Boris Pasternak

Boris Pasternak

Boris Leonidovich Pasternak (1890–1960) was born in Moscow to a wealthy family. Originally he intended to become a composer, but later chose writing as a career. His most well-known work, Dr. Zhivago, was published in the late 1950s. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958.

Safe Conduct, An Autobiography And Other Writings

Fiction by Boris Pasternak

The awarding of the 1958 Nobel Prize for Literature to Boris Pasternak and the subsequent calumny of his fellow citizens in Soviet Russia focused unusual attention on Pasternak’s great novel, Dr. Zhivago, and the small body of his other work. At that time, the latter was only available (in any language, as far as is known) in New Directions’ Selected Writings of Pasternak, first published in 1949. The 1958 edition was issued with a new introduction by Babette Deutsch under the title of the book’s main component, Pasternak’s autobiography.…
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Pasternak possesses the gift, essential to durable writing, of particularizing even seemingly trivial events in such a way as to enhance them, so that they take on universality, while drenched with the here and now.

—Babette Deutsch
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