Boris Pasternak: A Literary Biography, Volume 2

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 12, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages
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This concluding volume of Christopher Barnes's acclaimed biography of the Russian poet and prose-writer Boris Pasternak covers the period from 1928 to his death, during which he wrote the famous Dr Zhivago and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Drawing on archive material (including the Pasternak family archive), eyewitness accounts and a huge range of biographical and background information, Barnes brings to light many aspects of Pasternak's personality and private life, while illuminating his relations with the Communist régime and the literary establishment. There is a detailed discussion of Pasternak's original writing (with ample quotation in English translation), and his translations of Goethe, Shakespeare and others. The growth story of Dr Zhivago is traced, and the personal and political implications of the novel's controversial publication explored. The biography concludes with a discussion of Pasternak's Nobel Prize award, final years and death, with a brief account of his posthumous and artistic legacy.
 

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Contents

The crisis of the lyric
1
Time of Plague
25
New Love and Second Birth
42
A Prisoner of Time
59
Congress Consensus and Confrontation
85
Peredelkino and the Purges
121
Prose Obscurity and Hamlet
152
World War and Evacuation
168
Faustian Pursuits in Life and Letters
236
The Darkness Before Dawn
257
Creations of the Thaw
277
The Skies Clear and Darken
300
The Printing and the Prize
321
Other new goals the final year
341
Notes
377
Bibliography
440

Chistopol Translation
187
War and Peace in Moscow
202
From Immortalitys Archive The Birth of a Novel
221

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