Ivan Bunin by Thomas Gaiton Marullo
From the Other Shore, 1920-1933: A Portrait from Letters, Diaries, and Fiction

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In this second volume of his major work on Bunin, the neglected master of Russian letters, Thomas Marullo recreates his life in exile, chiefly in Paris, after escaping from his newly bolshevized country in 1920. Drawing from Bunin's correspondence, his diaries, and his stories, and translating most of these materials into English for the first time, Mr. Marullo gives us a vivid picture of a man suddenly and agonizingly without a country. Bunin's life and art, which depended so heavily on traditional Russian values, seemed to be overthrown in a moment, and the writer found himself marooned amidst Western culture, clinging to his old ideals. Through his writings we are also provided a window on the lively but despairing and often fractious community of Russian emigrés in Paris in the twenties, which included Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff Chafiapin, Prokofiev, Chagall, Kandinsky, Pavlova, Diaghilev, and Zamyatin. The volume ends in 1933, when Bunin became the first Russian to receive the Nobel Prize in literature. Mr. Marullo's first volume, Ivan Bunin: Russian Requiem, was widely acclaimed. Gary Saul Morson of Northwestern wrote: "It engages the reader from the first page ...Marullo has an eye for the perfect quotation." Ruth Rischin, in the Russian Review, described the book as "elegantly crafted... a serious achievement."

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Published April 1, 1995 by Ivan R. Dee. 347 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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One of the last of Russia's gentry writers, Ivan Bunin (1870-1953) detested modernism, yet his voice seems oddly modern and prescient.

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Viewed by some as a major 20th-century voice, by others as a backward-looking aristocrat, Russian emigre writer Ivan Bunin (1870-1953) was the moral and artistic spokesman for a generation of expatriates who awaited bolshevism's collapse so they could return home.

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While the official Soviet publications vilified the émigrés and celebrated their suffering abroad, Soviet representatives wooed some important intellectuals back to Russia.

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