In the Labyrinth

A soldier, stiffened in the winter cold and tired, is waiting for someone near the lantern under the incessant snowfall. In his hands he holds a box wrapped in paper with something inside; he must pass it on to someone. He does not remember any details of the meeting: where, when and with whom it should take place; he does not remember anything about himself: ...

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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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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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The Confession of a Child of the Century | 11 selected quotes

At the time of writing this post, I had just finished reading the novel “The Confession of a Child of the Century” by Alfred de Musset. It is the first book by this author that I have read but it is very surprising how sensitive he feels love and how skillfully he conveys every moment of it. No reflected aspect will not lose its relevance ...

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