His mother was Rosa Kaufmana concert pianist and the daughter of Odessa industrialist Isadore Kaufman and his wife.
Jan 23, Elena rated it it was amazing This volume of personal letters reads like a novel, and is emotionally devastating by the end, wrenching but wrenching in gorgeous language. Beautifully edited and expertly translated by family members, the collection covers nearly half a century when one of the most brilliant families in Russia was divided by the complicated aftermath of the Russian Revolution and then by the Cold War.
His parents and sisters in Germany, he and his brother in the Soviet Union. I read this correspondence after fi This volume of personal letters reads like a novel, and is emotionally devastating by the end, wrenching but wrenching in gorgeous language.
I read this correspondence after finishing Nabokov's "Letters to Vera" which cover Russian emigre life in Germany up to the bitter end, when they had to flee yet again.
Nabokov, unlike Pasternak, could not remain in Russia after the Revolution, and there are a few poignant passages where Nabokov mourns the loss of his Russian language community. Boris Pasternak firmly decided to remain in the face of immense obstacles even though his family privileges would have enabled him to relocate to Europe.
Pasternak mourns the loss of the elegant pre-revolutionary language of his immensely cultured parents. He feels his Russian is being polluted by the vulgarity around him. Nabokov is horrified by the more benign vulgarity of the culture he encounters, and reminisces with Vera that they know something that was better.
Both were originally poets who later turned to prose for different reasons.
As young poets both were considered to be Russian Rilkes, and both were flattered by the comparison. That said, Nabokov's one mention of Pasternak in his letters is not complimentary. Pasternak is a better fit as the Russian Rilke, and Rilke, a friend of his father Leonid, played a crucial role in his life.
Nabokov's correspondence was heavily "curated" by Vera, her own letters she destroyed, and some of his are only know from recordings of partial readings by her. The Pasternak letters feel more honest. The editors let misunderstandings show.
And decode Boris' efforts to explain the purges to his family in Europe using cryptic references, some of which they understand and others they miss One close friend after another is imprisoned and worse Curiously Boris emphasizes over and over throughout the years his intense embarrassment at being glorified by the authorities and by those intellectuals left in the Soviet Union when his literary output has been fragmentary.
But such shimmering fragments! He contrasts his undeserved fame with his father, whose splendid output as a painter was appreciated by people like Tolstoy and Einstein, but did not bring the level of fame it deserved. While Boris' fame was, as yet,undeserved. The letters also document Pasternak's early determination to distill the 20th century Russian experience into novel form.Doctor Zhivago (Russian: До́ктор Жива́го, IPA: [ˈdoktər ʐɨˈvaɡə]) is a novel by Boris Pasternak, first published in in kaja-net.com novel is named after its protagonist, Yuri Zhivago, a physician and poet, and takes place between the Russian Revolution of and World War II..
Due to the author's independent-minded stance on the October . Enlarge Book Cover. Lara The Untold Love Story and the Inspiration for Doctor Zhivago. by Anna Pasternak. On Sale: and they were keen to disavow Olga’s role in Boris’s writing process.
Twice Olga was sentenced to work in Siberian labor camps, where she was interrogated about the book Boris was writing, but she refused to betray the man. 1) Born into an artistic family. Boris Pasternak was born into an artistic family.
His father, Leonid Pasternak, was a well-known artist, a member . The item may have markings like writing, highlighting, etc. Fast Amazon shipping! No-hassle returns. 24/7 Satisfaction Guaranteed! I just finished Boris Pasternak’s novel, “Doctor Zhivago,” and I’m a bit wrecked.
I had to lie down after finishing. This was a re-reading after too many years/5(). Pasternak fell in love with Ida Wissotzkaya, a girl from a notable Moscow family of tea merchants, whose company Wissotzky Tea was the largest tea company in the world.
Pasternak had tutored her in the final class of high school. Apr 29, · This selection of Boris Pasternak's correspondence with his parents and sisters from to —including more than illustrations and photos—is an authoritative, indispensable introduction and guide to the great writer's life and work.5/5(1).