Gentleman from San Francisco and Other Stories

Gentleman from San Francisco and Other Stories

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by Ivan Bunin
     
 

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A much neglected literary figure, Ivan Bunin is one of Russia's major writers and ranks with Tolstoy and Chekhov at the forefront of the Russian Realists. Drawing artistic inspiration from his personal experience, these powerful, evocative stories are set in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Russia of his youth, in the countries that he visited and

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A much neglected literary figure, Ivan Bunin is one of Russia's major writers and ranks with Tolstoy and Chekhov at the forefront of the Russian Realists. Drawing artistic inspiration from his personal experience, these powerful, evocative stories are set in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Russia of his youth, in the countries that he visited and in France, where he spent the last thirty years of his life. In the title story, for example, a family's tour of fashionable European resorts comes to an unexpected end; 'Late Hour' describes an old man's return to the little Russian town in the steppes that he has not seen since his early youth; while 'Mitya's Love' explores the darker emotional reverberations of sexual experience. Throughout his stories there is a sense of the precariousness of existence, an omnipresent awareness of the impermanence of human aspirations and achievements.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140185522
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1992
Series:
Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin Series
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
757,109
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 7.69(h) x 0.47(d)

Meet the Author

Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin (1870 – 1953) was the first Russian writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. The texture of his poems and stories, sometimes referred to as "Bunin brocade", is one of the richest in the language. His last book of fiction, The Dark Avenues (1943), is arguably the most widely read 20th-century collection of short stories in Russia.

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gentleman from San Francisco, and other stories 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This is a collection of short stories that will invoke the imagination with the detailed writing to form a picture in the mind. From the sudden loss in 'The Gentleman from San Francisco', to the pain felt in 'Mitya's Love'. Bunnins' writing will bring emotion to the forefront.