Information about the author:
Galina N. Vorontsova, PhD in Philology, Senior Researcher, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 а, 121069 Moscow, Russia.
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3546-0472
Ivan Alekseevich Bunin and Alexey Nikolaevich Tolstoy are contemporaries. Their life and creative destinies have repeatedly intersected, while human relations have not always been simple. Nevertheless, they clearly had a mutual interest in each other. Even during his lifetime the works of Bunin and Tolstoy were compared by criticism, which intuitively felt a certain proximity of their themes and motives. The article traces and analyzes the formation and development of relations between the two writers over several decades, the commonality and at the same time the difference in their views on the events in Russia at the turn of the 1910–1920s, creative roll calls. The basis for the analysis was the works of Bunin and Tolstoy, their letters, as well as letters and memoirs of their contemporaries.