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Jack Black is playing R.L. Stine in the 'Goosebumps' movie | /Film


And the plot is quite meta.

In Goosebumps, upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.


Gaito Gazdanov (1903-1971) was an Ossetian émigré writer and in my opinion one of the most underrated figures in literary history. Despite being one of the most celebrated Ossetian writers in history, Gazdanov was relatively obscure during his life time and still is today. He made his living as a factory worker and taxi driver in Paris where he hosted radio programs on Russian Literature under the pseudonym  Georgi Cherkasov. The first English translations of his novels began to appear in the 1950s but Gazdanov never achieved much commercial success in his lifetime. His works were banned in the USSR due to Gazdanov fighting for the White Army during the Russian civil war and being a large Bolshevik opponent. It wasn’t until the 1990s that Gazdanov received his rightful place in Russian literary history. 

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