Boris Pasternak - Author

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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.

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My Sister Life and The Zhivago Poems

My Sister Life and The Zhivago Poems

Author: Boris Pasternak Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/03/2018

Boris Pasternak is best known in the West for his epic novel Doctor Zhivago, whereas in Russia he is most celebrated as a poet. The two poetry collections offered here in translation are chronological and thematic bookends, and they capture Pasternak's abiding and powerful vision of life: his sense of its beauty and terror, its precariousness for the individual, and its persistence in time-that vitality of being with which he is on familiar and familial terms. In the early work My Sister Life, which commemorates the year 1917, Pasternak, then in his late twenties, found his poetic voice. The book would go on to become one of the most influential collections of Russian poetry of the twentieth century. The Poems of Yury Zhivago are a part of the poet's famous novel, Dr. Zhivago, whose title might be rendered in English as Doctor Life. These later lyrics are a kind of summing up that reflect, from the perspective of age and approaching death, upon the accumulated experience of a contemplative life amid turbulent and terrifying times. Falen's fresh new translations of these poems capture their expression of the beauty and the joy, the terror and the pain, of what it is to be alive . . . and to die.

Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago

Author: Boris Pasternak Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2017

FROM AWARD-WINNING TRANSLATORS RICHARD PEVEAR AND LARISSA VOLOKHONSKY Doctor Zhivago is the epic novel of Russia in the throes of revolution and one of the greatest love stories ever told. Yuri Zhivago, physician and poet, wrestles with cruel experience of the new order and the changes it has wrought in him, and is torn between love for his wife and family, and the passionate, beautiful Lara. Banned in the Soviet Union until 1988, Doctor Zhivago was nonetheless published covertly in Russian by the CIA and translated into many languages. In 1958 Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Vintage Classic Russians Series: Published for the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, these are must-have, beautifully designed editions of six epic masterpieces that have survived controversy, censorship and suppression to influence decades of thought and artistic expression.

Adolescence of Zhenya Luvers

Adolescence of Zhenya Luvers

Author: Boris Pasternak Format: eBook Release Date: 04/11/2014

An enthralling novelette by Boris Pasternak, the author of Dr. Zhivago, The Adolescence of Zhenya Luvers explores how a thirteen-year-old girl ceases to be a child and becomes a woman in Russia just before the Communist Revolution. The story examines the world through the reminiscences of a young girl and explores such themes as nature and how we are able to shape the world around us by how we perceive it. The novelette gives readers a prime example of Pasternak's signature style and use of poetics, imagery, and lyricism in prose. The Adolescence of Zhenya Luvers is one of Pasternak's very first stories, and it originally appeared in a collection by the same name, published in 1925.

A Quatrain on Sleeping Beauty's Tomb

A Quatrain on Sleeping Beauty's Tomb

Author: Boris Pasternak Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Doctor Zhivago (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

Doctor Zhivago (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

Author: Boris Pasternak Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2011

The perfect gift for Valentine's Day From the acclaimed translators of War and Peace and Anna Karenina, a stunning new translation of Boris Pasternak's Nobel Prize-winning masterpiece, the first since the 1958 original. Banned in the Soviet Union until 1988, Doctor Zhivago is the epic 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, Yuri Zhivago finds himself instead embroiled in the battle between the Whites and the Reds, and in love with the tender and beautiful nurse Lara. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have restored the rhythms, tone, precision, and poetry of Pasternak's original, bringing this classic of world literature gloriously to life for a new generation of readers.

Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago

Author: Boris Pasternak Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2011

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.

The Marsh of Gold Pasternak's writings on Inspiration and Creation

The Marsh of Gold Pasternak's writings on Inspiration and Creation

Author: Boris Pasternak Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2008

Major statements by the celebrated Russian poet Boris Pasternak (1890-1960) about poetry, inspiration, the creative process and the significance of artistic/literary creativity in his own life as well as in human life altogether, are presented here in his own words (in translation) and are discussed in the extensive Commentaries and Introduction. The texts range from 1910 to 1946 and are between two and ninety pages long. There are commentaries on all the texts, as well as a final essay on Pasternak's famous novel Doctor Zhivago, which is looked at here in the light of what it says on art and inspiration. Although universally acknowledged as one of the great writers of the twentieth century, Pasternak is not yet sufficiently recognised as the highly original and important thinker that he also was. All his life he thought and wrote about the nature and significance of the experience of inspiration, though avoiding the word 'inspiration' where possible as his own views were not the conventional ones. The Marsh of Gold strives to make this - philosophical - aspect of his work better known, and to communicate to readers without Russian the pleasure and interest of an 'inspired' life as Pasternak experienced it.

The Marsh of Gold Pasternak's Writings on Inspiration and Creation

The Marsh of Gold Pasternak's Writings on Inspiration and Creation

Author: Boris Pasternak Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2008

Major statements by the celebrated Russian poet Boris Pasternak (1890-1960) about poetry, inspiration, the creative process and the significance of artistic/literary creativity in his own life as well as in human life altogether, are presented here in his own words (in translation) and are discussed in the extensive Commentaries and Introduction. The texts range from 1910 to 1946 and are between two and ninety pages long. There are Commentaries on all the texts, as well as a final Essay on Pasternak's famous novel Doctor Zhivago , which is looked at here in the light of what it says on art and inspiration.Although universally acknowledged as one of the great writers of the twentieth century, Pasternak is not yet sufficiently recognised as the highly original and important thinker that he also was. All his life he thought and wrote about the nature and significance of the experience of inspiration, though avoiding the word 'inspiration' where possible as his own views were not the conventional ones. My book's purpose is (a) to make this - philosophical - aspect of his work better known, and (b) to communicate to readers without Russian the pleasure and interest of an 'inspired' life as Pasternak experienced it.

Level 5: Dr Zhivago

Level 5: Dr Zhivago

Author: Boris Pasternak Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/04/2008

Contemporary / British English The Russian Revolution -- four young people, Yury, Tonya, Lara and Pasha, find love and lose it in this extraordinary time. Their heart-breaking stories make Dr Zhivago one of the greatest romantic books, and films, of the century.

Second Nature Poems

Second Nature Poems

Author: Boris Pasternak, Andrei Navrozov Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/06/2003

In this collected volume of Pasternak's poetry Andrei Navrozov seeks to transport the English-language reader into the Russian poet's mysterious lyric universe. Both inventive and exact, the poems in Second Nature are inspired by life and soenery from the natural world. This essential volume retains the entertaining and controversial introduction by Andrei Navrozov which scandalised the literary columns when the book was first published in 1990. Second Nature has since been acclaimed by leading Pasternak scholars and enthusiasts.

Doctor Zhivago (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

Doctor Zhivago (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

Author: Boris Pasternak Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/09/2002

TRANSLATED BY MAX HAYWARD AND MANYA HARARI Banned in the Soviet Union until 1988, Doctor Zhivago is the epic story of the life and loves of a poet-physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Taking his family from Moscow to shelter in the Ural Mountains, Yuri Zhivago finds himself embroiled in a battle between the Whites and the Reds, and in love with the beautiful nurse Lara.

My Sister, Life

My Sister, Life

Author: Boris Pasternak Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/09/2001

In Russian poetry, Boris Pasternak's My Sister-Life is the equivalent of The Waste Land , Spring , and Harmonium . Written in 1917, the cycle of poems in My Sister-Life concentrates on personal journeys and loves, but is permeated by the tension and promise of the impending October revolution. Pasternak is an uncompromisingly complex poetic stylist, and his meticulous attention to structure, etymology, and phonetic qualities of words makes his poetry a formidable challenge for the translator.

Dr Zhivago

Dr Zhivago

Author: Boris Pasternak Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/1991

Doctor Zhivago is the epic novel of Russia in the throes of revolution and one of the greatest love stories ever told. Yuri Zhivago, physician and poet, wrestles with the new order and confronts the changes cruel experience has made in him and the anguish of being torn between the love of two women.

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