January 18, 2018

Taras Shevchenko, Poet and National Hero of Ukraine

Taras Shevchenko, Poet and National Hero of Ukraine

Taras Shevchenko (March 9, 1814 – March 10, 1861) was a Ukrainian poet, writer and artist, and an Imperial Russia dissident. His writings are considered to be the foundation of modern Ukrainian literature. As a child, Taras Shevchenko received little formal education. At any rate, his education wa...
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First Russian Winner of Nobel Prize for Literature

First Russian Winner of Nobel Prize for Literature

Ivan Bunin was the first Russian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. He won the coveted price in 1933, “for the strict artistry with which he has carried on the classical Russian traditions in prose writing” Bunin is considered to be a true heir to the tradition of realism established in...
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Best Pre-Cold War Spy Novel

Best Pre-Cold War Spy Novel

The Thirty Nine steps by the Scottish author John Buchan is perhaps the best spy novel written before the Cold War. It was listed among the all-time best espionage novels by both The Guardian and The Independent in the UK. The plot pre-dates the World War I. It involves an anarchist plot to destabilize...
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How Asterix the Gaul was Created

How Asterix the Gaul was Created

Both young and old around the world are familiar with Asterix and his friends in the indomitable village in Gaul, holding out against the power of Julius Caesar. This story would not have been born if not for many reasons, including the meeting of two artists, Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. The two ar...
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