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“The best way to understand Pasternak’s achievement in Doctor Zhivago is to see it in terms of this great Russian literary tradition, as a fairy tale, not so much of good and evil as of opposing forces and needs in human destiny and history that can never be reconciled . . . [Zhivago is] a figure who embodies the principle of life itself, the principle that contradicts every abstraction of revolutionary politics.”—from the Introduction by John Bayley --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
I watched the movie before I read the book and one thing for sure is the fact that the movie dwelled too much on the Lara and Yuri love story. Read morePublished 23 months ago by John T C
Great - Bought this for my son - he loved it!! This is one of his favourite movies!! Thanks for everything!!Published on April 6 2013 by JM
It was amazing! I bought this used classic book in very good condition for ONE cent! An experience reading it is priceless.Published on Feb. 6 2011 by Svetlana Saitova
I've been a fan of Pasternak the poet and human being for a long time. His poetry is beautiful, reflecting his deep love of nature and his native land, and I've always found it... Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by Anyechka
...a stellar translation and the only one to buy. Most cross-linguistic clumsiness is eliminated, leaving only the text's raw grace.Published on April 28 2004 by Book dallier
The manuscript for this novel was smuggled out of the Soviet Union and published initially in Europe. Read morePublished on April 25 2004 by Fred Camfield
Absolutely terrible. He should have stuck to writing poetry. If you're interested in the story, see the movie: it's true to the book but is actually organized and coherent.Published on Jan. 10 2004 by Zingerific
This book is about the survival of human spirit and love above war and other evils that affected Russia during the revolution. The story follows Dr. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2003 by T. Chandrayadula
This is really a great book. As I understand, when it first came out, it was banned in the Soviet Union and the author was not allowed to go and get his Nobel Prize. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2003 by Andrew C. LING