Doctor Zhivago

by Boris Pasternak

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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.

Doctor Zhivago Synopsis

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 material omitted from the original translation, as well as the rhythms, tone, precision, and poetry of Pasternak’s original. With a specially commissioned front cover designed by acclaimed artist Tord Boontje, this new edition brings a classic of world literature gloriously to life for a new generation of readers.


Together, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have translated works by Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Bulgakov and Gogol. They are married and live in France, where Pevear is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at the American University of Paris.

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ISBN: 9781846553790
Publication date: 14/10/2010
Publisher: Harvill Secker an imprint of CCV
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781846553790
Publication date: 14th October 2010
Author: Boris Pasternak
Publisher: Harvill Secker an imprint of CCV
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,

About Boris Pasternak

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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