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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The Poems of Doctor Zhivago

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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. ”
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“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.”
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“How wonderful to be alive, he thought. But why does it always hurt?”
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Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, 329 pages, 1856
 
  52 votes, 16.0%

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, 449 pages, 1938
 
  50 votes, 15.4%

Animal Farm by George Orwell, 122 pages, 1945
 
  37 votes, 11.4%

 
  35 votes, 10.8%

 
  28 votes, 8.6%

 
  25 votes, 7.7%

 
  22 votes, 6.8%

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, 592 pages, 1957
 
  19 votes, 5.9%

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, 212 pages, 1962
 
  19 votes, 5.9%

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, 213 pages, 1930
 
  14 votes, 4.3%

King Lear by William Shakespeare, 400 pages, 1603
 
  13 votes, 4.0%

Paradise Lost by John Milton, 453 pages, 1667
 
  10 votes, 3.1%

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