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Sunstroke: Selected Stories

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"The Gentleman from San Francisco" is easily the best known of Ivan Bunin's stories and has achieved the stature of a masterpiece. But Bunin's other stories are not to be missed. In Sunstroke, Graham Hettlinger has selected the "Gentleman" and twenty-four other stories and translated them afresh—several for the first time in English. The result is a collection that is rema ...more
Hardcover, 190 pages
Published January 21st 2002 by Ivan R. Dee Publisher (first published 1925)
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Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My god these were good. Brillant imagery, amazing control of narrative. I want to read everything bunin wrote.
Feb 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Love is like a sunstroke: it heats heavily and unexpectedly. There are no happy ends in Bunin stories, because love is always a tragedy. The stronger the feelings, the deeper love hurts. True love can't last for a long time. Otherwise, it becomes a tiresome habit.

Aug 20, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
aaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaa................sooooooooo boring
Janith Pathirage
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very entertaining story by the Nobel Price winner. Reading this story was like walking in a shallow, sunny beach, barefoot. Ivan Bunin is a very talented writer of the modern Russian literature. Unlike some modern Russian authors, he really has the gift which Gorkys and Chekhovs possessed. Stories like this reminds us again and again, how unique Russian writers are from others.
Beautiful! Bunin's writing is nostalgic, melancholic, sensual, poetic... Even if you read this short tale, you can understand why Bunin won the Nobel Prize.

As long as you can find a good, I mean a GOOD, translation.
Feb 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I have loved Bunin since first discovering him while studying in Russia. Hettlinger's carefully crafted translations best capture Bunin's essence, the play of light and dark that runs throughout his prose. I'm thrilled that these stories can now be enjoyed by a wider audience.
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Nov 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
one of my favorite stories...
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Jul 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
when you had gone, my heart was broken.
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sunstroke - the best love story. Passion, madness, suffering...
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Зимние вьюги - предтечи весенние, Зимние вьюги должны
Похоронить под снегами холодными , Мертвых к приходу весны...
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I love him...
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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 lan
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