From Cursed Days to ‘Sunstroke’: The Authenticity of Ivan Bunin’s Recollections of the Bolshevik Revolution in the 1920s

  • Galina Rylkova


‘What the Russian revolution developed into cannot be understood by anyone who didn’t witness it’ wrote celebrated Russian author and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Ivan Bunin (1870–1953). In this chapter, Galina Rylkova describes Bunin’s attempts to capture the enormity of the social upheavals of the revolutionary period beginning in 1917 in his day-by-day accounts collected together as Cursed Days. Rylkova examines the constraints and benefits of Bunin’s documentary approach and asks questions of their relevance for Bunin and for subsequent cultural and historical representations of the Bolshevik revolution.


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  • Galina Rylkova
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  1. 1.Languages, Literatures, and CulturesUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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