New Meetup: Boris Pasternak's "Doctor Zhivago"

From: Emlyn C.
Sent on: Monday, October 18, 2010 10:50 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Ann Arbor Classics Book Group!

What: Boris Pasternak's "Doctor Zhivago"

When: Sunday, January 16,[masked]:00 PM

Dues: $1.00 per person

Where: Borders Books
612 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The group has selected Boris Pasternak's "Doctor Zhivago" for our January discussion. If any member would like to help me organize a complementary film viewing for this selection (this includes planning and location scouting), please send me an email.

Of note: I will be bringing a copy of "Doctor Zhivago" to our book swap on December 1.

How voting works: Two members nominate books from our list of 1,001--I give preference to those who arrive early, so as to save time--I also nominate one book. The group, by a show of hands, votes. The selection with the most votes wins.


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 indebted.?

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 times.

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.

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