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Boris Pasternak

Boris Pasternak
A Literary Biography
2 Volume Paperback Set


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  • Date Published: December 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9780521520744

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  • The definitive biography of Boris Pasternak, a major twentieth-century Russian author and the creator of Dr Zhivago, is now available for the first time as a two-volume set in paperback. Drawing on archive material (including the Pasternak family archive), eyewitness accounts and a huge range of biographical and background information, Christopher Barnes brings to light many aspects of Pasternak's personality and private life, while illuminating his relations with the Communist régime and the literary establishment. There is a detailed discussion of Pasternak's original writing (with ample quotation in English translation), and his translations of Goethe, Shakespeare and others. Barnes traces the origins and development of Dr Zhivago, and explores the personal and political implications of the novel's controversial publication. The biography concludes with a discussion of Pasternak's Nobel Prize award, Final Years and Death, and with a brief account of his posthumous and artistic legacy.

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    'The definitive reference work to Pasternak's life.' The Sunday Times

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    • Date Published: December 2004
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9780521520744
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 61 mm
    • weight: 1.58kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: List of illustrations
    1. Origins and infancy
    2. School and Scriabin
    3. Revolution and Berlin
    4. Youth's impressions, literature and music
    5. Literature, love and creativity
    6. Philosophy in Moscow and Marburg
    7. A literary launch
    8. Wartime in the Urals and Over the Barriers
    9. Quiet Hills and revolution
    10. Civil war activities
    11. Berlin interlude
    12. Malady Sublime and the air of history
    13. The epic age
    14. Breaches, losses, and lyric revival
    Volume 2:
    1. The crisis of the lyric
    2. Time of plague
    3. New love and second birth
    4. A prisoner of the time
    5. Congress, consensus and confrontation
    6. Peredelkino and the purges
    7. Prose, obscurity and Hamlet
    8. Word War and evacuation
    9. Christopol translation
    10. War and peace in Moscow
    11. 'From immortality's archive' - birth of a novel
    12. Faustian pursuits in life and letters
    13. The darkness before dawn
    14. Creations of the Thaw
    14. The skies clear … and darken
    16. The printing and the prize
    17. 'Other new goals': the final year
    Notes, Bibliography
    Index of works by Pasternak
    General index.

  • Author

    Christopher Barnes

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