Understanding Boris Pasternak

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University of South Carolina Press, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 211 pages
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Rudova examines the influence of Russia's cultural environment on the early phases of Pasternak's writing, and she explores his later distance from his country's cultural life. She also speculates on a mystery that continues to puzzle scholars of twentieth-century Russian literature - how Pasternak survived the political and cultural purges of the Stalin era and managed to publish virtually uninterrupted throughout his career. In addition to his one novel and many poems, Rudova underscores the range of Pasternak's literary interests with her analysis of his short stories, critical essays, translations, and two autobiographies. She comments on the stylistic complexity of his writing and discusses in detail the thematics, structure, and imagery that distinguish his work.

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