Cursed Days A Diary of Revolution (Hardcover)
|The Nobel Prize winning author ''s great anti-Bolshevik diary of the Russian Revolution, translated into English for the first time, with an Introduction and Notes by Thomas Gaiton Marullo. A harrowing description of the forerunners of the concentration camps and the Gulag. Marc Raeff.|
From the Publisher:
The first English translation of Bunin's scathing account of the last days of the Russian master in his homeland a work banned during the years of Soviet power. Bunin, one of the last of the gentry tradition of Russian literature, describes his pain and suffering in witnessing the takeover of his country by the Bolsheviks and the chaos of civil war, and his fears for the devastation of patriarchal Russian culture. An introduction and notes are provided by translator Thomas Gaiton Marullo (Russian and Russian Literature, U. of Notre Dame). Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Ivan Bunin describes his origins in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech: I come from an old and noble house that has given to Russia a good many illustrious persons in politics as well as in the arts....All my ancestors had close ties with the soil and the people: they were country gentlemen." Bunin tells how he was a published writer from an early age--writing both poetry and prose--and that he was warded the distinguished Pushkin Prize by the Russian Academy of Sciences. His 11910 novel THE VILLAGE was an honest, non-idealized depiction of the Russian people, which garnered praise from readers as well as criticism from the intellectual class. Bunin left Russia after the Russian Revolution, and traveled widely throughout the world. In 1953, he died in Paris, France.