All Writers

All Writers

All Writers
Posted by Rufi Thorpe. 'In January 1908, a feuilleton appeared in the Russkoe Slovo newspaper on the relationship between Russian writers and alcohol. Arzamas leads him completely Alexander Kuprin with friends in a restaurant. Photo by Peter Otsup. St. Petersburg, 1913 © IRLI RAN The French magazine La Revue conceived and carried out an interesting questionnaire on the topic “How and what do French writers drink?”. One of the Petersburg newspapers, inspired by this example, produced a similar questionnaire among Russian writers. And as a result, it was concluded that neither French nor Russian writers take drunken mouths, but only dream of clean spring water. We don’t know how true this is for French writers, but for Russian we decided to check the questionnaire using the method of audiatur et altera pars “You should also listen to the other side” (lat.) .. Since in this case altera pars are bartenders of restaurants visited by Russian writers, then we found ourselves the first duty at the barman of the literary restaurant “Vienna” Restaurant “Vienna” was located at the intersection of Malaya Morskaya and Gorokhovaya streets and was the main gathering place for writers in both St. Petersburg and Moscow. The permanent inhabitants of the restaurant were Kuprin, Gumilyov, Averchenko and Alexey Tolstoy. It is noteworthy that it was in Vienna that the constituent assembly of the All-Russian Football Union was held, so the first national football organization in Russia owed its appearance to Vienna.

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