By Ivan Bunin, Graham Hettlinger
"The Gentleman from San Francisco" is definitely the easiest identified of Ivan Bunin's tales and has accomplished the stature of a masterpiece. yet Bunin's different tales and novellas aren't to be neglected. over the past a number of years an excellent a lot of them were freshly and brilliantly translated via Graham Hettlinger. jointly, besides 4 new items, they're now released in a one-volume paperback selection of Bunin's maximum writings. In Mr. Hettlinger's renderings readers will see why Bunin was once appeared by way of a lot of his contemporaries because the rightful successor to Tolstoy and Chekhov as a grasp of Russian letters.
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God save us, sir, not a day passed without some kind of war! " We glanced ecstatically at one another as Natalya spoke. Her words enthralled us, and the scene that then took shape in our imaginations re mained for many years: a huge estate and garden, a house of rough oak beams beneath a thatch roof turned black with age-and meals in the dining hall, everyone sitting at the table, everyone eating and throwing bones on the floor for the hunting dogs, everyone watching from the corners of their eyes, whips lying in their laps.
The milk we shared makes me his sister. " Growing up, we listened ever more attentively to any talk of Sukhodol at home. And as it grew easier to explain those things that had once perplexed us, all the oddities of life at that estate became more and more conspicuous. We had once been convinced that Natalya was one of us- that she too was a Khrushchyov of ancient noble lineage! No one could have believed this more earnestly than we did, for we knew that she had lived a life identical to our father's during the past half-century.
But I am sir, I am indeed a lady," she said, a slight smile creasing her lips. She ran her dark, old woman's hand over her mouth. "My mother was your father's wet nurse, after all. The milk we shared makes me his sister. " Growing up, we listened ever more attentively to any talk of Sukhodol at home. And as it grew easier to explain those things that had once perplexed us, all the oddities of life at that estate became more and more conspicuous. We had once been convinced that Natalya was one of us- that she too was a Khrushchyov of ancient noble lineage!