MEMORIES AND PORTRAITS by Ivan Bunin

MEMORIES AND PORTRAITS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The first Russian to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1933, and the author of bitterly realistic books on Russian peasant life before the revolution, Bunin turns back now in his octogenarian years to recollections of his friendships with the Russian greats of the past, Tolstoy, Chekhov, the basso Chaliapin, and the composer Rachmaninoff. Interlaced are less friendly portraits of men Bunin does not admire, Gorki, and some of the lesser known writers of the Soviet such as the poet Mayakovski and the ""third"" Tolstoy. Mr. Bunin also given some short descriptions of his family and his award of the Nobel Prize. Slight in size and scope, these little sketches are hazed by time and sentiment, and can only be considered as character footnotes to some of Russia's famed.

Publisher: Doubleday