The Gentleman From San Francisco And Other Stories by Ivan BuninThe Gentleman From San Francisco And Other Stories by Ivan Bunin

The Gentleman From San Francisco And Other Stories

byIvan BuninTranslated byDavid Richards, Sophie Lund

Paperback | September 1, 1992

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A much neglected literary figure, Ivan Bunin is one of Russia's major writers and ranks with Tolstoy and Chekhov at the forefront of the Russian Realists. Drawing artistic inspiration from his personal experience, these powerful, evocative stories are set in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Russia of his youth, in the countries that he visited and in France, where he spent the last thirty years of his life. In the title story, for example, a family's tour of fashionable European resorts comes to an unexpected end; 'Late Hour' describes an old man's return to the little Russian town in the steppes that he has not seen since his early youth; while 'Mitya's Love' explores the darker emotional reverberations of sexual experience. Throughout his stories there is a sense of the precariousness of existence, an omnipresent awareness of the impermanence of human aspirations and achievements.

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Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin (1870 – 1953) was the first Russian writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. The texture of his poems and stories, sometimes referred to as "Bunin brocade", is one of the richest in the language. His last book of fiction, The Dark Avenues (1943), is arguably the most widely read 20th-century collection of s...
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Title:The Gentleman From San Francisco And Other StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.8 × 5.4 × 0.5 inPublished:September 1, 1992Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140185526

ISBN - 13:9780140185522

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Table of Contents

The Gentleman from San Francisco and Other StoriesIntroduction
The Gentleman from San Francisco
The Primer of Love
Chang's Dreams
Long Ago
An Unknown Friend
At Sea, at Night
Mitya's Love
The Caucasus
Late Hour
Visiting Cards
Zoyka and Valeria
The Riverside Tavern
A Cold Autumn

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Although neglected by the general public, Ivan Bunin is ranked among the most enduring names in Russian literatures. Remiscent of Nabokov, Turgenev and Toltoy, Bunin drew his inspiration from life in his homeland as well as time spent in France, San Francisco and other locations. Dark as a rule, the tales represented in The Gentleman from San Francisco and Other Stories include topics such as an old man’s return to the town of his youth in ‘Late Hour,’ the less wholesome aspects of sexual experience in ‘Mitya’s Love’ and the unexpected secrets of the average man in the book’s title piece.