"Woe from Wit" and "Misanthrope" by Moliere
Of foreign works, the comedy by Moliere “Misanthrope” was especially important for “Woe from Wit” (see the summary, analysis and the full text). Studies by Professor Alexei Veselovsky showed that…

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Boyardo, Matteo Maria, and his “Roland in Love”
Matteo Maria Boyardo (1434 or 1441-1494) was descended from a noble surname, who zealously served the Este family (who owned Ferrara and Modena) and received from him in 1423 fief…

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"The Brothers Karamazov"
Dostoevsky writes not a philosophical treatise or a theological system, he writes a novel. Religious-philosophical material is introduced into the framework of the romantic genre and is developed according to…

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The art book is a stumbling block in the perennial issue of “execution can not be pardoned.” Only in our case – “buy cannot be downloaded”. Yes, they are often cumbersome, heavy, and one cannot say that for daily reading, they surely are rarely seen as wiped. Such an unexpected question comes to mind: “What is the Art Book? Is this actually a book about Arta, or something more?

Surely at each of us at home you can find a couple of top three books with the promising title a la “500 world masterpieces of the universal scale” or “Contemporary art now then always everywhere”, etc. Is this an art book? You can say this: this is a book about Art, with a clearly formulated opinion of experts, AZ, the list of artists, their biographies and biography. If you add at least a fraction of the imagination to such a reading, then you can be inspired by a small Sunday work “for yourself”. This reading is very useful and makes.

But still I want to highlight separately the books that fall into the same category of ART, but are slightly different from their encyclopedic counterparts. You must have come across books, having scrolled through which, you get an incredible charge of inspiration and a desire to create, by all means. Retrospectives of polaroids, a collection of photographs found at the dumps, works of art from books, all about neon psychedelics, a book of magic skeletons, vintage dresses from cans.

And already coming back from the next trip abroad, you are dragging a ton of such good stuff. You can of course download such a book, but the meaning is lost. After all, they buy such books not only for the love of context, but also for tactile pleasures, size, smell, color … well, you know. Nobody canceled Ebay and Amazon, since buying Art books in local stores is still on the verge of science fiction, you can certainly look through and smell, but you can go online for the best price.

So, what should you pay your attention to, besides the ultimate collections, 1000 best and you can easily find this, relying on your own taste and interests.
Series “Creators of the avant-garde”

Varvara Stepanova

A series of books “Creators of Avant-garde” is part of the publishing program of the Russian Avant-garde Foundation. If “Suprematism” and “constructivism” are not empty words for you, and they have been warming your soul for more than a decade, then this series of books will definitely interest you. If, nevertheless, these words are still empty for you, then it’s time to fill them in order to be informed and take part in a clever conversation about the eternal. In general, not a single square.

You can start with the biography of Varvara Stepanova, the fighting friend of Alexander Rodchenko, the founder of constructivism, design and Soviet advertising. Barbara Stepanova herself was an innovative artist in the design of theatrical productions, clothing, and textile design, with a pronounced dynamics of color and graphics.

Average price: $ 11

Homeric epic
Epic means nothing more than a word about exploits (in Greek “epic” - “word”), songs that were performed by wandering singers. To the accompaniment of the lyre, they were sung…


Image and theme of the war in Tolstoy's “Sevastopol Stories”
In the military stories (“Raid”, “Forest Cutting”, “Sevastopol in December 1854, in May and August 1855”) Tolstoy dwells on the question of how legitimate war, demanding so many bloody victims,…