Ray Bradbury 451 Fahrenheit America about a near future, what she saw the author in the early fifties, when this novel was written, the anti-utopia. Thirty-year-old Guy Montag is a firefighter. However, in these modern times fire brigades do not fight with fire. Quite the contrary. Their task is to find books and fire them, as well as the homes of those who dared to keep such sedition in them. For ten years now Montag has been fulfilling his duties, not thinking about the meaning and the reasons for such book hatefulness. Meeting with a young and romantic Clarissa McLandland knocks out the hero fromRead More →


Vitka Borzenkov went to the bazaar in the regional city, sold bacon for a hundred and fifty rubles and went to the wine stall to “smear” a glass or two red. A young girl came up and asked: “Let me have a light.” “With a hangover?” asked Vitka bluntly. “Well,” the girl answered simply. “And there’s nothing to hang on to, right?” -“Do you have?” Vitka bought more. Drank it. Both became good. “Maybe some more?” asked Vitka. “Not here, you can come to me.” In Vitka’s chest something like this-sweetly slippery-wagged his tail. The girl’s house turned out to be clean – curtains, skaterochkiRead More →

IS Turgenev Mumu “In one of the remote streets of Moscow, in a gray house with white columns, a mezzanine and a crooked balcony, once lived a lady, a widow surrounded by a large courtyard… Of all her servants, the most remarkable person was the janitor Gerasim, a man twelve heights of growth, built by a hero and deaf and dumb from birth. The lady took him from the village, where he lived alone, in a small hut, apart from his brothers, and was considered almost the most serviceable draft man, gifted with extraordinary strength, he worked for four. . “. But then Gerasim wasRead More →

The action takes place in Germany, during the Second World War. The protagonist is a teenager Sergei, who was hijacked to Germany, to Arbaytla-ger. The narration covers about three years of the hero’s life. Non-human conditions of existence are described. Arbeit camp is better than concentration camp – the extermination camp, but only because people are killed here gradually, excruciating by overwork, hunger, beatings and bullying. Prisoners of Arbeit camps wear a “OST” badge on their clothes. The central event of the first chapters of the novel is the escape of Sergei and his friend Valka. First, a prison is described, into which the teenagersRead More →

Returning home, the soldier met a sorceress. She sent him to the hollow where, in three rooms of three chests guarded by terrible dogs, he could collect copper coins, silver and gold, having first planted the dogs on the old woman’s checkered apron. For this she asked me to bring her a flint located there. After completing everything according to the instructions of the old woman, the soldier cut off the adviser’s head and took the flint himself. Walking through all the money, and with it, and losing all new friends, the soldier again began to live poorly. One day he lit a candle, whichRead More →

February 27, 1815 in Marseille from the next voyage returns three-masted ship “Pharaoh”. Captain LeClair was not destined to set foot on his native land: he died of fever in the open sea. The young sailor Edmond Dantes took over the command and executed another last will of the captain: “Pharaoh” comes to the island of Elba, where Dantes hands over the package received from Leclerc’s hands to Marshal Bertrand and meets with the disgraced Emperor himself. Dantes receives a letter to be delivered to Paris, Mr. Noirtier, one of the conspirators preparing the return to the throne of Napoleon. The owner of the “Pharaoh”Read More →

The action takes place in Spain in 1568, the thirteenth year of the reign of King Philip II. The basis of the plot is the history of the relationship between Philip II, his son Don Carlos, heir to the Spanish throne, and his wife – Queen Elizabeth. In Aranjus, the residence of the Spanish king near Madrid, is the entire Spanish court. Here the son of the king is Don Carlos. The king is cold towards him, he is busy with public affairs and his young wife, who was formerly the fiancée of Don Carlos. To his son, Philip II put his servants on toRead More →

Yu. V. Trifonov Exchange The action takes place in Moscow. The mother of the protagonist, thirty-seven-year-old engineer Viktor Dmitriev, Ksenia Feodorovna is seriously ill, she has cancer, but she herself believes that she has a peptic ulcer. After the operation, she is sent home. The outcome is clear, but she alone believes that the matter is on the mend. Immediately after her discharge from the hospital, Dmitriyeva’s wife, Lena, interpreter from English, decides to urgently come with her mother-in-law, so as not to lose a good room on Profsoyuznaya Street. We need an exchange, she even has one option in mind. There was a timeRead More →

The hero of the story appeals to his drinking companion: “Come on, Kolya, let’s start in order, although it’s not at all clear to me how in this whole absurd history there can be order.” One day, in 1949, the hero gives a phone call. The lieutenant-colonel of Kayshallah’s security is menacingly calling Citizen Tade. Without expecting anything good, citizen Tade serves the table for two people, thinking how many stars will be added to the bottle of cognac for his return, looks out the window at the schoolgirl, with whom he hopes to drink this cognac in the future, removes the bug from theRead More →

Novella is a different version of the same event, expressed by different people. The woodcutter told during the interrogation that he had found the corpse of a man in a grove under a mountain, where bamboo grows interspersed with young cryptomeria. The man was lying on his back, he had a light blue suikan, in his chest a wound was gaping. There was no weapon near, only a rope and a comb. The wandering monk said during the interrogation that he had met the man killed on the road from Yamasin to Sekiyama on the eve. With him was a woman sitting on a redRead More →