What you did not know about “The Master and Margarita” by Bulgakov

Rereading the legendary Bulgakov’s novel “The Master and Margarita” after seven years of the first reading, I caught myself thinking that I’m looking at the thoughts embedded in it quite differently. Of course, the backpack of life and literary experience affects, but also (and to a greater extent) the linguistic and philological education that I managed to get during these years. Thanks to the freshly ...

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Wassiliy Kandinsky | 20 selected quotes

Wasily Kandinsky in his treatise “On the spiritual in art”, 1910, expresses his thoughts on the interconnection of the arts, on what the artist and the viewer should look like, on the importance of composition and color in painting. The quotes I have chosen from the treatise make you think about the topics above, that are still relevant today.

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Stupeur et tremblements

Amélie Nothomb is a Belgian writer writing in French. Her father was a diplomat, therefore in her childhood Notomb lived in different countries: Japan, the USA, Laos, Burma, China and Bangladesh which strongly influenced her work. In all, she wrote 23 novels and the most famous “Fear and Trembling” (Stupeur et tremblements) was nominated for Prix Goncourt.

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The Unknown Masterpiece

Honoré de Balzac wrote “The Unknown Masterpiece” in the series of “Philosophical Studies” in 1832. Here he demonstrates himself as a connoisseur of art, but most importantly — a predictor of the development of European art of the late XIX century and the entire twentieth century.

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Marcel Duchamp. The Afternoon Interviews

Imagine that you are holding a magazine that you bought for the sake of an interview with a respected person — pleasure quickly spreads through the blood causing the smile that cannot get off from the face. This effect is born by only a couple of long-awaited pages. Do you understand what a whole book of interviews is capable of doing?

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