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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Literature on the verge: 10 novels, which caused a loud resonance in the society
The reaction of society to the topics and ideas raised by writers can be acute and painful. In this case, around books flare up scandals, they are removed from sale,…

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Unhappy love

Poet Vladislav Khodasevich and his young Muse: “All the time about you, day and night about one you…»

They met once, to firmly tie the knot. Vladislav Khodasevich was one of the best poets of the Silver age, Nina Berberova – his young Muse, who later became a famous writer. It seemed difficult to find two people so different from each other. And at the same time it is difficult to imagine Vladislav Khodasevich and Nina Berberova without each other. What could possibly connect two such different people?

Literary acquaintance

They first met in 1921, a famous poet and a young enthusiastic provincial, who arrived in Petrograd from Rostov-on-don. Continue reading

The arbiter of fate: How did the famous Russian writers of the Silver age get a start in life thanks to Zinaida hippius

Perhaps, there was no more controversial figure in the Russian literary society of the Silver age than Zinaida hippius. She was considered one of the most beautiful and intelligent women of the era, she was simultaneously praised and insulted, worshipped her and feared her sharp tongue. The poet was called a witch and sylph, but the most famous nickname was “satanasa”. She could mercilessly criticize writers and poets, but the approved Zinaida hippius could count on her protection.
Zinaida hippius from childhood wrote poetry and seriously planned to engage in literary activities. Because of the father’s service, the family often had to move from place to place, so the girl could not fully study, but filled the gaps in knowledge with governesses. Continue reading

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 of his life – a short and tragic. Now this success is difficult to explain – the modern reader has different views and other prophets. Or maybe Nadson’s work has yet to regain its former glory when the suffering and experiences of a person who does not find his place in life cease to be condescendingly depreciated.

Childhood, which was not

The literary success of Semyon Yakovlevich Nadson was amazing – the youth of the late XIX – early XX century literally swept away from the shelves of bookstores collections of poems of the poet. Continue reading

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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Irina Erenburg and she Paleeva: Wonderful story of mutual rescue the daughter of a famous writer and girls, nearly shot by the Nazis
The fate of Irina Erenburg and Feiga Fishman unthinkable way crossed in a time of war. The adult woman and the teenage girl by then already both knew bitterness of…

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How was the fate of the prototype of Grigory Melekhov from the "quiet don»
For many years, Mikhail Sholokhov carefully avoided answering the question whether his favorite character from the novel "the Quiet don" had a prototype. Sholokhov had his reasons to hide the…

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For that shot and sent to the camps for schoolchildren and students from the literature club
In early February 1952, a trial was held in Moscow for a week. Accused students who organized an alternative literary circle. However, over half of the team, his goals have…

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Profitable business: What are the fees received by the great Russian writers
It is widely believed that in pre-revolutionary Russia, writers and poets were virtually disinterested. That is, their fees were so meager that they did not allow writers to lead a…

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