Boris Pasternak was a Russian poet, novelist, and literary translator. He is best known for his novel 'Doctor Zhivago', a tragic story set against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution and the subsequent Civil War. Despite the novel being banned in the Soviet Union for its independent-minded stance on the October Revolution, it won Pasternak the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958, which he was forced to decline under pressure from Soviet authorities. His poetry, characterized by its lyrical style and profound philosophical themes, remains influential and widely studied in Russian literature.
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Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the Russian Revolution, the book follows the life of a physician and poet, Yuri Zhivago, as he navigates the political and social upheaval of the early 20th century. Torn between his love for two women, his wife Tonya and his passionate mistress Lara, Zhivago's personal struggles mirror the larger societal changes occurring around him. The novel explores themes of love, war, and the human spirit, offering a poignant and complex portrait of life during a time of revolutionary change.
This collection of poetry offers a rich tapestry of the author's lyrical and philosophical musings, reflecting his deep engagement with nature, love, and the tumultuous socio-political landscape of his time. The poems traverse a wide emotional and intellectual spectrum, from intimate personal experiences to grand historical narratives, all woven together with a masterful command of language and imagery. The poet's unique voice resonates throughout the anthology, revealing a profound connection to the human condition and an unyielding quest for truth and beauty amidst the complexities of the 20th century.