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What Did George Orwell Name the Torture Chamber in His Novel?

George Orwell was known for his significant contribution to literature. He wrote six novels and several essays in his time. One of his notable works is the book Animal Farm. But did you know the controversy behind his work entitled 1984?  The torture chamber in George Orwell’s novel 1984 was named Room 101 after a …

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What Happened to Franz Kafka?

Franz Kafka’s brilliance was acknowledged worldwide years after his death. Although short-lived, Franz Kafka produced many literary works that continue to influence writers in various genres. His legacy lives on with his compositions.  Many would wonder about the great author. Unfortunately, Franz Kafka suffered from laryngeal tuberculosis. He was struggling to eat or drink due …

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Who Originally Published Frank Herbert’s Book Dune?

If you are a fan of the Dune saga, you’d be surprised to know that Frank Herbert had to go to different publishing companies before the first book was published. But which company took a leap of faith? After several rejections, the Chilton Book Company published the first edition of Frank Herbert’s Dune series. Before …

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How Did Cleopatra Attract Potential Allies?

Cleopatra is one of the well-known women in history. She was especially famed for her intellect and beauty. She was also popular for her love affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Cleopatra believed she was a goddess amongst men. She always staged a clever entrance to entice and woo potential allies. She would make …

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The Finnish government recently invested €98 million in a new central library. Finnish writers receive library royalties—they are almost as much per borrowed book as the royalty for each paperback sold.

How Finland Rebranded Itself as a Literary Country Here’s the thing about us Finns: we haven’t traditionally been very good at branding. In fact, seeing the brand-led global success stories originating from Sweden (IKEA, H&M, Spotify, Skype, Absolut Vodka, ABBA, Stieg Larsson, etc.), we’ve been overcome with jealousy. In Finland, we’ve been known only for …

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The crime that led Sisyphus to push a boulder was cheating death. He made his wife not bury him properly before he died, chained death, and tricked Persephone into letting him briefly return to earth to scold his wife and ran away instead of returning to hell.

Sisyphus Sisyphus was the king of Ephyra (Corinth) in Greek mythology. He was the son of King Aeolus of Thessaly and Enarete. He founded Ephyra, which he ruled over as its first king. His spouse was the nymph Merope, with whom he had four children; Glaucus, Ornytion, Almus, and Thersander. Although Sisyphus helped its city …

The crime that led Sisyphus to push a boulder was cheating death. He made his wife not bury him properly before he died, chained death, and tricked Persephone into letting him briefly return to earth to scold his wife and ran away instead of returning to hell. Read More »