The Liberation of Tolstoy: A Tale of Two Writers (Studies in Russian Literature and Theory)

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The Liberation of Tolstoy Written in the 1930s, more than two decades after Leo Tolstoy's death in 1910, this unusual work -- equal parts biography, memoir, and literary study -- examines the dialogue of two great writers on the proklyatye voprosy, or "damned questions", of life.Though Tolstoy was Ivan Bunin's senior by more than forty years (Tolstoy was born in 1828, Bunin in 1870), they led remarkably similar lives. Both... Full description

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"Marullo and Khmelkov have not only supplied us with a graceful translation, they have provided annotations, more voluminous than Bunin's original text, that display a breathtaking depth of knowledge about Bunin, Tolstoy, and Russian literature and culture in general. This is an invaluable contribution." --Publishers Weekly
"All Slavicists, indeed anyone who is interested in the unique individual Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy, will welcome the long-overdue translation into English of Ivan Bunin's masterpiece." --Slavic Review
"An English-language edition of Bunin'sTolstoy is long overdue. . . . Bunin's biography is unique in remaking the genre into a double-voiced meditation on artistic mission, the meaning of life, and the greatness and frailty of the human endeavor. Were I to compare it to any other work of world literature, I would rank it with Boswell'sLife of Johnson."
Ruth Rischin, Encylopedia of Literary Translation into English"

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Ivan Bunin (1870-1953) was a poet and novelist who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1933. He is the author ofThe Life of Arseniev: Youth and Cursed Days: A Diary of the Revolution, among other books. Thomas Gaiton Marullo is the author ofIf You See the Buddha: Studies in the Fiction of Ivan Buninand has translated and edited numerous other works by and about Bunin. Vladimir T. Khmelkov holds a doctorate from the University of Notre Dame."

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