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10 facts about Vincent Van Gogh

I have always been fascinated with the well known artist and works of Vincent van Gogh.

Below are 10  facts to help wet your appetite to learn more about him:

Vincent Van Gogh facts

 

1- Vincent had an older brother who died at birth. His name was also Vincent van Gogh.

2- In a short period of ten years Van Gogh made approximately 900 paintings.

3- Vincent only sold one painting during his lifetime and only became famous after his death.

4- Vincent van Gogh did not cut off his ear. He only cut off a small portion of his ear lobe.

5- Van Gogh wrote over 800 letters in his lifetime. The majority of them written to his brother and closest friend Theo.

6- He Suffered from Schizophrenia and Other Mental Health Problems.

7- He Loved Japanese Artistry.

8- Vincent shot himself in a wheatfield in Auvers, France but did not die until 2 days later at the age of 37.

9- His brother Theo died six months after Vincent and is buried next to him in Auvers, France.

10- Vincent van Gogh’s most famous work and my favorite is Starry Night, c.1889 and was created while staying in an asylum in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France

5 websites to get free Books

If you’ve ever wondered whether there are other places to score free books, today is your lucky day.

With all the great digital technology around, we don’t need a tree to make a book anymore and a lot of people are choosing the convenience of digital content over actual books. I still buy books whenever I have the chance to but being the hungry reader that I am and knowing that I can’t always find the latest books in Moroccan bookstores, I end up buying or downloading free eBooks on my iPad.

5 websites to get free books

Here are 3 sites and sources for getting free eBooks (yes, free!) for all of you virtual bookworms:

1. Open Library:

There are over 1 million books in this database.

open library

2. Get Free EBooks:

All the ebooks within the site are legal downloadable free ebooks and you can choose your books from a variety of books. 

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3. Many Books:

This website provides21.282 free eBooks and you can easily browse for them through the most popular titles, recommendations or recent reviews for visitors. 

many books

4. Book Boon:

Book Boon Provides free ebooks in PDF format. No registration is required.

book boon

5. Project Gutenberg:

This website has the largest collection of public domain books. These are the books that out of copyright and available for anyone to use for any purpose. Lots of books from the world’s greatest fiction authors such as Dickens, Joyce, Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Anton Chekov and Edgar Allan Poe fall into this category.

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3 movies to visit Iran

Iranian Cinema is a rich and diverse one. The history of film as an art form in Iran dates back to 1904. Today it is a true testament of resilience and it serves as a veracious voice through which Iran can tell its varied and compelling stories.

iranian movies

This is a list of 5 movies that I believe everyone should watch:

The Stoning of Soraya M:

Set in 1986 Iran at the start of Khomeini’s reign, this is the true story of Soraya  played by Mozhan Marnò, whose husband plots to have falsely accused her of adultery so he can divorce her and marry a young girl. French journalist Freidoune is pulled into Soraya’s tragic story when he meets a desperate woman named Zahra who wants him to “take her voice with him.”

Separation:

Separation won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012. The story is about a woman who wants to leave Iran in order to find better opportunities for her daughter. Her husband refuses to go because his father has Alzheimer and requires constant care. In this decision, the film turns out to be a much more complex story than the dissolution of a marriage. It becomes a study of separation between husband and wife, parent and child, creditor and debtor, employer and employee and truth and justice. 

Sepideh:

The story is about Sepideh’s dream of going to university and then becoming an astronaut. Against the wishes of her family and the Iranian society, she spends her evenings exploring the universe. After several years, she teams up with the world’s first female space tourist Anousheh Ansari.

What is your favorite iranian movie?

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