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Russian Book Club - Round #2 - Debates Day

Greetings! I am happy to announce a start of our Russian Book Club!

Our first story is "Господин из Сан-Франциско" by Ivan Bunin. 

   "a short story by a Nobel Prize-winning Russian author Ivan Bunin, written in 1915 and published the same year in Moscow, in the 5th volume of Slovo (Word) anthology. Translated into English by D.H.Lawrence, the story is one of Bunin's best known and regarded as classic" (Wiki) 

Time and date for Preparation and Debate Days are a subject of discussion by participants, however the Prep day is expected to be within first two weeks of January.

-----------------THE RUSSIAN BOOK CLUB------------------


- Explore Russian culture and History

- Challenge advanced Russian speakers in reading and talking.

Project Description:

A selected story and information resources on it would be posted on our Google drive and announced on Meetup page. Two events would be created: a Preparation Meeting and Debate Day. 

• The Preparation Meeting would take place about a month after text announcement. It is expected that by that day most of the reading would be done. We will start the meeting with a presentation about the author and the historical & social background of the time. On the second part we will work on linguistic questions that appeared while reading. Finally, we will discuss the Debate Day - split into teams, identify positions, and receive questions to the text. Answering these questions should give a solid base for a discussion on the Debates.

• The Debate day will start with a quick story summary, then we will proceed to debates.

Time span: two months on average, could be more or less depending on text size.

Google Drive folder for the project:


RSVP to the Preparation Day and comment that you are participating in reading and debates. 

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  • Masha R.

    Hey folks, due to my work i cant make it there at 5:30 today, have to stay late. Will come for the meetup tho!

    March 5, 2014

  • Masha R.

    Good Morning folks! I hope y'all doing well and staying warm.

    So here are the questions for the story discussion.

    1. Какие детали в описании “Атлантиды” и образа жизни ее пассажиров, на ваш взгляд, особенно важны для прояснения авторской позиции?
    2. Какие символы использует автор, чтобы показать гибель существующего образа жизни буржуазного общества?
    3. Что мы узнаем о главном герое рассказа? Почему Бунин лишает своего героя имени и биографии? Как характеризуют господина из Сан-Франциско его планы?
    4. Что особенно поразило вас в описании реакции окружающих на смерть господина из Сан-Франциско? В каких строках, на ваш взгляд, выражена прямая авторская оценка произошедшего?
    5. С какой целью в финале Бунин вновь возвращает читателя к образу “тонкой и гибкой пары нанятых влюбленных”?

    Think about answers to those questions, maybe write some bullet points and to make sure you have the vocabulary to tell about your point of view.

    February 7, 2014

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