From the Publisher
Boris Pasternak's widely acclaimed novel comes gloriously to
life in a magnificent new translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa
Volokhonsky, the award-winning translators of War and
Peace and Anna Karenina, and to whom, The New
York Review of Books declared, "the English-speaking world is
First published in Italy in 1957 amid international controversy-the
novel was banned in the Soviet Union until 1988, and Pasternak
declined the Nobel Prize a year later under intense pressure from
Soviet authorities-Doctor Zhivago is the story of the life
and loves of a poet-physician during the turmoil of the Russian
Revolution. Taking his family from Moscow to what he hopes will be
shelter in the Ural Mountains, Zhivago finds himself instead
embroiled in the battle between the Whites and the Reds. Set
against this backdrop of cruelty and strife is Zhivago's love for
the tender and beautiful Lara: pursued, found, and lost again, Lara
is the very embodiment of the pain and chaos of those cataclysmic
Stunningly rendered in the spirit of Pasternak's
original-resurrecting his style, rhythms, voicings, and tone-and
including an introduction, textual annotations, and a translators'
note, this edition of Doctor Zhivago is destined to become
the definitive English translation of our time.
About the Author
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.
Richard Pevear and Larissa
Volokhonsky are the award-winning translators of Tolstoy's
War and Peace, among many other works of Russian
literature. They are married and live in France.
About the Book
From the acclaimed translators of "War and Peace" and "Anna
Karenina," a stunning new translation of Boris Pasternak's Nobel
Prize-winning masterpiece, the first since the 1958 original.
Banned in the Soviet Union until 1988, "Doctor Zhivago "is the epic
story of the life and loves of a poet-physician during the turmoil
of the Russian Revolution. Taking his family from Moscow to what he
hopes will be shelter in the Ural Mountains, Yuri Zhivago finds
himself instead embroiled in the battle between the Whites and the
Reds, and in love with the tender and beautiful nurse Lara.
Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky ("The English-speaking world
is indebted to these two magnificent translators."--"The New York
Review of Books) "have restored the rhythms, tone, precision, and
poetry of Pasternak's original, bringing this classic of world
literature gloriously to life for a new generation of readers.
Published: October 19, 2010
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307377695
ISBN - 13: 9780307377692