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Puti nebesnye: roman, tom II-i [The ways of heaven: a novel], part II.

Paris: Vozrozhdenie, 1948. Octavo (18 × 13.5 cm). Original printed wrappers; 257, [1] pp. Upper spine extremity frayed; possibly resized; else about very good.

Ivan Shmelev (1873-1950) was one of the most widely read writers of the Russian emigration, known for his conservative orientation. His work celebrates the old traditions of pre-Soviet Orthodox Russia, captures the bloodshed of the Civil War, and is at times critical of Western civilization. He maintained close ties to writers such as Ivan Bunin and Boris Zaitsev. As the title of Shmelev's novel indicates, it is a spiritual work, which draws upon the nineteenth-century Russian literary tradition. Shmelev spent 15 years composing this novel about the confrontation between faith and skepticism, a conflict that is embodied by the novel's two main characters: the religious Darin'ka Koroleva and the positivist engineer Viktor Beidengammer. This is the second part of the two-part novel; the first part was completed in 1936, the second in 1948.

Book ID: P003858

Price: $75.00