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Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  

Doctor Zhivago

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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.

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Synopsis

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

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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The first work of genius to come out of Russia since the Revolution -- V.S. Pritchett The English-speaking world is indebted to these two magnificent translators New York Review of Books One of the great events in man's literary and moral history -- Edmund Wilson Thanks to [Peaver and Volokhonsky's] sensitive rendering, those reading Doctor Zhivago in English can now get a far better sense of Pasternak's style, for they have produced an English text that conveys the nuances...of Pasternak's writing. Notably as well, their version includes some phrases and sentences that inexplicably were omitted by the original translators. The text is accompanied by useful notes in the back that provide information about many historical and cultural references that would otherwise be obscure for those coming to the novel for the first time. Without a doubt, their version will become the standard translation of the novel for years to come. -- Barry Scherr, Professor of Russian, Dartmouth College Belongs to that small group of novels by which all others are ultimately judged -- Frank Kermode Spectator


About the Author

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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Book Info

Publication date

14th October 2010

Author

Boris Pasternak

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Publisher

Harvill Secker an imprint of CCV

Format

Hardback
544 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Romantic Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781846553790

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