Books: Echoes of a Lost World

MEMORIES AND PORTRAITS (217 pp.)—Ivan Bunin—Doubleday ($3).

Where are they now—the Russian intellectuals who sat at Tolstoy's feet (he encased them in square-toed boots), talked the hours away with Chekhov and listened to first-hand yarns about Dostoevsky and Gogol?

Ivan Bunin, poet, novelist and aristocrat, is one of the last of these echoes of the old Russia. He is 80, almost bedridden with asthma, and he lives out his last years of exile in a Paris flat, half-forgotten by the world since he received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1933. What he has to say now, in Memories and Portraits, does more...

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