Ivan Bunin was the first Russian to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. For his poetry, he was twice awarded Russia's highest literary honor, the Pushkin Prize. While Bunin's prose writing is well known, his poetry-though highly praised by critics and contemporaries such as Blok, Gorky and Nabokov-has been unjustly ignored.
This collection of over 100 verse translations is the first English language book of Bunin's poetry. Spanning a long period of poetic output (1886–1952), this selection includes both published and unpublished poems. In a variety of forms, they cover an astonishing range of topics and reveal a writer with singular artistic precision and deep humanity.