Who are they – brothers and sisters Chekhov, Kataev and other famous writers who worked under pseudonyms
Not always talented relatives have the same name. Even siblings can have completely different surnames. In the writer’s world, there are many cases where readers were not even aware that two different authors grew up in the same family.
Evgeny Petrov, Valentin Kataev
Many people love and “the Twelve chairs”, and “lone White sail”, but not the connection between these two works. And the connection, though not direct, is — they were written by brothers, Evgeny Petrov (in co-authorship with Ilya Ilf) and Valentin Kataev. The real name that is both Katayevy, but Eugene decided to take a pseudonym to avoid confusion with his brother. Continue reading
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 real prototype, who lived in the XVI century. It is not known whether he has a relationship with otherworldly forces, but the glory of the warlock and necromancer he received during his lifetime. In fact, at the time of writing the famous tragedy of Goethe, this character was already popular throughout Europe.
The life of the real doctor Faust is described in many literary works, it was the basis for folk legends, so it is very difficult to distinguish from these materials a rational grain today. Continue reading