|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.|
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Here is Bunin's great anti-Bolshevik diary of the Russian Revolution, translated into English for the first time. Cursed Days is a chilling account of the last days of the Russian master in his homeland. He recreates the time of revolution and civil war with graphic and gripping immediacy.On July 30, 1925, Vera Muromtseva-Bunina, the wife of the Russian writer Ivan Bunin (who was soon to win the Nobel Prize for Literature), wrote in her diary: "Ian (her name for her husband) has torn up and burned all his diary manuscripts. I am very angry. 'I don't want to be seen in my underwear, ' he told me". Seeing Vera so upset, Bunin confided to her: "I have another diary in the form of a notebook..". This is the diary that Bunin published in 1936 with the title Cursed Days. Set against the backdrop of Moscow and Odessa in 1918 and 1919, it is a scathing account of the Bolshevik takeover and of the last days of the Russian master in his homeland. Banned during the years of Soviet power, Cursed Days is now translated into English for the first time, with an introduction and notes by Thomas Gaiton Marullo, Bunin's foremost interpreter in the West. Cursed Days, Thomas Marullo observes in his introduction, foreshadows the later anti-Soviet memoirs of Nadezhda Mandelstam, Evgeniya Ginzburg, and others, and the rebellions of Bulgakov and Pasternak.
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.