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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Considered one of the most influential authors of twentieth century Russian Literature, Ivan Bunin's "Dark Avenues" is the culmination of a life's work which unrelentingly questioned of the political doxa whilst taking his poetic mastery of language to dark new heights. Written between and and set in the context of a disintegrating Russian culture, this collectio Considered one of the most influential authors of twentieth century Russian Literature, Ivan Bunin's "Dark Avenues" is the culmination of a life's work which unrelentingly questioned of the political doxa whilst taking his poetic mastery of language to dark new heights.
Written between and and set in the context of a disintegrating Russian culture, this collection of short fiction centres around dark, erotic liaisons told with a rich, elegaic poetics which probes the artistic limits of depicting desire. A prolific writer and fierce political activist, Bunin became the first Russian to win the Nobel prize for Literature in and was highly influential on his contemporary Russian emigres, Checkov and Nabokov.
The "Dark Avenues" is the zenith of his work and one of the most important Russian texts to come out of the twentieth century. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. More Details Other Editions 2.
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This is one of his most famous works, a collection of short stories few go over 10 pages whose themes are remarkably consistent: men and women falling in love and having sex.
This might sound a little trite and, af "Let there just be what there is This might sound a little trite and, after a while, dull, but Bunin is such a fine and subtle stylist that you won't care.
Plus, most of the stories involve either some kind of illicit love or, frequently, doomed love. That isn't to say there's not an underlying beauty and joy even to the darker tales. There is, and throwing desperation into relief against passion is Bunin's strong point.
Jun 15, Bob Newman rated it it was amazing. Russian Romeos Clik in Stix Bunin definitely had the genius of description and literary construction possessed by the older generations of Russian writers. As an exile from his homeland after the revolution, he also preserved in loving detail upper-class Russian life and its accoutrements for posterity.
Snow, carriages and coachmen, servants, samovars, and country houses. He wrote many kinds of stories, as well as poetry, but this book is a collection of forty stories about love. Very few Russian Romeos Clik in Stix Bunin definitely had the genius of description and literary construction possessed by the older generations of Russian writers.
Very few of them end well, most have a desperate or fatalistic tone. On top of that, mores have changed, at least in the West. Outright rapes do not at least to me count as "love story" material. But such was that society of Czarist Russia where peasant girls and servants were obviously fair game. Many of the stories concern love affairs conducted at country estates or in summer dachas. Other girls from the lower class are just forgotten, a prostitute is murdered "Miss Clara" , husbands kill wives, lovers kill rivals, there are suicides and seductions galore, young love, old love, careless love, the faithful and the faithless.
Then there is the mystery of why we are attracted to someone, perhaps someone entirely inappropriate "A Riverside Inn". Perhaps it would have been better to have a book with all sorts of themes instead of only harping on varieties of love. Dark Avenues indeed if life is so gloomyif death cancels all the colors and warmth of existence, should we look upon life as always a tragedy?
Why not be glad to be alive? It's a gift. Love should banish angst and gloom, not encourage it. I guess I was not entirely satisfied with these stories, even if happy endings are not always realistic. Nevertheless you can't but be impressed with the writing ability of Ivan Bunin who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in Jul 08, L.
Popovich rated it it was amazing Shelves: great-masterpieces , reviewed. In it are a slew of great short-short pieces of sexual epiphany so startling and real that they each seem like gems of experience, encapsulated in brief encounters. Bunin is a master of description like his predecessors, but he does it in his own way.
He does not shy away from showing people as they are. One gets a sense of place from his work that makes all of his characters feel real. His mastery lies in the details he builds up around these miserable and joyous people.
Many of the characters bleed into one another — one gets a sense of an aristocratic man, engaging in many many fateful encounters with prostitutes and other women of good faith, falling in and out of love over and over again, and carrying away a tremendous burden of having betrayed them all.
Bunin, it seems was a man overburdened with love. He must have loved women and loved the world, to depict them both with so much devotion and splendor. Of course there are real women characters in his fiction too, I think, and not just the stock of the genre trade. They breathe and live their own lives and enact their form of revenge on the male characters, and entice and speak their minds. All in all a lot of them are more engaging than the male counterparts.
But in the end the perspective is old-fashioned and male. The whole collection is infused with energy — even though there is very little explicitness in its pages, it steams and is steeped in this tension throughout. It goes to show that Ivan Bunin uses these scenarios as a canvas for his immaculate skill as a painter of words, that he cooks up these shallow schemes and semi-plots as a mere ploy to get to the beauty and the livid imagery he has stored up in his head.
But you cannot really emulate Bunin successfully. Feb 06, Fr. Ted rated it liked it. A collection of short stories which all are quick reads. I would characterize the stories as being tragic passion stories. They involve lust more than love, though the word loved is used a lot. There are more than a few ways to experience death. At least in these stories it is very striking how little Russian Orthodoxy plays into the lives of the characters.
Feb 16, Adelaide Mcginnity rated it really liked it. Dark Avenues is fantastic exploration of the sordid daydreams of a lecherous old pervert, done with great style and an impressive feel for anticlimactic punches to gut; my only wish is that there could have been a bit more variations in theme, as I often felt I was revisiting the same characters over and over and over again.
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Reviewed by P. This is a collection of short fiction by Ivan Bunin , a Russian writer who left his homeland after the Revolution and settled in France in Bunin won the Nobel prize for literature in and, should you be looking for another, a more authoritative recommendation, be aware that Nabokov was an admirer. The title of the book is the title of the first story in part one also; it is not clear that it has any wider significance, though all these stories are about messy, troubled relationships between men and women and most feature rendezvous in clandestine places. It is all here.
Dark Avenues by Ivan Bunin
The book's full version 27 stories added to the first 11 came out in in Paris. Dark Alleys , "the only book in the history of Russian literature devoted entirely to the concept of love," is regarded in Russia as Bunin's masterpiece. Woodward, marked by a contradiction that emerges from the interaction of a love that is enamoured in sensory experiences and physicality, with a love that is a supreme, if ephemeral, "dissolution of the self. In , when most of the European Russian emigres were hastily preparing to flee for America, Bunin with his wife, Vera Muromtseva, destitute as they were, decided to stay in France.
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