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My Sister - Life

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One of the great books of twentieth-century poetry.
Paperback, 116 pages
Published October 24th 2001 by Northwestern University Press (first published 1922)
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Aug 14, 2011 James rated it it was amazing
Breathtaking poems of ethereal light and being inhabit this collection from Boris Pasternak. Osip Mandelstam said, "To read the poems of Pasternak is to get one's throat clear , to fortify one's breathing. . . I see Pasternak's My Sister--Life as a collection of magnificent exercises in breathing . . . a cure for tuberculosis." These poems are enchanting; the product of the early life of Pasternak. There is a clarity in the translations of Mark Rudman with Bohdan Boychuk that allow Pasternak's " ...more
Barbara Richardson
Jan 30, 2012 Barbara Richardson rated it really liked it
I love Pasternak's poetry. This is his early, wild, unhinged work. Or at least, unhinged to me! But I did love two poems: "English Lessons" and "Storm, an Endless Instant." Simply beautiful.

I also looked at other translators' versions of these poems, a shocking tour. Rudman and Boychuk seem to shine here, eliciting the elegance and power of Pasternak as a poet.
Bob Wake
Oct 18, 2014 Bob Wake rated it it was amazing
Essential reading for fans of Doctor Zhivago , this influential 1922 debut collection of Pasternak’s poetry remains startling in its nature mysticism and life-force exuberance (Pasternak’s exhortation in the poem “Sparrow Hills” to “Get your soul in motion, stretch it like a sail!” is like Walt Whitman as a caffeinated Zoomba instructor). Translator Mark Rudman (who co-translated the text in 1983 with Ukrainian poet Bohdan Boychuk) in his informative preface says Pasternak was “enchanted” when ...more
Aug 17, 2012 g026r rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, 2012
I cannot speak to the accuracy of this translation. However, particularly when compared to so many other translations of Pasternak's poetry I've encountered, this version [Rudman & Boychuk] flows, providing at the very least a glimpse of why Pasternak was so highly regarded in his day.
Dianne Oliver
Dec 03, 2014 Dianne Oliver rated it it was ok
Shelves: novel
I am not a fan of poetry so I got this just to read the bio on Pasternak, which was short but interesting. It had cool pictures, don't know why the poetry is acclaimed but of course Boris is a phenom in handling Dr Zhivago.
R L Swihart
Jun 09, 2012 R L Swihart rated it it was amazing
I have the bilingual edition of this (an old hardcover). Perhaps not my favorite poet but still very important in my development.
May 06, 2009 Hamish rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Magical. I can't even imagine what it must be like in Russian.
May 27, 2012 Fuschia rated it did not like it
2/10, didn't connect at all.
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csodás versek!!
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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. Un ...more
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