Doctor Zhivago (Paperback)
First published in Italy in 1957 amid international controversy, "Doctor Zhivago" is the 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, Zhivago finds himself instead embroiled in the battle between the Whites and the Reds. Set against this backdrop of cruelty and strife is Zhivago''s love for the tender and beautiful Lara, the very embodiment of the pain and chaos of those cataclysmic times. Pevear and Volokhonsky masterfully restore the spirit of Pasternak''s original--his style, rhythms, voicings, and tone--in this beautiful translation of a classic of world literature.
From the Publisher:
It is the story of Zhivago, poet and physician, and his struggle to keep his family alive in the midst of the overwhelming chaos of the Russian Revolution. And, it is about Zhivago's love for the beautiful Lara, the woman he pursues beyond all reason, the human symbol of life's sweetness and joy....
From the Paperback edition.
"[A] sorry thing, clumsy and melodramatic, with stock situations, rambling robbers and trite coincidences." - Vladimir Nabokov 01/11/1959 "...now I am writing something entirely different: something new, quite new, luminous, elegant, harmonious, well-proportioned, classically pure and simple--what Winckelmann wanted, yes, and Goethe; and this will be my last word, and most important word, to the world. It is, yes, it is what I wish to be remembered by; I shall devote the rest of my life to it." - Boris Pasternak 1945