Posthumous consultation on the disease of the Jewish king Herod, appeared in 1892 in the Christmas issue of the newspaper “New time”. The author of the article was Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, for whom this work was a compromise between the “legal wife” and “mistress”.
Until his last day, a world-class writer remained primarily a doctor. It is not surprising, therefore, that among his literary works there is an article on the death of Herod – a posthumous consultation, compiled on the basis of written sources about the disease of the king of Judea. Chekhov wrote this note in a difficult financial period, guided by the desire to receive a fee, but the subject of research aroused great interest in the medical writer. Continue reading
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 is analyzed and systematized. Almost every character was able to identify and find his prototype among the real people. However, in the case of Gella to a consensus about who became the prototype for the vampire girl, the researchers of Bulgakov’s work did not come.
Biographers and researchers of creativity of Mikhail Bulgakov believe that the name for young ladies-vampire retinue of Woland, the writer found in the mythological dictionary. Continue reading