Table of contents:
- Vladimir Pozner
- Viacheslav Polunin
- Viacheslav Butusov
- Oleg Menshikov
- Boris Akunin
- Konstantin Raikin
- Mikhail Efremov
Books, despite the development of television and the Internet, always remain in demand and relevant. Books are invariably in demand and are published in thousands of copies today. Many celebrities even make their own list of references, works from which they are ready to recommend to their many fans. It turns out that famous people read not only classics, there are a variety of books on their list of preferences.
Most of the literary preferences of a famous journalist are just the classics. It is the classic works, according to Vladimir Pozner, that have a positive impact on the formation of a person's personality. In the first place in the personal rating of the presenter is the immortal novel by Alexandre Dumas "The Three Musketeers". Posner is ready to re-read it constantly, noting its eternal value thanks to the declared values: friendship, love, honor.
The presenter's acquaintance with the book by Mark Twain "Tom Sawyer" began in early childhood, when his mother read aloud to him. Today Vladimir Pozner admits that Tom Sawyer is himself. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger is also written about Vladimir Pozner himself, but The Master and Margarita raises many questions in him that he wanted to ask not just anyone, but Woland himself. The journalist considers Dostoevsky to be a genius writer and at the same time a bad person. For a good one cannot understand all those vices that are described in his works. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey became a book that made it possible to understand forever: there are no vain attempts in any business.
The famous Asishai does not like depressing books and conversations, for him the word "fool" is not an insult, but a synonym for happiness. He re-read all of Dostoevsky, and Exupery's "The Little Prince" for Vyacheslav Polunin is, first of all, the phrase "We are responsible for those we have tamed." He is close to Gorky with his humor, tightly intertwined with tragedy, he considers Daniil Kharms to be his teacher, and "The Master and Margarita" is a reflection of one of the sides of his personality. In the library of Vyacheslav Polunin there are many books about the history of the carnival, and the main one is “The Creativity of Francois Rabelais and the Folk Culture of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance” by Mikhail Bakhtin.
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The musician is very selective in the choice of literature for reading, for he is afraid of being poisoned by a poor-quality work, like poison. The list of books that influenced his life includes Bulgakov's Master and Margarita, Forest Gump by Winston Grum, and The Khazar Dictionary by Milorad Pavich. But the main place in life is occupied by the Second Gospel, in which he and his wife consider the words about love written by the Apostle Paul the most important.
According to the deep conviction of the actor, some works were written not by the author himself, but by some higher mind, which suggested the necessary words to the writer. However, he questions the authorship of William Shakespeare thanks to the work of Ilya Gililov "The Game about William Shakespeare, or the Mystery of the Great Phoenix." Nevertheless, Oleg Menshikov considers Shakespeare himself the main playwright in the world. The actor and director loves Dostoevsky's work, dreams of playing Porfiry Petrovich. And Oleg Menshikov considers the Bible to be not just a text, but a book that carries some kind of unsolved code.
The writer has been reading since childhood, literally emptying all libraries within reach. He was interested in everything that was written not about modernity. Historical novels were favorite books for him. But at the same time, he rarely returned to what he had read, preferring to look for new books: Heinrich Mann, Alexei Tolstoy, Vladimir Neff, Yukio Mishima. Boris Akunin still remembers what an indelible impression these authors made on him.
Naturally, he also read detectives, and he did not like Agatha Christie, because there was no fear in her detectives, but he considers the feeling of horror that grips Arthur Conan Doyle as a manifestation of the author's talent, capable of conveying physical reactions with the help of words. A separate place in the literary predilections of Boris Akunin is occupied by the biographies of great people, in which the personality of a genius is visible.
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The artistic director of the Satyricon Theater has his own relationship with literature. He could read The Hound of the Baskervilles for four whole years, because he was interested and very scared at the same time. However, the most terrible Konstantin Raikin calls "Murder on Morgue Street" by Edgar Poe. Dostoevsky and his "Notes from the Underground" amazed the actor by telling the story of Raikin himself. For a long time he did not perceive Kafka, but "Metamorphosis" opened for him the formula of life. Alexander Ostrovsky for Raikin is a fashionable and modern playwright, in whom there is no falsehood.
The actor prefers emotional literature, which makes, by his own admission, "either weep or laugh". Therefore, he loves Chekhov and has a very cool attitude towards Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. He literally fell ill with the play "Sharmanka" by Andrey Platonov in the late 1980s. He loves "The same Munchausen" by Grigory Gorin, constantly remembering the words: "A smart face is not a sign of intelligence." And as a child, his favorite author was Hans Christian Anderson, especially his "Snow Queen".
"I read after tea", "I read all evening", "I read Alix aloud", "I read a lot", "I managed to read for myself" - such entries in the personal diary of Nicholas II made every day. Reading was an integral and very important part of the life of the royal family. The range of their interests covered both serious historical literature and entertainment novels.