Boris Pasternak





Boris Pasternak


Born
in Moscow, Russian Federation
February 10, 1890

Died
May 30, 1960

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Boris Leonidovich Pasternak was born in Moscow to talented artists: his father a painter and illustrator of Tolstoy's works, his mother a well-known concert pianist. Though his parents were both Jewish, they became Christianized, first as Russian Orthodox and later as Tolstoyan Christians. Pasternak's education began in a German Gymnasium in Moscow and was continued at the University of Moscow. Under the influence of the composer Scriabin, Pasternak took up the study of musical composition for six years from 1904 to 1910. By 1912 he had renounced music as his calling in life and went to the University of Marburg, Germany, to study philosophy. After four months there and a trip to Italy, he returned to Russia and decided to dedicate himself ...more

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More books by Boris Pasternak…
“I don't like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and it isn't of much value. Life hasn't revealed its beauty to them. ”
Boris Pasternak

“I don't think I could love you so much if you had nothing to complain of and nothing to regret. I don't like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and of little value. Life hasn't revealed its beauty to them.”
Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago

“How wonderful to be alive, he thought. But why does it always hurt?”
Boris Pasternak, El doctor Zhivago

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September 2016 Revisit the Shelf-Reread

 
  49 votes, 21.5%

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, 192 pages, 1962
 
  47 votes, 20.6%

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, 1463 pages, 1862
 
  43 votes, 18.9%

Dune by Frank Herbert, 604 pages, 1965
 
  27 votes, 11.8%

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, 592 pages, 1957
 
  24 votes, 10.5%

Paradise Lost by John Milton, 453 pages, 1667
 
  20 votes, 8.8%

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, 554 pages, 1838
 
  18 votes, 7.9%

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