Information about the author:
Dmitry D. Nikolaev, DSc in Philology, Leading Research Fellow, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 a, 121069 Moscow, Russia.
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8449-4682
The article analyses the poetics of Bunin’s work of the first years of emigration. The subject of study is all the works of the writer created in 1920–1923: short stories, poetry and journalism. The first publications of works in newspapers, magazines and collections are considered in the sociopolitical and historical-literary context. The image of the writer becomes central to Bunin’s journalism and how the publicist Bunin argues primarily with the journalistic performances of writers. A significant role in the work of Bunin in 1920–1923 plays a controversy with Gorky, which he leads in both journalistic and fiction works. An important element of Bunin’s poetics is intertextuality. The use of this element in the first years of emigration is associated both with the peculiarities of the author’s world feeling, forced to leave Russia, and with the specifics of the readership. Practically without turning to the direct depiction of the life of Soviet Russia and emigration in his fiction of the early twenties, Bunin finds other forms of reflection of the post-revolutionary world perception of Russian man.