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  1. Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was such a book for me. McMurphy, the main character of the story, became for me a guiding star and an example of the person I would like to be like. His words really “became my life motto:” Well, at least I tried, damn it, at least I tried!”

  2. In the 5th grade, I read “The Master and Margarita” and didn't understand much, but I was very impressed. I decided to reread it. Then I realized a lot, the idea of eternal and self-forgetful love between people stuck in my head, and the fact that you will definitely receive (no matter from God, from the devil or from someone else) a reward if you did not give in to your principles, or punishment if you gave up what is dear to you.

    At the age of 13-14, after reading Seliger's The Catcher in the Rye, I was struck by the fact that in the book all my thoughts, everything was removed from my language, only characters with foreign names. She rather supported me and helped me start a long and difficult path to my goal, which still needed to be determined!

  3. Most of all, I was influenced by the Bhagavad-gita as it Is and other books by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Although I had previously graduated from philology, I read many books on philosophy, psychology, esotericism, science pop, and fiction. I can say with confidence that even if you do not see what you can follow in his books, you will certainly take a fresh look at the world and learn to distinguish between truth and lies both for individuals and at the level of states and the entire planet)))

  4. My Top 3:

    1. Vasily Kandinsky. “Point and line on a plane”

    2. Marshall McLuhan. “Understanding Media”

    3. Leo Tolstoy. “Confession”

    All of them served not only as food for thought at the turning points of my life, but also, I think, determined and determine my further development.

  5. From the last reading, I was very hooked by a collection of essays by Denis Grozdanovich called “the art of doing almost nothing”

    The book is amazing, impresses with the author's quick mind, his deep knowledge and interest in literature, and his subtle humor, which fits so well into serious reasoning.

  6. Most of all, I was influenced by the book of the great alcoholic, parasite, political commissar and humorist Jaroslaw Hasek “The Adventures of the brave soldier Schweik during the World War”.

    I learned from it that there are effective methods of dealing with all kinds of idiots. Josef Schweik may not be the best example to follow, but I learned from his adventures to look at others much more calmly and condescendingly. This is useful

  7. It's hard to say which books have influenced me the most, but it's probably worth highlighting the following:

    From fiction, this is” The Left Hand of Darkness ” by Ursula LeGuin. After that, it became clear to me that, in general, there is no clear line between science fiction and fantasy, that the boundaries of canons can and should be violated, and that “correct” fiction is world – building from scratch.

    Then, oddly enough, it is Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. I must say that at school I was only able to read half of this book, and then I threw up from it. The other half was “spoilt” by the literature classes we took together. But it was this book that made me take up the pen – or rather, first the pencil, then the keyboard.

    In general, these two books made it clear to me that I want to write science fiction and fantasy, and high-quality. And for quality, you need to have a superficial but broad understanding of science, technology, history, culture, languages – in general, everything. And this interest for the rest of my life determined my reading style – now I even read fiction not so much for pleasure as for the sake of developing my style. I won't say it's a good thing, but it just so happened.

    Already in the wake of this interest, the following three books had a special impact on me. All three are characterized by bringing together seemingly disparate areas.

    First, it is “Language as an Instinct” by Steven Pinker. I tried to create languages for my fantasy worlds, and I learned a lot about them and linguistics in general from this book.

    Second, it's “Guns, Germs, and Steel” by Jared Diamond. A simple, concise explanation of why some cultures develop and others do not, not from the point of view of geographical determinism, but from the point of view of geographical boundaries. Since then, every time I take a bite of bread, the thought flashes through my head that it contains 14% protein, while in rice and corn-2-3%.

    Finally, the third book is The King's New Mind by Roger Penrose. It brings together seemingly completely unrelated areas of physics and mathematics into a single picture, giving an idea of the elegance of the entire surrounding world.

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