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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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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novels

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

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

When a husband 20 years younger and wiser of a lifetime: hard-won happiness of Anna Kern

Her name became known thanks to Alexander Pushkin, who dedicated his poem “I remember a wonderful moment”to Anna Kern. By the time she met the poet, she was already married, but the personal happiness of the young woman was not even discussed. Anna hated her husband Ermolai Kern. Throughout her family life, she fell in love, and as a result, the reputation of the General’s wife was hopelessly spoiled. But his real happiness Anna Kern found in 36 years in the face of 16-year-old Alexander Markov-Vinogradsky.

A fleeting vision

Anna Poltoratskaya was not yet 17 years old when her father married her to 52-year-old Ermolai Kern. Continue reading

Three marriages of Lyudmila Ulitskaya: How divorce helped the famous writer to find herself
Lyudmila Ulitskaya needs no introduction for a long time. She is called one of the most widely read writers of our time, her books have been translated into almost 30…

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Personal order of comrade Stalin: 5 books that were written on the instructions of the "leader of the peoples»
Works written by Soviet authors in the period of formation and heyday of the USSR, today is quite difficult to perceive by readers. Some of the writers believed in Communist…

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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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10 fascinating books about forbidden feelings
Books about the feelings that arise between a man and a woman, always interesting and exciting. Someone finds in them answers to their questions, someone adopts the experience of literary…

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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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