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Boris Pasternak

Family Correspondence, 1921-1960

Boris Pasternak( )
Author: Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich
Translator: Slater, Nicolas Pasternak
Editor: Slater, Maya
ISBN:978-0-8179-1025-9
Publication Date:May 2010
Publisher:Hoover Institution Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $25.00
Book Description:

This selection of Boris Pasternak's correspondence with his parents and sisters from 1921 to 1960--including more than illustrations and photos--is an authoritative, indispensable introduction and guide to the great writer's life and work. His letters are accomplished literary works in their own right, on a par with his poetry in their intensity, frankness, and dazzling stylistic play. In addition, they offer a rare glimpse into his innermost self, significantly complementing...
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Book Details
Pages:474
Detailed Subjects: Literary Criticism / Russian & Former Soviet Union
Literary Collections / Letters
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6 x 9 x 1.3 Inches
Book Weight:1.78 Pounds
Author Biography
Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich (Author)
Pasternak was acclaimed as a major poet some 30 years before Doctor Zhivago (1955) made him world famous. After first pursuing promising careers in music and philosophy, he started to write around 1909 and published his first collection of verse in 1914. His first genuine triumph came with the collection My Sister, Life (1917), in which a love affair stimulates a rapturous celebration of nature. The splendid imagery and difficult syntax of this volume are a hallmark of the early Pasternak.

During the 1920s, Pasternak tried to accept the reality of the new society and moved from the lyric to the epic, taking up historical and contemporary subjects. The long poem The Year 1905 (1926) is an example. While tolerated by the literary establishment, Pasternak turned increasingly in the 1930s to translation rather than original verse. He was a prolific translator; his versions of major Shakespeare plays are the standard texts used in Soviet theaters.

From the start, however, prose was an important focus for Pasternak. The most notable early work is the story "Zhenia's Childhood," written in 1918, which explored a girl's developing consciousness of her surroundings. There is also his artistic and intellectual autobiography Safe Conduct (1931). But Pasternak's greatest prose achievement came later with the novel Doctor Zhivago, written over a number of years and completed in 1955. Its hero, a physician and poet, confronts the great changes of the early twentieth century including world war, revolution, and civil war, and travels a path through life that creates a parallel between his fate and that of Christ. (The theme of preordained sacrifice is strengthened by the cycle of poems included as the last section of the



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