincere, real and alive. Continue reading

10 living today descendants of great Russian writers: Pushkin, Sholokhov, Dostoevsky and others
Their ancestors left behind not only a huge creative heritage. Many of them had children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, whose descendants live today. Some of them prefer to lead a modest life,…

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10 biographical books about the idols of the XX century, which are read by people of different ages
Celebrity life always attracts attention. As a rule, famous people always have a lot of fans who are interested to know not only about the achievements and victories, but also…

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10 living today descendants of great Russian writers: Pushkin, Sholokhov, Dostoevsky and others
Their ancestors left behind not only a huge creative heritage. Many of them had children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, whose descendants live today. Some of them prefer to lead a modest life,…

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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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7 important books for those who want to understand art well
Culture and art are an integral part of human life. However, often trips to museums and exhibitions quite insufficient for a deep understanding of the subject. In this case, you…

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