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Ivan Bunin is one of the most neglected of modern Russian writers, despite the fact that he won a Nobel Prize for Literature (1933). This can partly be attributed to his not writing a massive novel like "War and Peace" or an agonized fiction like "Crime and Punishment." He was a writer who flourished after the so-called "golden age" of the nineteenth century. His chief novels "The Village" and "The Life of Arseniev today are forgotten--even hard to find! He wrote about the passing of the old order in Russia, the patriarchel world, that ended with the Revolution of 1917. Yet he is a classic, something granted by most critics, though his oeuvre is not great. One of the many emigres from revolutionary Russia, he lived in the south of France since 1920, where he carried on his writing, aided by his wife Vera, and encouraged by other emigres. "Memories and Portraits" was issued in 1951, two years before his death. It is a colorful reminiscence of his past friendships, with Chekhov, Tolstoy, Gorki, even the renowned opera singer Chaliapin--among others. These are all personal recollections, full of anecdotes of the Russian literary and artistic world and cover fifty years. Not a few of these stories are gossipy and amusing. Well worth reading.
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