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There is nowhere to hide Promises mpty promises hollow promises false promises absurd promises And for those who do not believe there are threats and deathA man on the street was screaming with spit coming out of his mouth His The Great Orange Leonard Scandal (Tall Tales Series; 4) eyes seemed particularly frenzied his pince nez was all askew A small tie stuck out from behind a dirty cotton collar his waistcoat was splattered with mud his jacket hung from his shoulders and was too short and tight and his hair had dandruff and was greasy sweaty and disheveled And people kept assuring me that this repulsive individual was supposedly seized by a fiery selfless love for humanity and a thirst for beauty justice and good The time was dreadful The days were curst the wisdom of the scholars will degenerate those who fear sin will be despised and the truth will be lacking the face of the generation will be like the face of a dog Ivan Bunin was the first Russian to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature 1933 I have long admired his short fiction so it was interesting to read his diary of life during the civil war that followed hard on the heels of the October Revolution In his Cursed Days Diary of a Revolution one learns uickly that Bunin was dead set against the Bolsheviks almost at times to the point of madnessThis is the hellish secret of the Bolsheviks to kill all sensitivity People live as best they can their sensitivity and their imagination have been taken away from them for the people have crossed the fatal line Hate to interrupt old naive fellow Bunin but revolution is a nasty time to live thank you very much I wonder where he was during the First world war when ALL the world suffered And why is he so positive about Denikin Kolchak Korneev Hadn t he heardnough terrible things about them They were no better than some local bolshevik s government At least communists presented some form of legal administration while white forces couldn t cooperate with Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, each otherven in the face of the same A Fairly Honourable Defeat enemy I wanted to like Cursed Days than I did I was hoping to learn about the Russian Revolution during the 100th anniversary of this period but Bunin s diary from Moscow and Odessa in 1918 1920 is not the place to learn about detailed historical fact First of all there s not much of a narrative no beginning ornd to speak of and not much of a story in between Many vents and historical figures are mentioned but there is very little plot continuity I was a bit frustrated by the mphasis on rumors Bunin records Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue everything he hears much of which turn out to be false information The translator s footnotes helpfully point out which statements are true and which are incorrect but it s definitely disruptive to have to pausevery page or two to figure out the veracity of what s documented Where this work shines is its recording of the attitudes and The Man Without a Face emotional state of society in general and Bunin in particular as well as the situation of uncertainty and confusion brought about by the breakdown and reshaping of a societyI d probably rate this a 25 out of 5 stars It should definitely hold some interest for readers who want to know about the Russian revolution but it s focus on rumors makes it too imprecise for a history book and its lack of a story or memorable characters makes it too non literary for a novel I guess it s a type of memoir but not anspecially great one I suppose I prefer to read works that were conceived as a coherent project from the start rather than published after the fact in a format not originally intended at the time of writin. Arullo A harrowing description of the forerunners of the concentration camps and the Gula.
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One of the most authentic and accurate first hand accounts of the cruelty of the Russian Revolution It is so vivid it sends chills down the spine It reveals how a human heart can be the most cruel in this universe Tragic Ivan Bunin was a smart sophisticated and decent man and a very good writer This book has moments of beauty and freuently conjures up scenes and characters that give great insight into the life and times of revolutionary Russia And Bunin was undeniably right in seeing the Russia Revolution as a great tragedy that started with death and suffering and then went on to death and greater suffering So if he was such a good guy and a good writer and so right in his bottom line view of the situation why did I find this book unsatisfying and lacking in perspective I think that it is because Bunin was also a bit of a snob and because he had an Old World perspective that made it impossible for him to understand or appreciate the wave of modernism that was sweeping through 20th Century culture At one point in the book he describes his irritation at Mayakovsky s brashness at an Happy Easter, Mouse! (If You Give...) event showing that he completely misunderstood Mayakovsky whose artistry lay precisely in his irritating brashness and in his blurring of the line between life and art Bunin sees a decline in the uality of writing but he takes potshots atasy targets and misses the great ualities of some of the artistic innovation of his Gone (Gone, era Much of the book is merely sad and bitter Bunin could have been describing himself when he says of Gleb Uspensky that he had an abundance of nobility and talent but he was also a man with a broken heart The tragedy of Russia and those who were deeply familiar with it and could see it unfolding in real time The imposed farce of revolution againstverything that was sacred A drunken naive heard being led through a play written by foreign masterminds under the slogans of freedom and Threads Of The Shroud euality Absolute helplessness and humiliation of Russian intelligentsia What makes this bookven valuable is the fact that it was written by a man who stayed loyal to his principles till the All Seated on the Ground end of his life This diary is not a result of mood swings of a white aristocrat but an honest voice from his very core Bunin till his death neither sold this voice nor used it as anxcuse to betray his country There is a film inspired by Bunin s works including this diary Sunstroke2014 by N Mikhalkov I recommend it to those who have njoyed the book and can find the subtitled version of the film Very deep and densely filled with allegories it is meant to give some answers to the causes of this tragedy Did we not see what was happening Did we not know We saw and we knew but didn t want to make our hands dirty A revolution is not a tea party said Mao Tse tung It is an act of violence by which one class overthrows another Nobel prize winning author Ivan Bunin born in genteel circumstances could not but agree In Cursed Days he chronicles the dark side of Bolshevik revolution It was written while chaos in the streets was ongoing and rumors about the phemeral victories off the White armies were rife Bunin has tough things to say about cynical revolutionaries like Trotsky and Lenin and their clueless Wiring enablers among students and intellectuals He also berates The Folk for turning into ravening beasts the minute the yoke was lifted Some parts are hard to read as the highly strung Bunin tries to write despite feeling the choking dizziness chills nausea sweating and trembling of anxiety How hescaped to Paris without hav. The Nobel Prize winning author's great anti Bolshevik diary of the Russian Revolution tra.
Ing a heart attack amazes me Anyone who says this is depressing hasnt read Shalomov Its witty Against All Odds erudite learned depressing angry sexy sad dreamy detailed cogent arrogant ignorant and scared What do youxpect This book is best read by the other Thomas G Marullo dited books Russian Reuiem and Notes From a Distant Shorealso his study of Bunin s work also Bunin himself also some in depth works on the Russian Revolution not just the White lit but the pro Bolshevik stuff John Reed Gorky Red Victory by W Bruce Lincoln a few histories on the Revolution my personal favorite desoite his controversy is Orlando Figes he looks at the Rev from 1891 time of Famine to death of Lenin Bunin although he did come from the gentry was a social democrat it was illogical to be for Tsarism at this time I say this as a Russian Orthodox conservativenot Tea Party think Euro Right far right mixed with socialism the Tsar was negligent to say the least and culpable to say the worst Its no wonder Bolshevism became popular Bunin was great friends with many Russian literery giants from Tolstoy to Chekhov Gorky was a good friend he and his wife visited Capri I think a few times they wrote letters they loved ach otherthen the Revolution happened Gorkys own life was textbook communist how could the young Maxim Peshkov homeless and destitute at 12 NOT be a communist Or angryergo his nom deplumeguerre Gorkyliterally bitter The friendship died This is another tragedy of war friendships Truth dies first then friendships The White movement consisted of Tsarists monarchists radical conservatives social democrats yearning for a dead RussiaBunin madmen aristocrats businessmenRussian Orthodox Muslims and Buddhists a hodge podge united in hate The Civil War in the cities indeed all over Russia were times of immense suffering famine slaughter incessant pain Zamyatins short story The Cave is one of the best bullets to the heart that depicts this period Cursed Days is another Do yourself a favor and if you arent acuianted with the Revolution the times that birthed it or the culture read up then read thisthen it makes sense This man genteel with total control over his art his writing is so intense so rich so magicalSukhodalDry Valley and Mityas Lovethen the Revolution comes destroying his country friendships his The DOS entire world In the other booksdited by Marullo there are snippets of conversations with Gorky Chekhov Tolstoy memories by others of Bunin mixed in with sketches by Vanyathese are some of my favorite books to read and reread ad nauseum Awesome book shame it appeared to be that tiny Someone need to dig out the other Bunin s notes from Odessa Blessed are those who will visit this world in its fatal moments Tyutchev CiceroThe country is flooded with twilight Anarchy and chaos are reigning over the nationNo one believes the newspapers Hearsay and rumours are all the newsThere is a rumor that the Allies now it s their turn have ntered into agreement with the Germans and have charged them with bringing order to RussiaAgain there are demonstrations banners posters music one goes one way one goes another and a hundred people yell Stand up rise up working people Their voices are hollow primitive The women have Chuvash and Mordvinian faces and the men have criminal features that make them look like a matched set Some seem to have come right from SakhalinThe Romans used to brand the faces of their prisoners with the words Cave furem But these Russian faces need nothing they show it all without any brandingLies and terror and. Nslated into English for the first time with an Introduction and Notes by Thomas Gaiton
Иван БунинIvan Alekseyevich Bunin Russian Иван Алексеевич Бунин was the first Russian writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature He was noted for the strict artistry with which he carried on the classical Russian traditions in the writing of prose and poetry The texture of his poems and stories sometimes referred to as Bunin brocade is considered to be one of the richest in the languageBest known for his short novels