Life of Arseniev: Youth

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Ivan Bunin was the first Russian writer of the twentieth century to be award the Nobel Prize in literature. Like many other Russian writers, he emigrated after the Revolution and never returned to his homeland; The Life of Arseniev is the major work of his émigré period.

In ways similar to Nabokov's Speak, Memory, Bunin's novel powerfully evokes the atmosphere of Russia in the decades before the Revolution and illuminates those Russian literary and cultural traditions ...

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Overview


Ivan Bunin was the first Russian writer of the twentieth century to be award the Nobel Prize in literature. Like many other Russian writers, he emigrated after the Revolution and never returned to his homeland; The Life of Arseniev is the major work of his émigré period.

In ways similar to Nabokov's Speak, Memory, Bunin's novel powerfully evokes the atmosphere of Russia in the decades before the Revolution and illuminates those Russian literary and cultural traditions eradicated in the Soviet era. This first full English-language edition updates earlier translations, taking as its source the version Bunin revised in 1952, and including an introduction and annotations by Andrew Baruch Wachtel.

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"Bunin's late novel does indeed possess all the best characteristics of his earlier style and approach, developing a richness that is full and autumnal without being in the least decadent. Bunin's descriptive prose is alive in the same absolute sense as that of D. H. Lawrence."

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Written during Bunin's period of self-imposed exile in 1927-28, this work belongs to a popular 19th-century Russian genre: the autobiographical novel. These novels typically depict the narrator's childhood as a joyous time, lived amidst the bucolic Russian landscape. Bunin (1870-1953) carries on the tradition: Arseniev is born into the shabby gentry (like Bunin) and weathers youth's storms in the heart of his loving yet eccentric family. Although Bunin won the Nobel Prize for Literature, he is not well known in the West-a shame given the elegance of his prose. Aside from some lengthy passages of cloying sentimentality, Bunin writes evocatively of the period just before the Russian Revolution. This is a nice companion to Ivan Bunin: Russian Requiem 1885-1920 (LJ 6/1/93), with an excellent introduction by Wachtel (Slavic languages, Northwestern Univ.). Recommended for Russian literature collections.-Diane Gardner Premo, SILS, SUNY at Buffalo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810111721
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 10/26/1994
  • Series: SRLT Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Ivan Bunin was the first Russian writer of the twentieth century to be award the Nobel Prize in literature.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Editor's Introduction
The Life of Arseniev: Youth
Notes
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