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Boris Pasternak was born in Moscow in 1890 and after briefly training as a composer resolved to be a writer. He published a large number of collections of poetry, written under the burden of Soviet Russia's stringent censorship, before publishing his most famous work, Doctor Zhivago, in 1958. This novel won him the Nobel Prize for Literature but the USSR's hostility to the West meant he was forced to turn it down. He died in 1960.
Published to mark the 120th anniversary of Boris Pasternak’s birth in 1890 and the 50th anniversary of his death in 1960, this stunning new translation is the first since the 1958 original, and is published in this special luxury edition by Harvill Secker to celebrate their centenary year.