Doctor Zhivago

By Boris Pasternak; Richard Pevear (Translator); Larissa Volokhonsky (Translator)
(Pantheon Books, Hardcover, 9780307377692, 544pp.)

Publication Date: October 19, 2010

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Boris Pasternak’s widely acclaimed novel comes gloriously to life in a magnificent new translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, the award-winning translators of War and Peace and Anna Karenina, and to whom, The New York Review of Books declared, “the English-speaking world is indebted.”
 
First published in Italy in 1957 amid international controversy—the novel was banned in the Soviet Union until 1988, and Pasternak declined the Nobel Prize a year later under intense pressure from Soviet authorities—Doctor Zhivago is the story of the 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, Zhivago finds himself instead embroiled in the battle between the Whites and the Reds. Set against this backdrop of cruelty and strife is Zhivago’s love for the tender and beautiful Lara: pursued, found, and lost again, Lara is the very embodiment of the pain and chaos of those cataclysmic times.
 
Stunningly rendered in the spirit of Pasternak’s original—resurrecting his style, rhythms, voicings, and tone—and including an introduction, textual annotations, and a translators’ note, this edition of Doctor Zhivago is destined to become the definitive English translation of our time.




About the Author
Boris Leonidovich Pasternak (February, 1890 May, 1960) was a Nobel Prize-winning Soviet Russian poet and writer. In the West he is best known for the epic novel "Doctor Zhivago", a tragedy, whose events span through the last period of Tsarist Russia and early days of Soviet Union. Pasternak was brought up in a highly cosmopolitan atmosphere, and visitors to his home included pianist and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, poet Rainer Maria Rilke, and writer Leo Tolstoy.

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky were awarded the PEN/ Book-of-the-Month Translation Prize for "The Brothers Karamazov" and have also translated Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment", " Notes from Underground", "Demons", and "The Idiot".

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky were awarded the PEN/ Book-of-the-Month Translation Prize for "The Brothers Karamazov" and have also translated Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment", " Notes from Underground", "Demons", and "The Idiot".
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