About the author
Ekaterina E. Dmitrieva, DSc in Philology, Leading Research Fellow, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 a, 121069 Moscow, Russia; Professor, Russian State University for the Humanities, Miusskaya 6, 125993 Moscow, Russia.
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9692-8329
The paper recreates the history of the reconstruction of the estate life by Ivan Bunin, who settles in exile in the south of France, in the coastal village of Grass, and, successively renting three villas (Mont Fleury, Belvedere and Jeanette), creates on them — under apparently not favorable conditions — a kind of Russian estate life. The main question posed is how such a resurrection of the past is related to Bunin’s peculiarity, which was remembered by many contemporaries who knew him, namely his acute susceptibility to the passing of time, its irreversibility and his attempt to find the possibility of a breakthrough in the causal chain of events.