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Remarkable People (ЖЗЛ)

"Life of Remarkable People" series exists since 1890. It includes books about famous individuals from many walks of life - writers, scientists, politicians, military leaders, and many others.

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Among the stars on Hollywood Boulevard are those that have been awarded to filmmakers of Russian origin in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the cinema. Russian emigration had a significant impact on many spheres of world culture of the 20t

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R. M. Rilke is one of the greatest European poets, who, with his work and his personality, has powerfully influenced the development of world culture, including Russian. Thus, Boris Pasternak a year before his death characterized his own work as variation
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Empress Catherine II, or Catherine the Great (1729-1796), occupies a special place among the rulers of Russia. A German by birth, who did not have any dynastic rights to the Russian throne, she seized it as a result of a coup and for thirty-four years aut
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За 230 лет существования Соединенных Штатов Америки пост высшего руководителя этой страны занимали 44 человека (напомним, что 22-й и24-й президент - один и тот же человек). Поскольку по Конституции США президент имеет чрезвычайно широкие полномочия и явля
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За три века пребывания Романовых на троне многое менялось в стра­не — неизменной оставалась самодержавная власть. Её носители играли разные роли в истории, в меру своих сил, способностей и понимания дей­ствуя на благо России. Среди них были яркие личности
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Dzhois [James Joyce. A full biography]
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A biography of an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. Joyce is best known for Ulysses (1922), a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer's Odyssey are pa
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Kheminguei [Ernest Hemingway]
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Ernest Miller Hemingway (1899 1961) was an American author and journalist. His distinctive writing style, characterized by economy and understatement, influenced 20th-century fiction, as did his life of adventure and public image. He won the Nobel Prize
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Eduard Limonov [Eduard Limonov. Full Biography]
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Эдуард Лимонов - одна из самых противоречивых фигур современной российской литературы и политики. За свою жизнь он успел побывать московским богемным поэтом, бесприютным эмигрантом в Нью-Йорке, модным писателем в Париже, а потом - радикальным политиком, к
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Stanislavskii [Konstantin Stanislavskii]
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Konstantin Sergeyevich Stanislavsky (1863 ? 1938) was a Russian actor and theatre director. The Stanislavsky system would inspire numerous acting teachers in America whose teachings became a dominant force in film acting, especially in the period after Wo
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Leonid Andreev [Leonid Andreev]
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Leonid Nikolaievich Andreyev was a Russian playwright, novelist and short-story writer, who is considered to be a father of Expressionism in Russian literature. He is one of the most talented and prolific representatives of the Silver Age period.
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Darvin [Charles Darvin. Biography]
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Charles Robert Darwin (1809 1882) was an English naturalist. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that
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Blavatskaia [Helena Petrovna Blavatsky]
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This woman's name is surrounded by myths and fantasies. Reactions to the works and practices of this well-known theosoph vary widely-from rough admiration of the hidden possibilities of human reason, which Helena Blavatskaia studied, to violent disapprov
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Konan Doil [Sir Arthur Conan Doyle]
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Full biography of the Scottish author, most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered a major innovation in the field of crime fiction, and for the adventures of Professor Challenger. He was a prolific write
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Rudenko [Rudenko]
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Rudenko was one of the chief prosecutors during the Nuremberg Trial (Trial of the Major War Criminals before the International Military Tribunal in 1945-1946).
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Mishel' Fuko [Michel Foucault]
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French philosopher, historian, intellectual, critic and sociologist. He held a chair at the Collège de France with the title "History of Systems of Thought," and also taught at the University of California, Berkeley. Foucault is best known for his critica
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Rishel'e [Cardinal Richelieu]
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Consecrated as a bishop in 1607, he later entered politics, becoming a Secretary of State in 1616. Richelieu soon rose in both the Church and the state, becoming a cardinal in 1622, and King Louis XIII's chief minister in 1624. He remained in office until
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Titsian [Titian]
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The leader of the 16th-century Venetian school of the Italian Renaissance. Recognized by his contemporaries as "the sun amidst small stars", Titian was one of the most versatile of Italian painters, equally adept with portraits and landscapes (two genres
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Oskar Uail'd [Oscar Wilde]
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Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and author of short stories. Known for his biting wit, he became one of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day.
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Bottichelli [Sandro Botticelli]
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Sandro Botticelli or Il Botticello was an Italian painter of the Florentine school during the Early Renaissance. Less than a hundred years later, this movement, under the patronage of Lorenzo de' Medici, was characterized by Giorgio Vasari as a "golden ag
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Gertsog Bekingem [Duke of Buckingham]
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Buckingham, who continued in office as chief minister into the reign of James's son, Charles I, was responsible for a policy of war against Spain and France, and was assassinated by a Puritan fanatic, John Felton, in 1628 as he prepared an expedition to r
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Gamsun [Knut Hamsun]
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Knut Hamsun 91859-1952), Nobel Prize winner, Norvegian writer who has been highly admired by readers all over the world and who has been banned in Russia after 1940s because he supported Nazis...
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Gennadii Ziuganov [Gennadii Ziuganov]
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Gennady Andreyevich Zyuganov (born 1944) is a Russian politician, First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (since 1993), Chairman of the Union of Communist Parties - Communist Party of the Soviet Union (UCP-CPSU) (since 2001), depu
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Minin i Pozharskii [Minin and Pozharskii]
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Kuzma Minin (died 1616) was a Russian merchant from Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, who, together with Prince Dmitry Pozharsky, became a national hero for his role in defending the country against the Polish invasion in the early-17th century. Dmitry Mikhaylovic
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Verlen [Paul Verlaine]
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Paul-Marie Verlaine was a French poet associated with the Symbolist movement. He is considered one of the greatest representatives of the fin de sicle in international and French poetry.
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Kataev: Pogonia za vechnoi vesnoi [Kataev] Biography
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В книге представлена первая подробная биография выдающегося прозаика и поэта, тонкого мастера слова Валентина Петровича Катаева (1897-1986), лишенная идеологической предвзятости. Немногие знают, что писатель происходил из старинного священнического рода,
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Griboedov [Aleksandr Griboedov]
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For the first time in Russian, the artistic and scientific biography of Aleksandr Sergeevich Griboedov, author of 'Woe from Wit,' a brilliant musician, diplomat, and lover of women, is available. This book, based on archived documents, presents an authen
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Rokossovskii [Konstantin Rokossovskiy]
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Rokossovskiy was a Polish-origin Soviet career officer who was a Marshal of the Soviet Union, as well as Marshal of Poland and Polish Defence Minister. He was famously known for his service in the Eastern Front, where he received high esteem for his outs
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Iliushin [Sergey Vladimirovich Ilyushin]
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Biographies. Memoirs
Ilyushin was a Soviet aircraft designer who founded the Ilyushin aircraft design bureau. He became interested in aviation in 1910 and was qualified as a pilot in World War I. After obtaining a degree in engineering from the Air Force Academy in 1926, he s
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Boris El'tsin [Boris Nikolaevich Yeltsin]
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A biography of the controversial Boris El'tsin, who rose up in the ranks of the Communist Party during the Gorbachev years, was kicked out of the party, staged a political comeback and became the first President of an independent Russia.
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Leonid Leonov [Leonid Leonov]
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Zahar Prilepin, one of the most known young writers, offers the version of the biography of last Russian classic Leonid Leonov who has lived a life full of tragical collisions. Separate chapters are devoted to Leonov's difficult relationships with Esenin,
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Arkadii Averchenko [Arkady Averchenko]
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Arkady Averchenko is a "king of laughter", Russian Mark Twain, author of many short stories, editor of satirical magazines. His personality still remains a puzzle and his life is full of riddles: he never got married, his pamphlets got high reviews from V
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Lzhedmitry I [False Dmitriy I]
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He was one of three impostors who claimed during the Time of Troubles to be the youngest son of Ivan the Terrible, tsarevitch Dmitriy Ivanovich, who had supposedly escaped a 1591 assassination attempt. It is generally believed that the real Dmitriy was as
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Bagration [General Peter Bagration]
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Prince Pyotr Ivanovich Bagration served as a Russian general. He was an ethnic Georgian and descendant of the Georgian royal family of the Bagrations. In 1812 Bagration commanded the 2nd army of the West, and though defeated at Mogilev, rejoined the main
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Lefort [Franz Lefort]
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Biography of Franz Lefort (1656-1699) who has been very close to Peter the Great. Franz Lefort was a Russian military figure of Swiss origin, general admiral, and close associate of Peter the Great. Franz Lefort came from a merchant family, and was born i
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Ivan VI Antonovich [Ivan VI of Russia]
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Ivan VI Antonovich of Russia was proclaimed Emperor of Russia in 1740, as an infant, although he never actually reigned. Within less than a year, he was overthrown by the Empress Elizabeth of Russia, Peter I's daughter.
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Omar Khaiam [Omar Khayy m]
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He is best known for his poetry, and outside Iran, for the quatrains (rubaiyaas). His substantial mathematical contributions include his Treatise on Demonstration of Problems of Algebra, which gives a geometric method for solving cubic equations by inters
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Sulla [Sulla]
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Sulla was a Roman general and a conservative politician, holding the office of consul twice as well as the dictatorship.
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Vasilii Shuiskii [Vassily Shuisky] Full biography
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Имя царя Василия Ивановича Шуйского связано с самыми тяжелыми страницами в истории русской Смуты начала XVII века - восстанием Болотникова, осадой Москвы Тушинским Вором, открытой интервенцией польского короля Сигизмунда III, катастрофическим поражением р
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