Dr. Zhivago

By Boris Leonidovich Pasternak

Synopsis

Doctor Zhivago is the epic novel of Russia in the throes of revolution and one of the greatest love stories ever told. Yuri Zhivago, physician and poet, wrestles with the new order and confronts the changes cruel experience has made in him and the anguish of being torn between the love of two women.

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Author Biography

Boris Leonidovich Pasternak was born in Moscow to talented artists: his father a painter and illustrator of Tolstoy's works, his mother a well-known concert pianist. Pasternak studied music for six years before attending the University of Marburg, Germany, to study philosophy. After four months there and a trip to Italy, he returned to Russia and decided to dedicate himself to literature.

Pasternak wrote several books of verse and short stories, as well as an autobiography. His only novel (saving an earlier 'novel in verse'), Dr Zhivago, appeared for the first time in an Italian translation in 1957.