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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. 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 Nobel Prize for Boris Pasternak and it has been staring at me from the top of my to read pile for years with uiet accusationAnd so reader I finally read it Doctor Zhivago is an interesting novel It is very character centered but is absolutely not character driven It is an epochal novel focused on the particularly turbulent violent and uncertain but yet future defining era in Russian history the time frame around the Russian Revolution and the following years of brutality and confusion in the Russian Civil War The driving forces of the story are the freuently senseless and almost always cruel historical events a greater force against which the efforts and intentions and agency itself of the characters are pathetically frustratingly helpless and futile It is really a story of individual fates trampled under the relentlessly rolling forward bulldozer of historyWhat may surprise some people who via the phenomenon of cultural osmosis may know of this story as one of the greatest stories of forbidden and doomed love ever written or something of similar sort a misunderstanding perhaps perpetuated by the 1960s screen adaptation of this book the love story is a uite small part of the overall plot Don t read it for the pangs of unreuited love or the tension of the love triangle the disappointment is sure to come if those are your expectationsBoris Pasternak with the bravery not encouraged in the Soviet Union seemed to be not only acutely aware of the historical forces relentlessly driving the lives of his compatriots but also which was definitely unacceptable and a few years prior to the completion of the novel under the ever increasing paranoia of Josef Stalin s rule would have been in the best case scenario punished by uite a few years in GULAG concentration camps in the depths of Siberia recognized the absolute senselessness of so much if what had happened His courage in expressing such views paid off in the form Nobel Prize that he was successfully pressured to reject back in 1958 the Nobel Prize that was given as we know now not just for the merits of the novel itself but for what it represented a daring slap in the face of the Soviet system both despised and feared in the Western worldWhile I m at it I d like to make sure I get across that while being uite skeptical about the October Socialist Revolution and its conseuences Pasternak was definitely not even close to being starry eyed or wearing rose tinted glasses of nostalgia when it came to the old way of living in Russia the world shattered by the events of the revolution He never leaves a doubt that the old world order needed to be changed that the change was both necessary and organically expected but the direction the change took was painfully brutal and perhaps less than ideal and those who have suffered from such a radical change were perhaps the best people Russia had at that time but their value has not made them any less vulnerable to the unrelenting march of time and dictatorship of proletariat It s only in bad novels that people are divided into two camps and have nothing to do with each other In real life everything gets mixed up Don t you think you d have to be a hopeless nonentity to play only one role all your life to have only one place in society always to stand for the same thingYes Pasternak clearly had strong views on what has happened and continued to happen No surprise he used his novel to express them Therefore you do get pages and pages of beautifully expressed opinions in the form of passionate speeches These pages are both wonderful since they are so insightful and interesting and full of understanding of internal and external conflicts that go into the formation of these opinions as well as actually detrimental to the novel in the way we usually think of novels since there is little dialog as such most of it replaced by passionate oration These speeches hinder the narrative flow and introduce early on the feeling of artificialness never allowing you to forget that this novel is a construction that serves the author s purpose rather than being an organic story No single man makes history History cannot be seen just as one cannot see grass growing Wars and revolutions kings and Robespierres are history s organic agents its yeast But revolutions are made by fanatical men of action with one track mind geniuses in their ability to confine themselves to a limited field They overturn the old order in a few hours or days the whole upheaval takes a few weeks or at most years but the fanatical spirit that inspired the upheavals is worshiped for decades thereafter for centuries The character development also suffers from the focus on the greater external events I could never shake off the feeling that the characters were present as merely the vehicles for driving the story to where the author wanted it to go they never developed into real people for me instead remaining the illustrations of Pasternak s points and the mouthpieces for his ideas In short to me even 600 pages in they remained little but obedient marionettes Besides what I found a bit distracting and ringing of contrivance was the sheer amount of coincidences and unbelievable run ins into each other that all his characters experienced in the vast reaches of the Russian empire with freuency that one would expect from neighbors in a tiny village The web of destiny with these improbable conseuences tends to disintegrate into the strings holding up puppets and that s unfortunate in such a monumental bookAnd Pasternak s prose it left me torn On one hand his descriptions are apt and beautiful making scenes come to life with exceptional vividness On the other hand his descriptors and sentences freuently tend to clash marring otherwise beautiful picture The reason these occurrences stand out so much to me is perhaps the knowledge of Pasternak s absolute brilliance as a poet so easily seen in the collection of poems accompanying this novel It s amazing to me to see the level of mastery he shows in his verse the poem A Winter Night collouially known as simply The Candle Burned after its famous refrain is one of the best poems I know honestly and Hamlet is made of pure perfection and therefore a bit disappointing to see it not always repeated in his proseSadly despite my way too long obsessive internet search I could not come across a translation of these poems that came even close to doing justice to their brilliance It s very unfortunate but I guess some things need to be experienced only in the original A good reason to learn Russian rightAnd yet despite the imperfections and the unevenness there is still something in this novel that reflects the genius talent that created it There is still something that did not let me put this book aside even when I realized I did not love it as much as I had hoped The greatness is still there despite the flaws and it remains something to be admired35 stars

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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. 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 perils of being a pawnbrokerDoctor Zhivago is a vast novel Like most great Russian novels there is a large cast of characters all of whom go by at least three different names and many chapters in which a whole lot of nothing happens Therefore being a masochist at heart I just adored it There is nothing I love in a book than pages and pages of nothing and Doctor Zhivago delivers nothingness in abundance For example there is a whole chapter just set in a train carriage Over fifty pages we spend in that carriage Nothing happens And it s brilliant If one insists of a plot synopsis then it is a story of Doctor Yuri Zhivago and his attempt to keep his life together as his country crumbles around himPasternak s politics are very much at play throughout the novel The book was famously banned from publication in the Soviet Union and it is no surprise why Overall I read this work as a searing critiue of the modern Soviet state and the bloodshed from which it grew Pasternak does not side with either the Whites or the Red both destroyed Zhivago s beloved country At times Zhivago does become somewhat of a mouthpiece for Pasternak especially near the end of the novel where it becomes a brutal critiue of everything from War Communism to the NEP to Collectivisation I would suggest a somewhat sound knowledge of the Russian Revolution and its aftermath is needed for this novel as the entire plot is based around the formation of the Soviet state I really enjoyed my time with Doctor Zhivago It is an epic tale of an epic time in modern history It is throughly readable and wholly enjoyable something which you can t often vouch for with Russian literature I would recommend this for Russian lit beginners as it gets the balance of plot and philosophy just right something which Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy often fail to do

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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. This is a timeless masterpiece While many readers are going to love this book I think others will find themselves bogged down by its many details Certainly those readers who enjoy primarily plot driven novels are going to be frustrated by the dreamy Doctor Zhivago


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 a

  2. says:

    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 Nobel Prize for Boris Pasternak; and it has been staring at me from the top of my to read pile for years with uiet accusationAnd so reader I finally read it Doctor Zhivago is an interesting novel It is very character centered but is absolutely not character driven It is an epochal novel focused

  3. says:

    I sometimes stroke my copy of Doctor Zhivago gently I doubt I will find time to reread it soon but it is one of

  4. says:

    This is a timeless masterpiece While many readers are going to love this book I think others will find themselves bogged down by its many details Certainly those readers who enjoy primarily plot driven novels are going to be frustrated by the dreamy Doctor Zhivago

  5. says:

    486 До́ктор Жива́го Doctor Zhivago Boris PasternakDoctor Zhivago is a novel by Boris Pasternak first published in 1957 in Italy T

  6. says:

    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 choos

  7. says:

    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 Do

  8. says:

    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 favourite word for describing a man with commitment and fidelity issues I guess we can interpret the whole storyline as a

  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

  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

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