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On the occasion of Ivan Bunin’s anniversary: ​​a new online quest has appeared on the Discover Moscow portal

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the classic of Russian literature Ivan Bunin, the Discover Moscow portal has prepared a new online quest… By completing virtual assignments, users will get acquainted with interesting facts from the life of the writer.

“Ivan Bunin has lived in Moscow for over 20 years. From moving to the capital, he began his entry into literary circles. In his works, he noticed with amazing accuracy the peculiarities of Moscow life. The Know Moscow portal invites everyone to look at the capital through the eyes of a classic without leaving home, as well as learn a lot of interesting things about his life and work, ”said Sergey Shakryl, curator of IT projects in the field of culture and business of the Moscow Department of Information Technologies.

The game begins with questions about Ivan Bunin’s first literary experiments. Users need to answer how old he was when his poetry was published in the magazine “Rodina”. You also need to indicate at what age the future Nobel laureate wrote his first poem.

In 1895, an important event took place in the life of the classic, which served as an impetus for the development of his professional literary career. Which one – it is also necessary to guess the quiz participants.

Another question of the quest is dedicated to the public recognition of Bunin. Users will have to answer why in 1909 the writer was awarded the Pushkin Prize for the second time and why he was elected an honorary academician of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences. To answer another question, you will need to recall the title of Bunin’s work, which he wrote in Moscow, but published already in exile.

The writer categorically did not accept the 1917 revolution. In it he saw the downfall of Russia. Due to the difference in political views, Bunin broke off relations with Maxim Gorky, and also heatedly argued with Alexander Blok. On June 5, 1918, Ivan Bunin left Moscow for good. One of the questions of the game will be about where the writer went with his wife Vera Nikolaevna Muromtseva-Bunina.

Several points of the quest are devoted to the places of the capital that are memorable for Bunin, indicated in his works. In order to answer, it will be necessary to remember where the heroine of “Clean Monday” lived, on which of the capital boulevards the action of the short story “Mitya’s Love” takes place, and which Moscow restaurant is described in “River Tavern”.

One of the tasks is related to the awarding of Ivan Bunin with the Nobel Prize in Literature. He became the first Russian writer to receive it. At the final point of the quest, participants need to remember what the monument to Bunin looks like on Povarskaya Street and answer the question of what object the classic is holding in his hands.

Ivan Alekseevich Bunin is a Russian writer, poet and translator. He was born on October 22, 1870 in Voronezh into an impoverished noble family. He studied at the Yeletsk men’s gymnasium, but left after the fourth year. In his youth he worked in newspapers and offices, traveled a lot and studied foreign languages.

In 1920, Ivan Bunin emigrated to France, where he lived for over 30 years. In emigration, his best works were written – “Dark alleys”, “Mitya’s love”, “Sunstroke”, “Life of Arseniev” and many others. The first collected works of Bunin in five volumes were published in 1956.

Bunin was an honorary academician of the Imperial Academy of Sciences, he twice received the Pushkin Prize (in 1903 and in 1909). And in 1933 he won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Ivan Bunin died on November 8, 1953, and was buried in the Sainte-Genevieve-des-Bois cemetery.

“Know Moscow” is a joint project of the Moscow departments of information technology, culture, cultural heritage, education and science. An interactive guide to city attractions contains descriptions of more than two thousand buildings and structures, 645 monuments, 324 museums, 363 streets, parks and boulevards, information about 266 historical figures, 137 routes and 71 online quests. For example, users can solve a virtual crossword puzzle with the whole family Alexandra Pushkin or pass quest based on the poems of Pasternak.

The app for smartphones of the same name is also available to users, which can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.

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