Boris Pasternak: The Poet and His Politics

Fleishman, Lazar

Published by Harvard University Press, 1990
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357 pp. With a few photos. A detailed biography of Boris Pasternak, focusing on his responses to changes in Russian cultural and social life, including a look at his contacts with political and literary figures such as Stalin, Trotsky, Gorky, Mayakovsky and others. GOOD+ jacket on a VERY GOOD book. General fading and minor soiling to the jacket. Some scuffing along the extremities. Light wrinkling to the jacket. Minor fading and edgewear to the book. Bookseller Inventory #

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Boris Pasternak has generally been regarded as an artist who was indifferent to the literary and political storms of his time. Lazar Fleishman gives the great writer's life a new perspective. He shows that Pasternak's entire literary career should be regarded as a complex and passionate response to constant changes in Russian cultural and social life.

Drawing on a vast array of sources, Fleishman's chronicle encompasses both the familiar and the little-known aspects of the poet's life and work. He describes the formative role played by Pasternak's father, a prominent Russian painter, and the intellectual endeavors of the young man before his literary debut. He explores the intricate relations of Pasternak to the main movements of literary modernism, including symbolism and futurism.

Particularly informative are the chapters devoted to the postrevolutionary years. Fleishman untangles the poet's contacts with leading political figures (Stalin, Trotsky, Bukharin) and fellow writers (Gorky, Mayakovsky, Tsvetaeva, Akhmatova, Mandelshtam), and examines his changes in fortune during the purges and World War II. He shows how Pasternak was perceived by Western contemporaries and how significant their moral support was for him during the darkest years of Stalin's regime. He provides explanations for the Christian themes in Pasternak's later work, as well as the poet's peculiar view of Jewry. Finally, Fleishman recreates the vicissitudes of the publication of Doctor Zhivago and the ensuing Nobel Prize scandal in 1958. A fascinating description of the writer's career in broad context, this book will be welcomed by everyone interested in Pasternak and in twentieth-century literature.

From Library Journal: Boris Pasternak (1890-1960), who won the 1958 Nobel Prize for Dr. Zhivago, has a reputation for being something of a "holy fool," a descendant of the mad Russian wanderers who spoke prophetic truth to tsars when others were silenced. Fleishman, a long-time Pasternak scholar, has written a dense intellectual biography of this "holy fool" that assumes prior knowledge of Russian history and the basic facts of Pasternak's life and career from childhood in a cultured Jewish family and formation as a poet in the heady atmosphere of Russian modernism through revolution, Stalinist terror, and postwar repression. For the reader with this background, Fleishman creates a coherent portrait of Pasternak as a man of moral courage and political sensitivity who consciously accepted the risks of choosing to speak his truth in the face of tyranny.
- Mary F. Zirin, Altadena, Cal.
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Title: Boris Pasternak: The Poet and His Politics
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication Date: 1990
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