1 December 2020 Susannah

Boris Pasternak & ‘Dr Zhivago’

Let’s end the year with one of the masterpieces of Russian literature, Dr Zhivago. Did you know that the manuscript had to be smuggled out of Russia and that Boris Pasternak was unable to attend the ceremony for the Nobel Prize he won? Visit the frozen wastes of Russia and experience the upheavals of revolution, while revelling in the passion, poetry and splendour of this stunning book.

Did you see the David Lean film version of this novel in the 1960s? Did you fall in love with Omar Sharif, or Julie Christie, or both of them? Did you find yourself humming ‘Lara’s Theme’ for days afterwards? The film was an amazing success and its images, landscapes and music will probably always be fixed in our minds when we hear the name Dr Zhivago.

Discover more about the man behind the book and see what experiences of his own went into the novel, find out what risks he took in writing it and getting it published, and learn about the poetic language and the themes of the book.

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Featured image credit- Boris Pasternak, Dr Zhivago. Geraldine Chaplin, Omar Sharif, and Ralph Richardson in Doctor Zhivago (1965), https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059113/

Comments (4)

  1. Brian Doyle

    In my top 10 films ever and I think superbly realised from this monumental magnificent book, I’m obsessed with pre revolutionary Russian history especially the extraordinary cast of characters down through the centuries no worse than the villain in charge now, must reread the book and watch the movie for the umpteenth time over the holidays thank you for the timely reminder Susannah

    • Susannah Fullerton

      It is worth watching just for the sheer beauty of Omar Sharif and Julie Christie, quite apart from all the many other wonderful reasons. Yes, I too need to find time for a re-watch.

  2. Brian Doyle

    What we both really want for Christmas this year Susannah is a 48 hour day watch.

    • Susannah Fullerton

      Absolutely! Do you keep a list of the books you read, and add them up at the end of the year?

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