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Set during the 1905 Revolution in southwest Russia, this is a bleak and uncompromising portrayal of the lives of two peasant brothers, “characters sunk so far below the average of intelligence as to be scarcely human.” With brutal honesty it reveals the pettiness, violence, and ignorance of rural farm life. At once nostalgic for a bygone, more innocent age and foreshadowin ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Oneworld Classics (first published 1910)
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The phrase about all the world being a village is one that kept coming to mind as the reader was introduced to the idea that Russia is a country that shares the same characteristics across its many miles. In the village there are those that have worked hard to gain wealth and position, those that are feckless and unable to do anything other than live a life of toil and often drunkenness and those that look to positions of power to change their fortunes.

Up to 1905 all of them believed they knew t
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Oct 25, 2013 Ela rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone who wants to be challenged
Shelves: russia, historical
This comment makes me feel a bit like a middle school teacher, but Ivan where are your paragraphs? Where are your chapters? Do you not understand that 1 paragraph encompassing multiple conversations over a period of several weeks may be a little confusing? Trust me, it is a serious endurance test.

I didn't hate this book but it was hard work. I was hoping I would be enlightened and suddenly have total understanding of Russia in 1905, if anything I'm more confused.

Okay, so maybe it is a little pre
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Elena
very unique piece of russian literature. highly recommended
Richard
green withers pink hooves yellow turkeys , lilac skies, this is a funny and black book by a master .... the Bunin " brocade" began here , I imagine Chagall being Russian Orthodox and a writer and voila! No magical realism but beautiful nonetheless
Kaarel
Trööstitu ja perspektiivitu külaelu 20. sajandi alguse Venemaal läbi kahe venna silmade.
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May 05, 2015 Val marked it as to-read
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It was first published in 1910.
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Pretty depressing.
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Ivan Alekseevich Bunin (Russian: Иван Алексеевич Бунин), born October 22, 1870 in Voronezh, was the first Russian author to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature (1933). The award cited "the strict artistry with which he has carried on the classical Russian traditions in prose writing."

Best known for his short novels The Village (1910) and Dry Valley (1912), his autobiographical novel The Life
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Тёмные аллеи The Gentleman from San Francisco and Other Stories (Penguin Modern Classics) Collected Stories Cursed Days: Diary of a Revolution Легкое Дыхание

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