The Last Summer

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Peter Owen, 1960 - Fiction - 92 pages
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The Last Summer is set in Russia during the winter of 1916, when the book’s central character, Serezha, pays a visit to his married sister. Tired after the long journey, he falls into a restless sleep and half-remembers, half-dreams the incidents of the last summer of peace before the First World War, "when life appeared to pay heed to individuals." As tutor in a wealthy, unsettled Moscow household, he focuses his intense romanticism on Mrs Arild, the employer’s paid companion, while spending his nights with the prostitute Sashka and others. In this evocation of Russia immediately prior to the Revolution, the characters are subtly etched against their social backgrounds, and Pasternak imbues the commonplace with his own intense and poetic vision.

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I did not get it. I didn't understand the ending; I couldn't remember who Lemokh was, because it was so boring and difficult to read. There were phrases, metaphors, sentences and entire paragraphs that made no sense to me. Read full review

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I feel like I'm missing something, maybe it was the translation, or maybe it's something I'll never get, not being able to read Pasternak in Russian. The introduction explained that this book is not a ... Read full review


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Boris Pasternak famously refused the Nobel Prize, making himself a household name in the West. The award led to such pressure from the government that he was forced to decline the award, which led to his expulsion from the Writer’s Union.

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