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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 Yuri Zhivago finds himself instead embroiled in the battle between the Whites and the Reds. Before getting to indulge in this Russian epic I had to decide what translation to go for For me this was a big deal whether to choose the reader friendly version or a newer translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky that sticks closer to Pasternak s original difficult text I went for the latter simply because if this is how Pasternak wrote it then I wanted to read it in the purest form Even if it meant not sitting in the comfort zone for much of the time Both Pevear and Volokhonsky have worked on much of Dostoyevsky s work and received translation accolades in the process I scored this top marks yes but one thing is certain I will definitely have to read it again for a broader and richer experience I spent half the time thinking so hard about something that went before and lost track somewhat with the present There was just so much to take in even though I read in huge chunks without distractions slowly and methodically it still felt overwhelming All the signs are there for one heck of a remarkable novel but I couldn t help feel my hands were only brushing gently over a layer of snow rather than thrust deeper into all that coldnessThe result though after it s first outing still remains a special oneDoctor Zhivago opens in the first years of the century spans the revolution civil war and terror of the thirties and ends with an epilogue in the mid 1940s On a level far deeper than politics and with a strength and sterility that must remove all doubts it persuades us that the yearning for freedom remains indestructible uietly and resolutely Pasternak speaks for the sanctity of human life turning to those eternal uestions which made the Russian novel so magnificent and he seems to have made a lot of other world renowned novels seem that little bit trivialPasternak spent ten years up to 1955 working on Doctor Zhivago he considered it the work that justified not only his own life but that of fellow Russians who had perished through decades of war And one thing I can t yet decide on is whether this is a love story set against the backdrop of war or a war story set against the backdrop of love Both play so heavily throughout yet not one stands out beyond the other It s little surprise to me that in 1958 rumours began circulating that Pasternak was a likely candidate for the Nobel Prize which he rightly won The Academy cited him for an important achievement in the novel his contemporary lyrical poetry and the field of Russian traditions His vision here is essentially defined by real presence by the intense physical and emotional sensations of his main characters Whilst these characters internally are some of the best I have ever come across it s also worth noting just how important a role the landscape plays His descriptions here are nothing short of spectacular I still feel the chill the snow the wind and the big thawPasternak captivates in his characters fallacy in his world the inanimate nature constantly participates in the action but there is no historical or psychological analysis in the narrative no running commentary on the causes of events or the motives behind the person This was a masterstroke in creating a deep feeling of the chaos that surrounds them at every turn during the second half of the novel There is a lot of random movement for no particular reason chance encounters sudden out nowhere disruptions trams and trains coming to an abrupt halt and the breakdown of communication between all those caught up in the upheavals of war He portrays happenings as they happen sometimes right in the middle of something else And although this may not be music to ears of all I can fully appreciate just what he set out to achieve in keeping things as realistic as possible When you think of civil war revolutions and political terror how on earth can you expect things to run smoothlyAnd that brings me on to the names which took some getting use to The principle characters all go by different names at different points Sometimes their names would even change mid sentence For example Zhivago Yuri Andreievich Yura or Yurochka His wife Tonya Antonia Alexandrovna or Tonechka and his lover Lara Larissa Larochka Antipova Gromeko There is also an extraordinary play with the names of minor characters they are plausible but often barely so Some have oddly specific meaning Some are so long that for the Russianless reader it has the ability to cause headaches On places used some like Moscow are obviously real but out in the Urals fictional places exist And there is a big difference in these worlds One historically accurate the other almost takes on the feel of folklore The novel moves around one place to another and back again creating a double sense of time it never stands still Even when people are just sitting or in the arms of one another Once Pasternak reaches the revolutionary period the novel becomes a kind of spiritual biography still rich in social references but primarily the record of a mind struggling for survival What now matters most is the personal fate of Zhivago and his relationships with two other characters Lara the woman who is to be the love of his life and Strelnikov a partisan leader who exemplifies all of the ruthless revolutionary will that Zhivago lacks Zhivago s time as a family man and doctor are long gone and thinking back to the novel s opening sections feels like it was read in another life Even though it was only a few weeks ago The huge scale of the story is simply exceptionalThere is a section of some twenty pages towards the end that seem to me one of the greatest pieces of imaginative prose written in our time It soars to a severe and tragic gravity the likes of which haven t affected me this much before What Begins as a portrait of Russia would end as a love story told with the force and purity that s never to be forgotten A book of truth of courage of wisdom and of beauty a stunning work of art where one s final thought is nothing less than a feeling of deep respect for both novel and writerThis version concludes with the poems of Yuri Zhivago which polishes off perfectly the immensely felt novel that went before

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And in love with the tender and beautiful nurse LaraRichard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have restored the rhythms tone precision and poetry of Pasternak's original bringing this classic of world literature gloriously to life for a new generation of reade. The 1965 David Lean film with the same title is one of my all time favorite movies and so it was an inevitability that I would one day finally read Boris Pasternak s novel masterpiece Like James Dickey and Robert Penn Warren this novel written by a poet leaves the reader with an idea of lyric uality Nowhere is his identification as a poet realized than at the end as the books finishes with a section of poetry though there are passages throughout the book that blend seamlessly into an introspective mystical poetry and back again to the illustrative narrative This style is a stark contrast to the realistic journalistic prose of Truman Capote s In Cold Blood written just a few years later but across the pond The freuent references to Russian mysticism and a longing for an older idyllic time is reminiscent of Bulgakov s The Master and Margarita The air smells of pancakes and vodka This is expressionism feigning realism The great art of Doctor Zhivago is the connection with the tragic time and place it documents the Russian transformation into the Soviet Union Yuri Andreyivich becomes a personification for the lost Russia his mother s funeral and his father s suicide further metaphor for a lost innocence a cutting off and separation from what was and an isolationist orphaned stepping into the future Zhivago s journey along with his fellow Russians into Soviet communism and his evolving disillusionment is both an allegory of the torture of individuality and a prayer for the undying hope and poetry of human resiliency Yet Pasternak and by extension his creation Zhivago makes allowances for the need for social reform in Russia and so his later and eventual dissatisfaction with communism has greater weight and credibilityBesides Yuri Andreyivich Pasternak describes a triumvirate of Russian characters PashaStrelnikov Kamerovski and of course Lara Pasha who transforms himself into the Red Army terrorist Strelnikov who also resembles Conrad s Kurtz personifies the Russian idealist who is seduced and blinded by power who begins with well intentioned plans and dreams and comes to murder outrage and a death of moral courage Kamerovski could be on a short list of greatest literary villains of the twentieth century The shameless lawyer who betrayed Yuri s parents and ruined Lara comes to symbolize the debauchery of Czarist Russian the extravagance and immoral bankruptcy of the times Lara is Mother Russia raped by a gilded villain obligatorily married to an ideal and in love hopelessly and tragically to a poet philosopher with whom togetherness cannot beI can understand how someone could call this their favorite work of all time it was beautifully written and like Tolstoy s War and Peace was iconoclastically both epic and intimately personal I did very much enjoy reading it and Pasternak s poetic prose gives a magnified appreciation to Lean s work which was a fine tribute to the Great Russian novel

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From the acclaimed translators of War and Peace and Anna Karenina a stunning new translation of Boris Pasternak's Nobel Prize winning masterpiece the first since the 1958 original Banned in the Soviet Union until 1988 Doctor Zhivago is the epic story of the. I sometimes stroke my copy of Doctor Zhivago gently I doubt I will find time to reread it soon but it is one of those books I like to think I will read again some day even though it is written into my heart already and has stayed there firmly ever since it first entered it decades ago Is it better than any other of the masterpieces of world literature Probably not But it is something deeply deeply personal Something that affects the human core of the reader beyond any compassion for lost love and broken hope in political change There is something heartwarming and wonderful about poetry written in the crystal clear cold of Russian winter There is something beyond the mere storytelling in Doctor Zhivago that makes me want to caress the words that make up the journey of a doctor whose life stayed individual in the dystopian reality of the Russian Revolution and beyond whose heart kept making him feel alive despite the cold of the era he lived throughI have the impression that if he didn t complicate his life so needlessly he would die of boredomComplicating life is filling it with meaning Nobody can take that away from us no matter what our circumstances areDare to live dare to be a poet Dare to be youI love this novel to bits and I also love the old movie which is so unusual for me that I can t think of any other bookfilm congruency in my life But Omar Sharif has just the reuired life complication in his eyes

10 thoughts on “Доктор Живаго

  1. says:

    When I read this in my early twenties it went straight into my top ten favourite novels All the ravishing set pieces of snow the high adventure of the long train journeys through spectacular landscapes and Yuri and Lara as the romantically bound orphans of the storm was irresistible to my romantic young imagination On top of that as you’d e

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    There was no way I could ever escape reading Doctor Zhivago After all I'm a proud daughter of a literature teacher; this book earned the Nobe

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    I sometimes stroke my copy of Doctor Zhivago gently I doubt I will find time to reread it soon but it is one of those books I like to think I will read again some day even though it is written into my heart alre

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    This is a timeless masterpiece While many readers are going to love this book I think others will find themselves bogged down by its m

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    486 До́ктор Жива́го Doctor Zhivago Boris PasternakDoctor Zhivago is a novel by Boris Pasternak first published in 1957 in Italy The novel is named after its protagonist Yuri Zhivago a physician and poet and takes place between the Russian Revolution of 1905 and World War II The plot of Doctor Zhivago is long and intricate It can be difficult to follow for two main reasons first Pasternak employs many characters who interact

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    Before getting to indulge in this Russian epic I had to decide what translation to go for For me this was a big deal whether to choose the reader friendly version or a newer translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky that sticks closer to Pasternak's original difficult text I went for the latter simply because if this i

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    There is one edition of Doctor Zhivago whose cover boasts that it is 'one of the greatest love stories ever told' In fact that one tagline is what almost put me off reading this epic novel from Russian master poet Boris Pasternak This is a hefty book I didn't want to dedicate all my time to a soppy love story Thankfully calling Doctor Zhivago a 'love story' is like saying Crime and Punishment is about the peri

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    This is going to be a difficult review to write as I have developed a real love hate relationship with this book It is an epic story about a man who is supposed to be this tragic hero separated from the women he loved by the cruel times of revolution and civil war If you ask me he was just a fill in with your fa

  9. says:

    The 1965 David Lean film with the same title is one of my all time favorite movies and so it was an inevitability that I would one day finally read Boris Pasternak’s novel masterpiece Like James Dickey and Robert Penn Warren this

  10. says:

    It snowed it snowed over all the worldFrom end to endA candle burned on the tableA candle burned I have spent three hours just writing down my bookmarks in the text and in the end I realised that all I needed was this little stanza from one of the Zhivago’s poems included at the end of the novel We need art to illuminate a bleak existence to comfort us in the cold lonely hours when sleep refuses to come an

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