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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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n celebration of the 40th anniversary of its original publication, here is the only paperback edition now available of the classic story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.

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It is the story of Zhivago, poet and physician, and his struggle to keep his family alive in the midst of the overwhelming chaos of the Russian Revolution. And, it is about Zhivago's love for the beautiful Lara, the woman he pursues beyond all reason, the human symbol of life's sweetness and joy....

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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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lukas, December 3, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
People who like Russian novels are accustomed to a certain sprawl and heft and Boris Pasternak, who won the Nobel Prize, is certainly following in the footsteps of titans like Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. Like Tolstoy in "War and Peace," he sets a smaller story against a tapestry of historical events, in this case the Russian Revolutions and the two World Wars. The story never really came alive for me and, in a rare instance, I actually found the movie more compelling. A few fun facts: this was too controversial to be published in his native Russia and first appeared in Italy. The CIA, hoping to embarrass the Soviets, helped publish the novel in Europe. Vladimir Nabokov called it "a sorry thing, clumsy, trite and melodramatic, with stock situations, voluptuous lawyers, unbelievable girls, romantic robbers and trite coincidences."
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Bethany Dotson, October 22, 2012 (view all comments by Bethany Dotson)
I know, I know--it's sacrilege to rate one of the masterpieces of Russian literature as anything less than a 5. And don't get me wrong--I'm a huge fan of Pevear & Volokhonsky's translations. I absolutely loved their Anna Karenina and the Brothers Dostoevsky. I just couldn't get into Doctor Zhivago. I found the characters boring, the plot confusing and disjointed, and if I had to read one more multi-page description of how beautiful the Russian landscape is, I was going to toss the book out the window.

That being said, the nontraditional way this book is written is one of the things that people love about it. There is a lot of philosophy contained in Zhivago's musings, and Lara is, of course, one of the tragic heroines of the ages. It just wasn't my thing.
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Russian lit-mystery fan, July 22, 2011 (view all comments by Russian lit-mystery fan)
This is one of the greatest novels - ever! If you have seen one of the movies or mini-series based on Pasternak's story, but have never read it, I highly recommend you read this masterpiece - in this translation. Although it could be classified as a historic novel, there is nothing dry in this story. Full of passion, romance, intrigue, all set in the context of civil war, the story is compelling. Pasternak showed great courage in having it smuggled out of the USSR and published using his own name. He faced possible imprisonment, or worse, for daring to write critically about the birth of pangs of the Soviet State. He was pressured by the government to decline the Nobel prize, due to his unflinchingly honest depiction of human suffering at the hands of the Bolsheviks (though he was also truthful to show that no side of the civil war was blameless).

Pevear and Volokhonsky again provide a highly readable translation, which effectively catches the nuances of Russian literature.

HIGHLY recommended!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307390950
Author:
Pasternak, Boris
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Pevear, Richard
Author:
Volokhonsky, Larissa
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
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Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
704
Dimensions:
8 x 5.17 x 1.18 in 1.14 lb

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"Synopsis" by , n celebration of the 40th anniversary of its original publication, here is the only paperback edition now available of the classic story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.
"Synopsis" by , It is the story of Zhivago, poet and physician, and his struggle to keep his family alive in the midst of the overwhelming chaos of the Russian Revolution. And, it is about Zhivago's love for the beautiful Lara, the woman he pursues beyond all reason, the human symbol of life's sweetness and joy....

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