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Pasternak was acclaimed as a major poet some 30 years before Doctor Zhivago (1955) made him world famous. After first pursuing promising careers in music and philosophy, he started to write around 1909 and published his first collection of verse in 1914. His first genuine triumph came with the collection My Sister, Life (1917), in which a love affair stimulates a rapturous celebration of nature. The splendid imagery and difficult syntax of this volume are a hallmark of the early Pasternak. During the 1920s, Pasternak tried to accept the reality of the new society and moved from the lyric to the epic, taking up historical and contemporary subjects. The long poem The Year 1905 (1926) is an example. While tolerated by the literary establishment, Pasternak turned increasingly in the 1930s to translation rather than original verse. He was a prolific translator; his versions of major Shakespeare plays are the standard texts used in Soviet theaters. From the start, however, prose was an important focus for Pasternak. The most notable early work is the story "Zhenia's Childhood," written in 1918, which explored a girl's developing consciousness of her surroundings. There is also his artistic and intellectual autobiography Safe Conduct (1931). But Pasternak's greatest prose achievement came later with the novel Doctor Zhivago, written over a number of years and completed in 1955. Its hero, a physician and poet, confronts the great changes of the early twentieth century including world war, revolution, and civil war, and travels a path through life that creates a parallel between his fate and that of Christ. (The theme of preordained sacrifice is strengthened by the cycle of poems included as the last section of the book.) Doctor Zhivago was rejected for publication but appeared in 1957 in the West and won its author worldwide acclaim. A Nobel Prize followed in 1958. This led the Soviet authorities to launch a major public campaign against Pasternak and to make his personal life even more difficult. So successful were they that the poet officially turned down the award. After that, he was left in relative peace and died two years later. He was but the first of many writers in the post-Stalin period to challenge the Soviet state. During the 1970s and 1980s, Pasternak's heritage was cautiously brought into public purview in the Soviet Union. The Gorbachev period saw the removal of all restrictions on his work, and publication of Doctor Zhivago followed at long last. Several major editions of Pasternak's writings have appeared. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Doctor Zhivago… (more)
Doctor Zhivago 10,748 copies, 144 reviews
Safe Conduct 253 copies, 5 reviews
The Poems of Dr. Zhivago 232 copies, 2 reviews
The Last Summer 205 copies, 1 review
My Sister — Life 93 copies, 1 review
An Essay in Autobiography 68 copies, 2 reviews
Letters to Georgian Friends 54 copies, 1 review
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Faust I & II (Translator, some editions) 5,017 copies, 39 reviews
Doctor Zhivago [1965 film] (Original novel) 321 copies, 3 reviews
Letters: Summer 1926 207 copies, 1 review
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The Penguin book of Russian poetry (Contributor) 80 copies
Great Soviet Short Stories (Contributor) 75 copies
Great Stories by Nobel Prize Winners (Contributor) 68 copies, 1 review
Russian Poets (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets) (Contributor) 57 copies, 2 reviews
1917: Stories and Poems from the Russian Revolution (Contributor) 31 copies, 3 reviews
Poems of Boris Pasternak (Associated Name) 19 copies
The Penguin New Writing No. 30 (Contributor) 15 copies
Dr. Zhivago [2002 TV mini series] (Original book) 13 copies
Russische verhalen (Contributor) 11 copies
New World Writing : 15 (Contributor) 4 copies
Pasternak par lui-meme (Contributor) 3 copies
Russland das große Lesebuch (Contributor) 2 copies
The voice of Scotland (Contributor) 1 copy

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