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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: Natalia V. Prashcheruk
  • Pages: 659–677
  • 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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  • Prashcheruk, N.V. “Ivan Bunin’s Marks on K. Zaitsev’s ‛Ivan Bunin. Life and Works’ Monograph: an Essay of Interpretation.” 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. 659–677. (In Russ.)

About the author:

Natalia V. Prashcheruk, DSc in Philology, Professor, Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B.N. Yeltsin, 51 Lenin Ave., 620000 Ekaterinburg, Russia.


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The paper provides a systematic analysis of Ivan Bunin’s marks on a copy of K. Zaitsev`s “Ivan Bunin. Life and works” (Berlin, 1934) monograph, selectively taken in their sequence and in accordance with the manner of the writer. The marks on Zaitsev`s book indicate that Bunin deems him a good interpreter of his own works. The density and contents of the marks makes it clear that the author’s biggest interest lies in the family tree description made by Zaitsev as well as in the chapters devoted to the works of the 1920s, “The Life of Arseniev”, conceptualized in the context of an image of the Russian world and Bunin`s works as a whole, and to the philosophic and metaphysic understanding of the book. The considered marks unveil the writer`s personality, captured by spiritual problems, deep ontological questions of being and man`s life to a far more extensive degree than the sphere of their aesthetic embodiment.

  • Keywords: Ivan Bunin, K.I. Zaitsev, marks, author, interpreter, metaphysics.


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