Doctor Zhivago

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Pantheon Books, 1997 - Fiction - 558 pages
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First published in Italy in 1957 amid international controversy, Doctor Zhivago is the story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Taking his family from Moscow to what he hopes will be shelter in the Ural Mountains, Zhivago finds himself instead embroiled in the battle between the Whites and the Reds. Set against this backdrop of cruelty and strife is Zhivago's love for the tender and beautiful Lara, the very embodiment of the pain and chaos of those cataclysmic times. Pevear and Volokhonsky masterfully restore the spirit of Pasternak's original—his style, rhythms, voicings, and tone—in this beautiful translation of a classic of world literature.

  

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Dr. Zhivago is a panoramic view of Russia beginning with the Bolshevik Revolution and ending with Lenin’s first economic program. It is the story of Yuri Zhivago and Lara, two individuals thrown ... Read full review

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Apparently in a country as physically huge as Russia, you can't go anywhere without previously knowing the entire village as well as the prominent political and revolutionary characters in the news. I ... Read full review

Contents

PART
2
The F iveoclock Express
3
A Cirl from a Different World
21
The Sventitskys Christmas Party
63
The Hour of the Inevitable
91
PART
129
U1 Farewell to the Old
131
The Moscow Encampment
166
Varykino
277
The Highway
306
The Forest Brotherhood
329
The Rowan Tree
352
Opposite the House of Sculptures
376
Return to Varykino
419
Conclusion
465
Epilogue 54
504

Train to the Urals
209
Arrival
254
The Poems of Yurii Zhivago 52 1
520
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About the author (1997)

BORIS Leonidovich PASTERNAK won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1958 "for his important achievement both in contemporary lyrical poetry and in the field of the great Russian epic tradition.” — the Nobel Prize committee. Pasternak had to decline the honor because of the protests in his home country. Doctor Zhivago became an international bestseller and was translated into 18 languages but circulated only in secrecy and translation in Russia. In 1987 the Union of Soviet Writers posthumously reinstated Pasternak, a move that gave his works a legitimacy they had lacked in the Soviet Union since his expulsion from the writers' union in 1958 and that finally made possible the publication of Doctor Zhivago in the Soviet Union. Pasternak's son accepted his father's Nobel Prize medal at a ceremony in Stockholm in 1989.

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