The Liberation of Tolstoy

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ISBN 978-0-8101-1752-5
Publication Date
April 2001
Page Count
364 pages
Trim Size
6 1/8 x 9 1/4

The Liberation of Tolstoy

A Tale of Two Writers
Ivan Bunin

This first annotated translation of Ivan Bunin's The Liberation of Tolstoy is a timely accompaniment to the ongoing revival of the Russian writer, both in his homeland and the West. Written in 1937, more than two decades after Leo Tolstoy's death, The Liberation of Tolstoy--equal parts biography, memoir, and literary study--serves as a dialogue between two great writers on the proklyatye voprosy, or "damned questions," of life.

About the Author

Ivan Bunin (1870-1953) was a poet and novelist who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1933. He is the author of The Life of Arseniev: Youth and Cursed Days: A Diary of the Revolution, among other books.  

Thomas Gaiton Marullo is the author of If You See the Buddha: Studies in the Fiction of Ivan Bunin and has translated and edited numerous other works by and about Bunin.

Vladimir T. Khmelkov holds a doctorate from the University of Notre Dame.
"Marullo and Khmelkov have not only supplied us with a graceful translation, they have provided annotations, more voluminous than Bunin's original text, that display a breathtaking depth of knowledge about Bunin, Tolstoy, and Russian literature and culture in general. This is an invaluable contribution." --Publishers Weekly
"All Slavicists, indeed anyone who is interested in the unique individual Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy, will welcome the long-overdue translation into English of Ivan Bunin's masterpiece." --Slavic Review

"An English-language edition of Bunin's Tolstoy is long overdue. . . . Bunin's biography is unique in remaking the genre into a double-voiced meditation on artistic mission, the meaning of life, and the greatness and frailty of the human endeavor. Were I to compare it to any other work of world literature, I would rank it with Boswell's Life of Johnson."

—Ruth Rischin, Encylopedia of Literary Translation into English