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3.53  ·  Rating details ·  340 ratings  ·  30 reviews
A new translation of Nobel Prize–winner Ivan Bunin's first novel 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. A ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by Alma Classics (first published 1910)
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Jan 06, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il 2022 si apre con uno dei romanzi più actionless di sempre. Ma se in altri casi la mancanza di azione e di trama è arrivata ad infastidirmi, così non è stato questa volta: la potenza dei paesaggi e la concretezza dei personaggi, pur persi nel loro immobilismo, hanno ampiamente compensato.

D'altro canto, questo romanzo, in quanto "incipit dell'anno" mi ha regalato uno degli incipit più fulminanti che si siano mai letti: "Il bisnonno dei Krassov, soprannominato, fra la servitù, lo Zingaro, era st
Oct 20, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian
Zu lange her, um noch den Inhalt im Detail zu würdigen. War als Begleitlektüre zu einem Seminar über Stalinismus über die Weihnachtsferien gedacht, das ich als Erstsemester besuchte. Leider verwechselte ich beim Besuch in der Stadtbücherei Bunin mit dem in einem Nebensatz des Seminarleiters für seine Brillanz gelobten Bulgakow, wie sich nach den Ferien heraus stellte. Habe mir mit dieser Lektüre auch sonst keinen Gefallen getan, sondern mich redlich bemüht das Buch gut zu finden. Besonders frust ...more
Boris Nonveiller
Bounine est surtout connu pour ces nouvelles et qu'on on lit Le Village, le premier des trois romans qu'il a écrit, on le comprend encore plus. C'est encore dans la logique du recueil de nouvelles, le Village est une série d'anecdotes montrant la vie d'un village russe et par extension de la campagne russe au tournant du siècle. C'est axé sur le personnage de deux frères, mais c'est surtout des rumeurs, des histoires, des anecdotes. Faut vouloir lire ce genre de livre-là mais ça plonge dans le q ...more
I am not rating this book because I have no knowledge on which to base an evaluation. I have dabbled in the works of only a few of the more famous Russian authors, and Russian history is a complete mystery to me. The decision to read this book was another small step in my attempt to explore Russian literature and history. This book “ticks both boxes” - Ivan Bunin was the first Russian author to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature (1933) and this novel describes in vivid detail the lives and re ...more
Free download available at Project Gutenberg ...more
Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
اهم ما يميز هذه الرواية (ان صحت تسميتها رواية) قدرة الكاتب على السخرية الممزوجة بالمأساة. هو أيضا يأخذك من مشهد الى آخر بطريقة متقنة و سريعة حتى ترسم الوجه الكلي للقرية. يحاول الكتاب توضيح طبيعة حياة الروسيين آنذاك بحيث يصور حياة الشقيقين الذان افترقا، فأصبح الأول إقطاعيا و الثاني كاتبا فقيرا. ثم تجمعهم الظروف ليبين بعض آرائهم المتنافرة. ولكن العجيب انه على اختلاف طريقة عيش كل من الأخوين، توصل كلاهما الى عبثية الحياة الموحشة. و سأنقل هنا جملة من الكتاب اعتقد انها تلخص الفكرة بإسهاب تتحدث عن احد ...more
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Oct 02, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jonathan Bogart
It was perhaps the density of Bunin's prose, the unremitting solemnity and savage squalidity of his leaden description, and the variably-intelligible translation all put together, which has acted as a dead weight on my trip through the literature of the 1910s. It's Naturalism, I suppose, but with a specific strategic aim: to show how worthless and unsustainable provincial peasant life in Tsarist Russia was. Bunin wasn't particularly enamored of the Revolution either (unlike Gorky, he kept a brow ...more
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-extra, temp
Tolstoy should have won Russia's first Nobel Prize for Literature, but in fact that honour went to Ivan Bunin for this portrait of rural peasant life. It is considerably less idealised than than Tolstoy, Bunin's peasants are more likely to be ignorant and brutish than noble, but both authors are telling the truth as they saw it. This was first published in 1910, but set around 1905 and the first Russian Revolution. ...more
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is more a portrayal of life in rural Russia during the 1905 Revolution. Fantastic insight to understand the accumulation of social and economic challenges faced by the vast majority of Russians, but as a novel I believe it is quite disjointed. There are many characters that have no relevance to the story. Great for social insight but little more.
Jerry Pogan
A good book but not great. The story follows two brothers during the time that the revolution was about to happen and is more a description of the harsh life of rural Russia without much of a real plot. The edition I read could have used a good editor because of the numerous misspellings.
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very unique piece of russian literature. highly recommended
Oct 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Прадеда Красовых, прозванного на дворе Цыганом, затравил борзыми барин Дурново. Цыган отбил у него, у своего господина, любовницу. Дурново приказал вывести Цыгана в поле, за Дурновку, и посадить на бугре. Сам же выехал со сворой и крикнул: "Ату его!" Цыган, сидевший в оцепенении, кинулся бежать. А бегать от борзых не следует."

"Ездил по уезду, жил одно время в родной Дурновке,завёл было там лавочку, но прогорел, запил, воротился в город и помер."

"А женившись, взяв приданого, "докона
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading it. It's not as dramatic but somehow still fairly easy and fun to read. The first part of this book is actually really dark and offers great insight into russian society as a whole! I will definitely read more from this author ...more
Feb 20, 2022 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what I've read...I liked Bunin's "dark avenues" and I wanted to read something else, but I was super disappointed from "the village" ...more
Anwar Alsaleh
ممل نوعاً ما ، تفاصيل كثيرة
This book is not about the details, because there is no moral to get. It is about sharing the same feeling of misery felt by the people of the village.
Alexander Sokolov
Много незнакомых слов о той, которую мы, слава богу, потеряли
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
svåraste och tyngsta jag läst på länge. ryssland är obeboeligt och resten av världen likaså.
زهرة نيسان
ايفان بونين....
يعد الشاعر والأديب الروسي ايفان بونين المولود عام 1870 من الكتاب الذين اعتنوا عناية خاصة بالبيئة وخاصة الريف الروسي ...إذ يجد القارىء صدى المكان الريفي بتفاصيله الدقيقة بين ثنايا صفحات مؤلفاته... وقد أشار بونين نفسه إلى عمق علاقته بالأرض الريفية بقوله:" 
إن ذكريات الطفولة ارتبطت منذ أن كنت في سن السابعة بالحقول وبيوت الفلاحين وساكنيها." فلا عجب اذا أن يلحظ القارىء الحضور القوي للفلاح والأرض والحقول في جل ماكتبه...وتعد روايته " القرية" التي أثارت ضجة كبيرة في الأوساط الأدب
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grim and poetic, Bunin's descriptions of the brutal reality of Russian peasant life is a tough read but worthwhile for those interested in delving into the meaning of a small life ground out on the frozen steppes. ...more
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 ...more
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vene, book-i-own
Trööstitu ja perspektiivitu külaelu 20. sajandi alguse Venemaal läbi kahe venna silmade.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب يتحدث عن تفاصيل كثيره جدا عن الحياه في روسيا ويدعك تشعر انك لابد ان تلبس بوت للمطر والطين وانت تقراه من كثرت التفاصيل
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Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin (Russian: Иван Алексеевич Бунин) was the first Russian writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was noted for the strict artistry with which he carried on the classical Russian traditions in the writing of prose and poetry. The texture of his poems and stories, sometimes referred to as "Bunin brocade", is considered to be one of the richest in the language.

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