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Dark Avenues by Ivan Bunin

Dark Avenues (1943)

by Ivan Bunin

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I gave up about 3/4 of the way through this collection of short stories, because they were just getting to be too much the same. Bunin, a Russian writer who fled after the revolution, wrote this collection in the south of France during the Nazi era "to escape to a different world" as the interesting biographical and critical notes at the end of this edition say. The stories, which mostly take place in the prerevolutionary era (although some take place post-revolution, in French exile), all focus on love, mostly the loss of love, some purely "romantic," others more physical; some trite, some moving, some irritatingly sexist. But what kept me going was Bunin's wonderful depictions of the varied beauties of the Russian countryside, and the often decaying houses and estates within it. Apparently he first set out to be a poet, and these sections are the highlights, for me, of the stories.
  rebeccanyc | Apr 20, 2010 |
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Aplin, Hugh A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The collection consists of the best of his early works – Sukhodol, The Last Rendezvous, Apple Fragrance, The Gentleman from San Francisco – and stories written in his last years – Leka, Sunstroke, Shadowed Paths, and others. They may be called stories about love and about the unforgettable Russian landscape. “For here,” Bunin writes about himself, “in the hushed stillness of the fields... amidst the corn that advanced to our very thresholds, amidst the snowdrifts, my childhood, full of wistful and rare poetry, was spent.”

Bunin is one of the most brilliant Russian writers of the early 20th century. Although Bunin won the Nobel Prize for Literature, he is not well known in the West -- a shame given the elegance of his prose. This is a collection of nine stories by Ivan Bunin (1870-1953), written at different times.

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