Ivan Bunin

1870 - 1953

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Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin ( BOO-neen or BOO-nin; Russian: Ива́н Алексе́евич Бу́нин, IPA: [ɪˈvan ɐlʲɪˈksʲejɪvʲɪtɕ ˈbunʲɪn] ; 22 October [O.S. 10 October] 1870 – 8 November 1953) was the first Russian writer awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1933. He was noted for the strict artistry with which he carried on the classical Russian traditions in the writing of prose and poetry. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ivan Bunin has received more than 532,748 page views. His biography is available in 96 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 93 in 2019). Ivan Bunin is the 560th most popular writer (down from 538th in 2019), the 183rd most popular biography from Russia (down from 182nd in 2019) and the 21st most popular Russian Writer.

Ivan Bunin was a Russian writer who is most famous for his novel The Village.

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Notable Works

Izbrannaia proza
Gospodin iz San Frant︠s︡isko
Short stories, Russian
Short stories
Graham Hettlinger has selected 25 of Ivan Bunin's stories and translated them afresh--several for the first time in English.
Long Ago
Cursed Days
Authors, Russian
Set against the backdrop of Moscow and Odessa in 1918 and 1919 these are the great anti-Bolshevik diaries of Ivan Bunin, the first Russian to be awarded the Nobel prize for literature. Originally published in 1936 but banned during the Soviet period, these diaries are now translated into English for the first time by the distinguished Professor of Russian History at the University of Notre Dame, Thomas Gaiton Marullo. Bunin despised the Bolsheviks, whom he believed were ruining his beloved country. In these diaries he recreates the time of revolution and civil war with graphic and gripping immediacy. His uncompromising truths are jolting. His pain and suffering in watching the overthrow of his country by ¿thugs¿ and the chaos of civil war, and his fears for the devastation of ¿patriarchal¿ Russian culture, consumed his days and receive vivid expression in his diaries. An original and important contribution to our understanding of this tumultuous period by a master of prose and a perceptive social critic.


Among writers, Ivan Bunin ranks 560 out of 7,302Before him are Arthur Koestler, W. Somerset Maugham, Francisco de Quevedo, Mikael Agricola, George Eliot, and Dino Buzzati. After him are Georges Perec, Ausonius, Marina Tsvetaeva, Sidney Sheldon, A. A. Milne, and Faxian.

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Among people born in 1870, Ivan Bunin ranks 16Before him are Miguel Primo de Rivera, William G. Morgan, Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, Juho Kusti Paasikivi, Karl Renner, and Lavr Kornilov. After him are Louis II, Prince of Monaco, Gustav Bauer, Josef Hoffmann, Maurice Denis, Clara Immerwahr, and Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck. Among people deceased in 1953, Ivan Bunin ranks 18Before him are Django Reinhardt, Mary of Teck, Emmerich Kálmán, Hans Fritzsche, Eugene O'Neill, and Vladimir Tatlin. After him are Raoul Dufy, Erich Mendelsohn, Richard Walther Darré, Hugo Sperrle, Eduard Künneke, and Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Ivan Bunin ranks 183 out of 3,761Before him are Witold Pilecki (1901), Felix Yusupov (1887), Sergei Diaghilev (1872), Wladimir Köppen (1846), Roman Abramovich (1966), and Sophia Alekseyevna of Russia (1657). After him are Marina Tsvetaeva (1892), Vladimir Solovyov (1853), Seraphim of Sarov (1754), Igor Kurchatov (1903), Ivan I of Moscow (1288), and Gotthard Heinrici (1886).

Among WRITERS In Russia

Among writers born in Russia, Ivan Bunin ranks 21Before him are Mikhail Sholokhov (1905), Joseph Brodsky (1940), Mikhail Lermontov (1814), Sergei Yesenin (1895), Vladimir Vysotsky (1938), and Yevgeny Zamyatin (1884). After him are Marina Tsvetaeva (1892), Alexander Herzen (1812), Nikolay Chernyshevsky (1828), Ivan Goncharov (1812), Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1883), and Ivan Krylov (1769).