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Boris Pasternak

Boris Pasternak
A Literary Biography

Volume 2. 1928–1960

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Part of Boris Pasternak: A Literary Biography

  • Date Published: February 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521520737

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  • This is the long-awaited concluding volume of Christopher Barnes's acclaimed biography of the Russian poet and prose writer, Boris Pasternak. Barnes discusses Pasternak's relations with the Communist régime and the literary establishment, his original writing, and the controversies surrounding the publication of Dr. Zhivago and the award of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

    • Long-awaited second and concluding volume of acclaimed biography, 'likely to become the definitive reference work to Pasternak's life'
    • Covers most exciting period in Pasternak's life, including the controversial publication of Dr Zhivago and the Nobel Prize award
    • Unprecedented access to and use of eyewitness accounts, archive material (including the Pasternak family archive), biographical and background information
    • Set in the context of Stalin's and Kruschov's Russia
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Barnes's biography brings us as close as we are likely to come to this awkward, sometimes mysterious, sometimes transparently foolish man." Sunday Times

    "In this extraordinary book, Barnes does for Boris Pasternak what Joseph Frank, in his brilliant multivolume study, did for Fyodor Dostoevsky--i.e., combine meticulous scholarship with a broad understanding of the times and weave both into an enthralling account of the writer's life and works." Choice

    "Barnes' accomplishment is an artistic achievement, illuminating Pasternak as the author might himself have enjoyed, relating the ineffable forces of art and history as experienced by Zhivago and Pasternak himself. Highly recommended for all academic collections." Choice

    "...this volume is far more than a standard literary biography. Barnes' accomplishment is an artistic achievement..." Choice

    "After this study, no other biography with the right mixture of intellectual, social and creative skills is likely to appear for a very long time, and few new revelations about Pasternak's life can be expected." Donald Reyfield, Times Literary Supplement

    "...very informative and scrupulously detailed..." Rimvydas ^DvSilbajoris, World Literature Today

    "...sure to be vital importance to Pasternak scholars and of tremendous interest to nonspecialists for a long time to come." Karen Evans-Romaine, Slavic Review

    "With the completion of volume 2, Christopher Barnes has produced the definitive biography of Boris Pasternak. This is essential reading for all scholars of twentienth-century Russian literature." Rimgaila Salys, Russian Review

    "Barnes's biography is a exemplary contribution to the scholarship on the twentieth-century Russian poets, and will interest all devotees of modern literature." Slavic and East European Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521520737
    • length: 512 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 155 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.76kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The crisis of the lyric
    2. Time of plague
    3. New love and second birth
    4. A prisoner of the time
    5. Congress, consensus and confrontation
    6. Peredelkino and the purges
    7. Prose, obscurity and Hamlet
    8. Word War and evacuation
    9. Christopol translation
    10. War and peace in Moscow
    11. 'From immortality's archive' - birth of a novel
    12. Faustian pursuits in life and letters
    13. The darkness before dawn
    14. Creations of the Thaw
    14. The skies clear … and darken
    16. The printing and the prize
    17. 'Other new goals': the final year
    Notes, Bibliography
    Index of works by Pasternak
    General index.

  • Author

    Christopher Barnes, University of Toronto

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