Doctor Zhivago

by Boris Pasternak, Max Hayward, Manya Harari, John Bayley

This epic tale about the effects of the Russian Revolution and its aftermath on a bourgeois family was not published in the Soviet Union until1987.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 592 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.04 out of 5
  • Published March 18th 1997 by Pantheon
  • Original Title: Доктор Живаго
  • ISBN: 0679774386 (ISBN13: 9780679774389)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Characters: Gordon
  • Zjivago
  • Gromeko
  • Markel
  • Antipov...more
  • Guichard
  • Komarovski
  • Kologrivov
  • Tiverzin
  • Galioellin
  • Vledjenjapin
  • Doedorov
  • Djamina...less
  • Literary Awards: Premio Bancarella (1958)

This epic tale about the effects of the Russian Revolution and its aftermath on a bourgeois family was not published in the Soviet Union until 1987. One of the results of its publication in the West was Pasternak’s complete rejection by Soviet authorities; when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958 he was compelled to decline it. The book quickly became an international best-seller.Dr. Yury Zhivago, Pasternak’s alter ego, is a poet, philosopher, and physician whose life is disrupted by the war and by his love for Lara, the wife of a revolutionary. His artistic nature makes him vulnerable to the brutality and harshness of the Bolsheviks. The poems he writes constitute some of the most beautiful writing in the novel.