Ivan Bunin is better known for his short
stories, but wrote poetry throughout his long working life. The poetry
is quiet and unassuming, but was sufficient to win Bunin the Pushkin
Prize in Russia on three occasions, and contribute to the Nobel Prize
for Literature, awarded in 1933, when Bunin was an emigré writer
domiciled in France.
Bunin's poetry is popular with Russians, but is not well known outside
country. The poems seem very conventional, quite unlike those of
more celebrated writers in Russia's Silver Age, but the pieces are very
accomplished and have weathered well: many indeed anticipate the
western Modernist poets.
The free pdf ebook translates fifty of Bunin's most representative
pieces. Each is given with facing Russian text, and the ebook includes
an extensive Appendix
providing literal and prosodic renderings, links to critical articles
and audio recordings, and important references.
A free e-book
in pdf format.