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Pasternak : A Critical Study - Henry Gifford


A Critical Study

Paperback Published: 18th January 1982
ISBN: 9780521286770
Number Of Pages: 296

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An attempt to interpret and appraise the work of Boris Pasternak as lyrical and narrative poet, writer of prose fiction, and verse translator (notably from Shakespeare). Pasternak belonged to an unusually gifted generation of Russian poets who began writing in the years that preceded the First World War and the Russian revolution of 1917. Henry Gifford discusses Pasternak's choice of vocation, and then examines the poetry and stories of the 1920s and 1930s, his work as translator, his two autobiographies, the novel that brought him world fame and much personal anguish, Doctor Zhivago, his late poems and his unfinished play, The Blind Beauty. Pasternak is seen in relation to his most eminent contemporaries among the Russian poets, and to the common crisis they had to face. All the poetry quoted in Russian has a plain prose translation. This critical study is not intended only for the specialist student of Russian literature: it should have an appeal for all readers who are concerned about the survival of poetry in the present age.

General preface to the series
A portrait of the artist
Music and Marburg
A commitment to Futurism
My Sister Life: the summer of 1917
Poetry under the Soviets: Themes and Variations
Pasternak and the new Russian prose
'From lyrical thinking to the epic'
Safe Conduct, Rilke and Mayakovsky
Second Birth and Georgia
A fresh start in poetry: On Early Trains
Doctor Zhivago
The poems of Yury Zhivago
The final stage: An Essay in Autobiography: When the Weather Clears: The Blind Beauty
The place of Pasternak
Chronological table
Select bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521286770
ISBN-10: 0521286778
Series: Major European Authors
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 18th January 1982
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.38