The hero of the novel, Timofey Pavlovich Pnin, was born in 1898 in St. Petersburg, in the family of a doctor-oculist. In 1917 his parents died of typhus. Timothy joined the White Army, where he served first as an attendant, and then in the Office of Military Intelligence. In 1919, from the Crimea, taken by the Red Army, fled to Constantinople. He graduated from the University in Prague, lived in Paris, where he started emigrating to the United States with the beginning of World War II. During the action of the novel, Pnin is an American citizen, a professor who earns his living by teachingRead More →

IA Bunin Grammar of love Someone Ivlev rode once in early June to the far side of his district. At first it was pleasant to go: it was a warm, dull day, well laid down road. Then the weather grew dull, the clouds stretched, and when the village appeared ahead of me, Ivlev decided to call on the count. The old man who plowed near the village said that there was a young countess at home, but still stopped. The Countess was in a pink hood, with an open powdered breast; she smoked, often straightened her hair, revealing her tight and round hands to herRead More →

Yu. K. Olesha Three Fat Men In one city the doctor once lived. His name was Gaspard Arneri. He was a scientist, and there was no one in his country wiser for him. The country where Gaspard Arneri lived was ruled by Three Fat Men, gluttonous and cruel. One summer, in June, a clear clear day the doctor goes for a walk. In the square, he suddenly finds pandemonium, hears gunshots and, climbing to the tower, sees the craftsmen pursued by guardsmen running from the Palace of Three Fat Men. It turns out that the people under the leadership of the armorer Prospero and theRead More →

Sherlock Holmes is approached for help by the horse trainer Sir Robert Norberton, who lives in the estate of Shoscombe and is the owner of the famous race stables. Sir Robert was never married and lives in his estate with his sister, Lady Beatrice. The estate belonged to the late lady husband, and Sir Robert lives on a small rent owned by his sister. Now strange things are happening in the estate. Sir Robert is in debt, in debt, his only hope is the victory at the races of his prince Prince, the best horse of England. The Prince has a half-brother, like him asRead More →

Thomas Mayne Reed Osceola, leader of the Seminoles The action takes place in Florida in the early 1830s, before and during the so-called Second Seminol War. The protagonist George Randolph is the son of an impoverished planter who moved from Virginia to Florida. In his veins there is an admixture of Indian blood, which is considered to be a matter of pride in America. At the very beginning of the narrative we get acquainted with other heroes. Among them are slaves Yellow Jack and Black Jack, Mulatto and Negro, Mulat is described as a creature gloomy, spiteful, cruel and vindictive – qualities that the hero,Read More →

JH Updike Let’s get married A secluded beach on the Connecticut coast near the fictional city of Greenwood. Jerry Conant and Sally Matthias meet there secretly. Each of them has their own families, children, but they are irresistibly attracted to each other. Again and again they start talking about finding the strength to break with the conventions and take the last step towards each other, but it’s not easy to decide each of them to divorce. Jerry is on business in Washington, Sally is asking permission to go with him. Jerry hesitates: in fact one such joint trip by a miracle did not lead toRead More →

In the romanized biography of his relative, Chevalier de Gramont, the author draws contemporary manners of the French nobility and the English court of the Restoration period. The reader gets acquainted with the hero during the military operations in Piedmont, where he thanks to a lively mind, sense of humor and hardness of the spirit immediately conquers the general sympathy. “He was looking for fun and gave it to everyone.” His friend is a certain Mutta, “an example of sincerity and honesty,” and together they ask excellent dinners, which all the officers of the regiment gather. However, the money soon ends, and friends are rackingRead More →

Alexander Dumas Twenty years later The middle of the XVII century. Spurred on by the Fronde, the people of Paris murmurs: deputies, merchants, legal department outraged policy of Cardinal Mazarin, sucking all the juice out of the taxpayers. The Queen, who was going to Mass in the Cathedral of the Notre Dame, was haunted by a crowd of women calling for justice. The people crowded along the path of the young King Louis XIV, who was returning to the palace from the Parliament, where he announced several verdicts, one more ruinous than the other. Even the first President of Parliament openly opposed the King’s interferenceRead More →

The name “Lysistrata” means “The Destroyer of War.” Such a name gave Aristophanes the heroine of her fantastic play about how women, with their feminine means, achieved what men could not, put an end to a great war. The war was between Athens and Sparta, it lasted ten years, Aristophanes was speaking against her in the comedy “Horsemen”. Then there were several years of truce, and then the war began again. Aristophanes was already desperate that the horseman landlords will manage to cope with the war, and he composes a comedy fairy tale where the world is in reverse, where women are smarter and strongerRead More →

Events take place in July, in Lucerne, one of the most romantic cities in Switzerland. Travelers of all nations, and especially the English, in Lucerne – an abyss. Under their tastes the city is adjusted: old houses have broken, on a place of the old bridge have made straight, as a stick, quay. It may be that these embankments, and houses, and limes, and the English are very good somewhere – but not here, amid this oddly majestic and yet unspeakably harmonious and mild nature. Prince Nekhlyudov was captivated by the beauty of the nature of Lucerne, under his influence he felt an inner anxietyRead More →