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A.M. Gorky Institute
of World Literature
of the Russian Academy of Sciences

IWL RAS Publishing

A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature
of the Russian Academy of Sciences


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Types of publications

  • Classification – name: Literary studies
  • Author: Larisa V. Lyapaeva
  • Pages: 92–99
  • Publisher: A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IWL RAS Publ.)
  • Rights – description: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 (СС BY-ND)
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  • Language of the publication: Russian
  • Type of document: Research Article
  • Collection: I.A. Bunin and his Time: Context of Life — History of Work
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  • Year of publication: 2021
  • Place of publication: Moscow
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  • Lyapaeva, L.V. “Poetics of Ivan Bunin's ‛Novel Stories’ of the 1910s.” I.A. Bunin and His Time: Context of Life — History of Work. Ex. eds. T.M. Dvinyatina and S.N. Morozov; Eds. A.V. Bakuntsev and E.R. Ponomarev. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2021, pp. 92–99. (In Russ.)

About the author:

Larisa V. Lyapaeva, PhD in Philology, Associate Professor, Chuvash State University named after I.N. Ulyanov, Moskovsky Prospekt, 15, 428015 Cheboksary, Russia.


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The paper considers the “novel stories” by I. Bunin, created in the 1910s: “Merry Yard”, “Cup of Life”, “Good Life”, “Compatriot”. The stories are analyzed in the aspect of novel thinking, a relevant problem for now. The author notes the features of the stories that form the novel discourse. In “Merry Yard”, the description of the events is given in a chronical way, like in a novel; also, the contrast as a literary device is ramped up. In “Cup of Life”, the retrospection becomes a leading novel device, giving symbolical aspect to the details. The “Good Life” story has a certain narrative form, that helps the author to create not only the heroine image, but also an image of a whole provincial town. The “Compatriot” story is written in the tradition of adventure novel. The large-scale setting of events, an extensive system of narrative forms, the novel type of hero, orientation to a certain novel tradition (chronicle, adventure, hagiographic), the principle of retrospection and contrast, the importance of detail are all features of the novel-type stories of Bunin.

  • Keywords: Ivan Bunin, “novel stories”, poetics, time, narrative structure, eventfulness.


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