воскресенье, 29 января 2017 г.

Happy Birthday, dear Anton Pavlovich Chekhov! in English- ebooks, audiobooks, russian-english parallel texts-mp3 podcasts

Anton Chekhov in English-

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (/ˈɛkɔːf-ɒf/;[1]RussianАнто́н Па́влович Че́ховpronounced [ɐnˈton ˈpavləvʲɪtɕ ˈtɕɛxəf]; 29 January 1860[2] – 15 July 1904)[3] was a Russian physician, playwrightand author who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short stories in history. His career as a playwright produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics.[4][5] Chekhov practiced as a medical doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife", he once said, "and literature is my mistress."[6] Along with Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg, Chekhov is often referred to as one of the three seminal figures in the birth of early modernism in the theater

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среда, 25 января 2017 г.

‘1984’: Why George Orwell’s Classic Is On The Best-Seller List After Donald Trump’s Election- Nineteen Eighty-Four -1949 dystopian novel by George Orwell

‘1984’: Why George Orwell’s Classic Is On The Best-Seller List After Donald Trump’s Election

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Okay, this is really alarming. Sales of George Orwell’s dystopian novel ‘1984’ have skyrocketed ever since Donald Trump was sworn in as president. We’ve got the details on how the book published in 1949 about life in a futuristic totalitarian state is now a best seller again in 2017.

It’s looking more and more like George Orwell was looking towards 2017 when he wrote the disturbing fiction novel 1984. The tale of life under an all-powerful leader known as Big Brother where individual thought is discouraged has surged into Amazon’s top 10 in sales. The development follows President Donald Trump‘s advisor Kellyanne Conway, 50, using the term “alternative facts” to defend lies that his inauguration was the most attended in history. It’s like the book is coming true, as it seems that the president’s administration is doing everything they can to dilute truths they don’t like and turn them into propaganda that supports the tycoon favorably.
As of Jan. 24, the novel sits at number two on Amazon’s best sellers list, as many readers are revisiting the tale of life in Oceania. Residents of the superstate are under constant surveillance with total propaganda that only allows for favorable accounts of the mysterious leader known as Big Brother. With all of the craziness that has come in the five days since Donald, 70, became our 45th president, the book seems to be frighteningly timely.

Nineteen Eighty-Four, often published as 1984, is a dystopian novel by English author George Orwell published in 1949
The novel is set in Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain), a province of the superstate Oceaniain a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public manipulation. The superstate and its residents are dictated to by a political regime euphemistically named English Socialism, shortened to "Ingsoc" in Newspeak, the government's invented language. The superstate is under the control of the privileged elite of the Inner Party, a party and government that persecutes individualism and independent thinking as "thoughtcrime".[3]The "thoughtcrime" is enforced by the "ThoughtPolice"
The tyranny is ostensibly overseen by Big Brother, the Party leader who enjoys an intense cult of personality, but who may not even exist. The Party "seeks power entirely for its own sake. It is not interested in the good of others; it is interested solely in power."[4] The protagonist of the novel, Winston Smith, is a member of the Outer Party, who works for the Ministry of Truth (or Minitrue in Newspeak), which is responsible for propaganda and historical revisionism. His job is to rewrite past newspaper articles, so that the historical record always supports the party line

вторник, 24 января 2017 г.

Book of the day: " Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs" by Douglas Smith

"[Douglas Smith's] scrupulous, insightful and thorough study will surely be the definitive account of one of the most controversial personalities of Russian (and European) history . . . Mr. Smith's research busts various Rasputin myths through a careful analysis of contemporary sources and a meticulous attention to the archives . . . All of this Mr. Smith presents lucidly, vividly and sympathetically . . . Rasputin is sharply drawn and unmistakable." ―Edward Lucas, The Wall Street Journal
“Douglas Smith has delivered the definitive biography [of Rasputin] that is brilliantly gripping, as hypnotic, wild and erotic in its revelations as the Mad Monk himself, sensitive in its human portrait, astute in its political analysis, superbly researched with rich new material gathered in faraway archives, and populated with the zaniest cast of the deranged Romanovs, depraved bishops, whores, mountebanks, adventuresses, mystics and murderers.” ―Simon Sebag Montefiore, Evening Standard (UK)
“From the opening pages of his colossal biography of Grigory Rasputin, the historian Douglas Smith dismantles many of the myths enshrouding the monk who exerted inordinate influence over Nicholas II and Alexandra, emperor and empress of Russia, during the twilight of the Romanov dynasty a century ago . . . In Mr. Smith’s telling, Rasputin was neither a sinner nor a saint, and very much a product of his time.” ―Steven Lee Myers, The New York Times
“Definitive.” ―Anne Applebaum, Harper's Magazine
“Superb and authoritative.” ―Donald Rayfield, Literary Review (UK)
“This brilliantly written, meticulously researched account of the life of Rasputin is the best, most complete and accurate I have ever read. Step by step, day by day, week by week, Douglas Smith tells the story from its humble beginnings, through its obscene sexual chapters, to its violent end. He describes how a peasant became ‘our Friend’ to the last emperor and empress of Russia. He explains why this dependency came at a terrible cost for the imperial couple, for their children, for Russia, and for the twentieth-century world. Readers will begin by saying that this is an impossible story to believe. They will read on because, in Douglas Smith’s mesmerizing telling, it must be believed. And because it did happen.” ―Robert K. Massie, author of Catherine the Great
“A big book about a big figure in the demise of tsarism. Douglas Smith supplies chapter and verse on the extraordinary life of Grigory Rasputin, the eminence grise behind the Romanov throne. Without denying the salacious and corrupt ways of the ‘holy man,’ the book brilliantly and thoughtfully defends Rasputin against the worst of the myths that swirled around him. A tour de force.” ―Robert Service, author of The End of the Cold War: 1985–1991 and Lenin: A Biography

“Some years ago, when working on a historical novel, I had to read all the existing Rasputin biographies―and they do abound, in all literary styles and in many languages. What a pity that Douglas Smith’s Rasputin had not yet been published; it would have saved me a lot of time. If you are interested in the story of the Romanovs’ pet prophet, this is the book to read.” ―Boris Akunin, author of The Coronation

пятница, 20 января 2017 г.

La La Land - 2016 American romantic musical comedy-drama film starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone

La La Land - 2016 American romantic musical comedy-drama film
 starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone

La La Land is a 2016 American romanticmusical comedy-drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan GoslingEmma StoneJohn Legend and Rosemarie DeWitt. The plot follows a musician and an aspiring actress who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles. The film's title refers both to the city of Los Angeles and to the idiom for being out of touch with reality.
La La Land received critical acclaim upon its release, and was regarded as one of the best films of 2016. Critics praised Chazelle's screenplay and direction, Gosling and Stone's performances, Justin Hurwitz's musical score and the film's musical numbers. At the 74th Golden Globe Awards, the film set a record for the most awards won by a single film, winning seven awards: Best Motion Picture – Musical or ComedyBest DirectorBest Actor (for Gosling), Best Actress (for Stone), Best ScreenplayBest Original Score and Best Original Song ("City of Stars").

понедельник, 16 января 2017 г.

Film of the year: Arrival -2016 science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve

Arrival -2016 science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve

Arrival is a 2016 science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heisserer, based on the 1998 short story "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang. It stars Amy AdamsJeremy RennerForest WhitakerMichael Stuhlbarg and Tzi Ma
In what appears to be a flashback scene, linguist Louise Banks is caring for her daughter, who dies during adolescence from cancer. In the present, while Louise is lecturing at a university, twelve extraterrestrialspacecraft appear across the planet. U.S. ArmyColonel Weber asks her to join a team, with physicist Ian Donnelly, to decipher their language and find out why they have come to Earth. The team is brought to a U.S. military camp in Montana near one of the spacecraft, and makes contact with two seven-limbed aliens on board. They call the extraterrestrials "heptapods", and Ian nicknames them Abbott and Costello. Louise discovers that they have a written language of complicated circular symbols, and begins to learn the symbols that correspond to a basic vocabulary. As she becomes more proficient, she starts to see and dream vivid images of herself with her daughter.

воскресенье, 15 января 2017 г.

BBC TV 2017- Sherlock, Series 4, episodes 1-3

The Final Problem

Series 4 Episode 3 of 3

In the final episode of this series, written by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, long-buried secrets finally catch up with the Baker Street duo. Someone has been playing a very long game indeed and, alone and defenceless, Sherlock and Dr Watson face their greatest ever challenge. Is the game finally over?

The Lying Detective

Series 4 Episode 2 of 3
Sherlock faces perhaps the most chilling enemy of his long career: the powerful and seemingly unassailable Culverton Smith - a man with a very dark secret indeed.

Sherlock waits to see where Moriarty will make his posthumous move. One mysterious case in particular baffles Scotland Yard, but Sherlock is more interested in a seemingly trivial detail. Why is someone destroying images of the late prime minister Margaret Thatcher? Is there a madman on the loose? Or is there a much darker purpose at work? Something with its roots deep in Mary Watson's past...

A Series of Unfortunate Events- 2017 American drama television series- A weird, gothic comedy from Netflix

 2017 American drama television series- 
A weird, gothic comedy from Netflix

A Series of Unfortunate Events, is an American drama television series from Netflix]based on the children's novel series of the same name by Lemony Snicket. It stars Neil Patrick Harris and premiered on January 13, 2017.When a mysterious fire destroys their home and kills their parents, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to live with their distant relative Count Olaf, who forces them into servitude.
"Enjoyably dark, A Series of Unfortunate Events matches the source material's narrative as well as its tone, leaving viewers with a wonderfully weird, dry, gothic comedy.

суббота, 14 января 2017 г.

Victoria 2016 ITV British drama television series

Victoria 2016 ITV British drama television series -

Victoria is a British drama television series created by Daisy Goodwin and starring Jenna Coleman.
Victoria premiered on 28 August 2016 on ITV. The first series consisted of eight episodes, and concluded on 9 October 2016
The first series depicts the first few years of the reign of Queen Victoria, played by Jenna Coleman, from her accession to the throne at the age of eighteen, to her intense friendship and infatuation with Lord Melbourne, to her courtship and early marriage to Prince Albert(played by Tom Hughes) and finally to the birth of their first child, Victoria.

Educational Youtube Channel of the year:" The School of life- Английский образовательный Youtube-канал под руководством поп-философа Alain de Botton

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 The School of Life is a global organisation devoted to emotional education. We're fascinated by the sort of questions we're never taught enough about at school or college: How can relationships go well? What is meaningful work? How can love last? How can one find calm? What's gone wrong (and right) with capitalism? We love the humanities, especially philosophy, psychotherapy, literature and art - always going to them in search of ideas that are thought-provoking, useful and consoling. We're about wisdom, emotional intelligence and self-understanding.

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