Ivan Bunin: Collected Stories

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"The Gentleman from San Francisco" is easily the best known of Ivan Bunin's stories and has achieved the stature of a masterpiece. But Bunin's other stories and novellas are not to be missed. Over the last several years a great many of them have been freshly and brilliantly translated by Graham Hettlinger. Together, along with four new pieces, they are now published in a one-volume paperback collection of Bunin's greatest writings. In Mr. Hettlinger's renderings readers will see why Bunin was regarded by many of his contemporaries as the rightful ...

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Overview

"The Gentleman from San Francisco" is easily the best known of Ivan Bunin's stories and has achieved the stature of a masterpiece. But Bunin's other stories and novellas are not to be missed. Over the last several years a great many of them have been freshly and brilliantly translated by Graham Hettlinger. Together, along with four new pieces, they are now published in a one-volume paperback collection of Bunin's greatest writings. In Mr. Hettlinger's renderings readers will see why Bunin was regarded by many of his contemporaries as the rightful successor to Tolstoy and Chekhov as a master of Russian letters.

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Editorial Reviews

Slavic and East European Journal
[Hettlinger's translations] are a joy to read.
Gary Saul Morson
Ivan Bunin...is one of the finest story writers of the twentieth century, a master of tone and experiment.
Cynthia Ozick
[Bunin is] one of the great literary masters of the twentieth century...[his is a] powerful and pellucid art.
The Wall Street Journal - Richard Lourie
"The translation is graceful and essentially accurate."
Review Of Higher Education - LELIA RUCKENSTEIN
Fluid new translations...this piercingly lyrical collection renders fully the passion of the human heart and the power of memories.
New York Sun
Now we have a new and comprehensive volume of [Bunin's] fiction, Collected Stories of Ivan Bunin, beautifully translated by Graham Hettlinger.
Lelia Ruckenstein
Hettlinger's fluid new translations should help us rediscover an author who, like Chekhov, evocatively portrayed the vanishing world of Russia's large estates after the emancipation of the serfs in 1861. Born in 1870, Bunin witnessed as a child the disintegration of his aristocratic family's own estate. After the 1917 Revolution, he fled the Bolsheviks, never to return. Written between 1900 and 1944, almost all of the 35 stories in this collection—ranging from imagistic sketches and folk legends to tales of obsessive love and eroticism—are aching recreations of Bunin's homeland…Taken together, this piercingly lyrical collection renders fully the passion of the human heart and the power of memories. But what ultimately makes these stories so real and moving is the rich visual detail.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly

Russian exile Bunin (1870-1953), who won the Nobel Prize in 1933, becomes stunningly accessible in this beautiful new translation. Bunin, who fled to France in 1920, gives aching, lyrical glimpses into the vanished past of aristocratic Russia, replete with country estates, artsy Moscow life and the rapidly changing social structure that followed the serfs' emancipation in 1861. Spanning 44 years of Bunin's creative work, the stories include "The Scent of Apples," written in 1900, wherein, who had previously written poetry, begins translating his lyrical visions into prose, as well as work from his middle years such as "Sukhodol," written against the backdrop of WWI and the later losses suffered against the Bolsheviks by the White Army, which Bunin supported. Many of Bunin's post-1920 stories, such as "Ida," "Sunstroke" and "The Elagin Affair," explore the lives of Russian and European sophisticates, focusing on their love affairs and their concern with elegant and refined living. His last stories, for instance "In Paris" and "One Familiar Street," explore the alienation of those who cannot forget the worlds they've lost. Though there are murders and love-suicides, plot is really not the focus of these stories, which are marked by an emotional intensity in remembrance that recalls Proust. (Aug.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566637589
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/25/2007
  • Pages: 398
  • Sales rank: 472,403
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Ivan Bunin won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1933. After the Russian Revolution, he spent his remaining years in exile in France. Graham Hettlinger lives in Bethesda, Maryland.
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