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“One of the very great books of our time.” —The New Yorker
“Pevear and Volokhonsky have done a masterly job translating what ought to be considered the definitive English edition of Doctor Zhivago.” —The New Criterion
“A welcome opportunity for anyone who has already read Dr. Zhivago to revisit it and experience a richly rewarding fresh take on an epic tale. For those coming to it for the first time it is a chance to read one of the greatest novels of all times.” —New York Journal of Books
“As well as a gripping story, Doctor Zhivago is a work of meditation and quiet challenge. Pasternak meant every word of it. I believe he would be pleased with the powerful fidelity of the translation now before us.” —Angela Livingstone, The Times Literary Supplement (London)
A poet, translator, and novelist, Boris Pasternak was born in Moscow in 1890. In 1958 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature but, facing threats from Soviet authorities, refused the prize. He lived in virtual exile in an artists’ community near Moscow until his death in 1960.
The footnotes are very helpful, and one doesn't need to take notes ( as one has to do with other translations).
Translating DOCTOR ZHIVAGO was clearly a labor of love for Pevear & Volokhonsky, or so it seemed to me after reading their translation of WAR & PEACE just before this.
I watched the movie before I read the book and one thing for sure is the fact that the movie dwelled too much on the Lara and Yuri love story.
My husband has one in Russian and wanted the English to compare and
help him study the Russian language.
I'm quitting this book after about 125 pages. Unfortunately, the translation is awkward and at times ludicrous. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard Reynolds
...and, that's it for me. This is the fourth Russian novel I've read thus far this year, and I need someone to stick a fork in me because I'm done. Possibly forever. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jennifer Grey
Great writing -- beautiful and lyrical. But the story was too difficult to follow and it was hard to like any of the characters.Published 5 months ago by Frank Mundo
This is an excellent novel, with a love story set in the turmoil of the Russian revolution.Published 5 months ago by William Free