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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7 books, all the wisdom of which becomes clear only in adulthood
Many books of classics are recommended for reading in the school curriculum or extracurricular reading. But in fact, even high school students are not always able to fully understand the…

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Red Mata Hari

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 in a close relationship with Maxim Gorky and Herbert wells, deftly out of any scrapes, was able to survive in the revolutionary grinder. Documents on the activities of Maria Zakrevskaya-Benkendorf-Budberg are still kept in the archives of Russian and British intelligence under the heading “Secret”.

Mystery of birth

In the 1920-ies, it seemed that this woman was known to many. It was said that she was the heir of Agrafena Zakrevskaya, Countess and recognized beauty, who inspired Pushkin, Vyazemsky and Baratynsky. 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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The main passion of Mark TWAIN: The love of cats and their unusual nicknames
Ernest Hemingway sincerely believed that all modern literature was born from a single book — "the adventures of Huckleberry Finn" Mark TWAIN. Moreover, William Faulkner, born 50 years after the…

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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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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…

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What books to read, the leaders of the largest countries in the world: the Bible, Pushkin, Agatha Christie and not only
These people lead or have led the world's largest powers in the past. It seems that the schedule of heads of state does not have a minute of free time,…

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