In the article the orientalism of A. Bunin in the light of creative intentions of V. Brusov is studied. After Bunin's brief collaboration with Brusov's editions, alienation of affections starts which grows into a rejection of creative installations. Nevertheless, a scrupulous analysis shows Brusov’s influence on both the publicism and the system of images created by Bunin, who was inspired by orientalism. A. Bunin tries to carefully veil these intentions, and therefore it is not a question of hints and paraphrases, but of subtle reminiscences. They show that Bunin by his worldview, as a whole, remains close to symbolists and is an inherent part of Russian modernism.