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Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893) -- Translations into Russian -- History and criticism, uy de Maupassant (1850-1893) -- Influence, Isaak Babelʹ (1894-1940), Ivan Alekseevich Bunin (1870-1953)


In the wake of Lev Tolstoi’s appraisals of his work, Guy de Maupassant was embraced by Russian twentieth-century authors who admired his mastery of the short story. The Soviet writer Isaak Babel’ and the émigré writer Ivan Bunin reference stories and other texts by Maupassant in their stories ‘Guy de Maupassant’ and ‘Bernard’. To these authors, Maupassant constitutes a means of expressing their own outlook on the craft of literature. Mediated by the act of translation from French into Russian, Maupassant’s writing enables the Russian authors to articulate distinct identities regarding their national literature: as Soviet and émigré.


This is the Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article that was subsequently published in Russian Literature, Volume 111, March 2020, Pages 61-89, published by Elsevier. The version of record may be found at
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