Doctor Zhivago (1957) by Boris Pasternak
Doctor Zhivago (Everyman's Library Classics)
by Boris Pasternak
During the Second War, poet Boris Pasternak wrote prose about the First—about the Russian Revolution. Doctor Zhivago concerns Pasternak’s alter ego, physician-poet Yuri Zhivago: his youth and early marriage, abduction by the Red Partisans, and enduring love for “Lara,” Larissa Feodorovna. The novel, an Orthodox censer’s blend of mysticism and erotic kitsch, was a censor’s feast: It espoused no politics but that of the individual, which stance provoked the suspicion of the Soviet authorities. Their 1956 suppression turned the book into a legend, while in 1965 Omar Sharif and Julie Christie, with hesitant accents, did its author a notable service: They made a mediocre but popular film. Five million of said individuals, on six continents, purchased copies within two decades of the novel’s release.
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