The irreparable loss of Agniya Barto: From what troubles the poet sought salvation in creativity
February 17 marks 113 years since the birth of the famous Soviet writer, author of poems for children Agni Barto. Her books were published in huge editions, poems translated into…

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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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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 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 birth of TWAIN, called him “the first truly American writer” and claimed that all the others — only his heirs. And who believed himself a popular writer? And mark TWAIN preferred all people… cat.

In the life of Mark TWAIN was not, perhaps, such a period, when he did not surround himself with cats. He quite seriously considered that without a cat the house is not a house, but only a temporary shelter. Continue reading

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 decent life. Pushkin, for example, left behind a huge debt, Lermontov hardly managed to maintain a befitting nobleman lifestyle. Were the incomes of the great Russian writers really very small?

Alexander Pushkin

The genius of Russian literature by today’s standards was not a poor man. For example, the poem “Ruslan and Lyudmila” was purchased by the publisher for 1500 rubles. Continue reading

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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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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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…

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What Marietta Shahinian called for a duel man and other antics of a passionate poetess
She was amazing and unpredictable. Friends of Marietta Shahinian called her a spunky girl and the iron lady. It was all in superlatives: desire, emotion, sympathy. Marietta Shaginyan obeyed momentary…

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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…

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