Other books byBoris Pasternak
Letters: Summer 1926
Edited by Yevgeny Pasternak, Yelena Pasternak, and Konstantin M. Azadovsky The summer of 1926 was a time of trouble and uncertainty for each of the three poets whose correspondence is collected in this moving volume. Marina Tsvetayeva was living in exile in France and struggling to get by. Boris Pasternak was in Moscow, trying to come to terms with the new Bolshevik regime. Rainer Maria Rilke, in Switzerland, was dying. Though hardly known to each other, they began to correspond, exchanging a series of searching letters in which every aspect of life and work is discussed with extraordinary intensity and passion. Letters: Summer 1926 takes the reader into the hearts and minds of three of the twentieth century's greatest poets at a moment of maximum emotional and creative pressure.
The Marsh of Gold
Pasternak's Writings on Inspiration and Creation
Major statements by the celebrated Russian poet Boris Pasternak (1890-1960) about poetry, inspiration, the creative process and the significance of artistic/literary creativity in his own life as well as in human life altogether, are presented here in his own words (in translation) and are discussed in the extensive Commentaries and Introduction. The texts range from 1910 to 1946 and are between two and ninety pages long. There are commentaries on all the texts, as well as a final essay on Pasternaks famous novel Doctor Zhivago, which is looked at here in the light of what it says on art and inspiration.Although universally acknowledged as one of the great writers of the twentieth century, Pasternak is not yet sufficiently recognized as the highly original and important thinker that he also was. All his life he thought and wrote about the nature and significance of the experience of inspiration, though avoiding the word inspiration where possible as his own views were not the conventional ones. The Marsh of Gold strives to make this -- philosophical -- aspect of his work better known, and to communicate to readers without Russian the pleasure and interest of an inspired life as Pasternak experienced it.
The Correspondence of Boris Pasternak and Olga Friedenberg
"A historical and literary document of the first importance . . . a dual self-portrait . . . by two gifted, courageous people whose story adds a heroic chapter to the tragic annals of our century."--The New York Times Book Review
The Last Summer
The Last Summer is set in Russia during the winter of 1916, when the book’s central character, Serezha, pays a visit to his married sister. Tired after the long journey, he falls into a restless sleep and half-remembers, half-dreams the incidents of the last summer of peace before the First World War, "when life appeared to pay heed to individuals." As tutor in a wealthy, unsettled Moscow household, he focuses his intense romanticism on Mrs Arild, the employer’s paid companion, while spending his nights with the prostitute Sashka and others. In this evocation of Russia immediately prior to the Revolution, the characters are subtly etched against their social backgrounds, and Pasternak imbues the commonplace with his own intense and poetic vision.