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In celebration of the 40th anniversary of its original publication, here is the only paperback edition now available of the classic story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.
Paperback, 40th anniversary edition, 510 pages
Published September 5th 2002 by Vintage Classics (first published November 1957)
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Maaike Rotteveel-Wagenaar Tania is the daughter of Joeri and Lara.... Lara had to leave Tania behind, Joeri never knew they had a daughter. So Lara was pregnant when she left…moreTania is the daughter of Joeri and Lara.... Lara had to leave Tania behind, Joeri never knew they had a daughter. So Lara was pregnant when she left him.... thought it was so tragical.(less)
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Violet wells
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves, classics
When I read this in my early twenties it went straight into my top ten favourite novels. All the ravishing set pieces of snow, the high adventure of the long train journeys through spectacular landscapes and Yuri and Lara as the romantically bound orphans of the storm was irresistible to my romantic young imagination. On top of that, as you’d expect from a poet, the novel is alive with memorable piercing images. This was my third time of reading it. I still loved it but it would no longer make m ...more
Nataliya
There was no way I could ever escape reading Doctor Zhivago. After all, I'm a proud daughter of a literature teacher; this book earned the Nobel Prize for Boris Pasternak; and it has been staring at me from the top of my to-read pile for years with quiet accusation.

And so, reader, I finally read it.

Doctor Zhivago is an interesting novel. It is very character-centered but is absolutely *not* character-driven. It is an epochal novel focused on the particularly turbulent, violent and uncertain but
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Nayra.Hassan
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
كيف تعز الثورات قوم..و تذل اخرين
هذا اكثر ما أسرني في دكتور زيفاجو
أشهر وأهم الروايات المهربة عبر القرن 20..
.ميلودراما تاريخية رومانسية..سياسية نقدية

..ابطالها خمسة يظل الحب سادسهم...لستة وعشرين عام حافلة باحداث دموية متلاحقة. .فارقة
..زيفاجو من الكلاسيكيات الحتمية..اى لابد ان تقراها في مرحلة ما من حياتك...فهي تنتمي لأدب الثورات
..ادب الحرب..
ادب رومانسي
أدب تاريخي ..
و لكنها إنسانية في المقام الأول 💫
.فاكثر ما مسني في الرواية هي مشاعر عزيز قوم ذل...يوري الشاعر الفيلسوف الذي يتمتع بمزاج الفنان و حساسيته.
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Algernon
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Algernon by: David Lean
Shelves: 2015

It snowed, it snowed over all the world
From end to end.
A candle burned on the table,
A candle burned.


I have spent three hours just writing down my bookmarks in the text, and in the end I realised that all I needed was this little stanza from one of the Zhivago’s poems included at the end of the novel. We need art to illuminate a bleak existence, to comfort us in the cold, lonely hours when sleep refuses to come and the abyss is gazing back at us. Pasternak was such a bright candle in my life, a
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Barry Pierce
There is one edition of Doctor Zhivago whose cover boasts that it is 'one of the greatest love stories ever told'. In fact, that one tagline is what almost put me off reading this epic novel from Russian master-poet Boris Pasternak. This is a hefty book. I didn't want to dedicate all my time to a soppy love story. Thankfully, calling Doctor Zhivago a 'love story' is like saying Crime and Punishment is about the perils of being a pawnbroker.

Doctor Zhivago is a vast novel. Like most great Russian
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Ken
You'd think, having Julie Christie as a mistress and Geraldine Chaplin as a wife, that you couldn't do much better than that in life. Alas, you can, because if it's that good and it's all taken away and your net time with each amounts to squatski (Russian for "squat"), in the scheme of your life, maybe life's a bitch after all.

Dr. Zhivago brings us another Russian opus dealing with man as pawn against the great playing board of history. You can see why the Soviets banned the book, too, as its vi
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Kinga
Nov 03, 2009 rated it liked it
This is going to be a difficult review to write as I have developed a real love-hate relationship with this book. It is an epic story about a man, who is supposed to be this tragic hero separated from the women he loved by the cruel times of revolution and civil war. If you ask me, he was just a … (fill in with your favourite word for describing a man with commitment and fidelity issues). I guess we can interpret the whole storyline as a metaphor of that period of Russian history, in which case ...more
Nikos Tsentemeidis
Αριστούργημα!!!

Αριστούργημα από πολλές απόψεις. Το έργο αυτό έχει δύο όψεις, την ερωτική ιστορία, αλλά κυρίως την ιστορία και την πολιτική κατάσταση, με αριστοτεχνικό τρόπο γραμμένα. Πολύ ισχυρή προσωπικότητα και ο ίδιος ο Pasternak.

Μια πολύ ωραία ιστορία, με τους έρωτες, με τα δράματα, κλασικό δείγμα ρωσικής λογοτεχνίας, στέκεται επάξια δίπλα στα μεγάλα έργα Tolstoy και Dostoyevsky. Το σημαντικότερο για μένα είναι ότι εξιστορεί ίσως τη χειρότερη περίοδο της Ρωσίας, για την οποία δεν γνωρίζουμε
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Cheryl
A Russian song is like water in a mill pond. It seems stopped and unmoving. But in its depths it constantly flows...By all possible means, by repetitions, by parallelisms, it holds back the course of the graudally developing content...Restraining itself, mastering itself, an anguished force...it is a mad attempt to stop time with words.


Here, Pasternak's character was describing a song, but I do believe Pasternak was defining his novel. Or maybe I just want to believe it, for this book is ind
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Perry
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stela-eða-láni
Tightly closing eyelids.
Heights; and cloudy spheres.
Rivers. Waters. Boulders.
Centuries and years.


[From "Fairy Tale" in Doctor Zhivago, poem quoted in full below]

This sweeping romantic epic is set in Russia mostly during and after the 1917 (October) Revolution. The young physician/poet Yurii Zhivago works as an army doctor and is wounded during WWI. He meets Lara Antipova, who nurses him to health, and falls hopelessly in love. Lara will be his great love and mistress through the tumult and uphea
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Mohamed Al Marzooqi
دعوني أطلعكم على سرّ صغيرٍ يا أصدقاء، لقد أصبحت مؤخرًا قارئًا مزاجيًّا ونزقًا، أقرأ ما يعجبني فقط، وإذا لم يرُق لي عملٌ ما توقفت عن قراءته فورًا، حتى لو كان العمل من الرّوائع المتفق عليها بإجماع قرّاء الأمة .. أمة الكتب بطبيعة الحال

كانت هذه الرواية، في بدايتها، مرشّحة بقوة لأن تكون واحدة من هذه الأعمال التي قررت عدم إكمالها. فباسترناك  يكرس ال١٠٠ صفحة الأولى من الرواية، التي يبلغ عدد صفحاتها ٧٨٠ صفحة تقريبًا، في تقديم والتعريف بعدد لا يحصى من الشخصيات. تعاني وأنت تقرأ لتتذكر اسماءها الرسمية، اسم
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Ahmad Sharabiani
486. Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak
دکتر ژیواگو - بوریس پاسترناک (ساحل) ادبیات روسیه؛ تاریخ نخستین تماشای فیلم و سپس خوانش کتاب: ماه دسامبر سال 1969 میلادی؛
عنوان: دکتر ژیواگو؛ نویسنده: بوریس پاسترناک
نام کتاب برگرفته از شخصیت نخست کتاب –یک دکتر شاعر– است. درونمایه داستان زندگی مردی ست که عاشق دو زن است، و این همزمان با انقلاب اکتبر 1917 میلادی روسیه، و جنگ داخلی در کشور شوراهاست. حوادث بیرونی از دسترس ایشان خارج هستند و مسیر زندگی اش را دگرگون میسازند. در سال 1965 میلادی «دیوید لین» با اقتباس و
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Lyn
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 1965 David Lean film with the same title is one of my all time favorite movies and so it was an inevitability that I would one day, finally, read Boris Pasternak’s novel masterpiece.

Like James Dickey and Robert Penn Warren, this novel written by a poet leaves the reader with an idea of lyric quality. Nowhere is his identification as a poet more realized than at the end, as the books finishes with a section of poetry, though there are passages throughout the book that blend seamlessly into a
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Magdalen
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian-roulette
«Δεν μου αρέσουν εκείνοι που δεν έχουν πέσει, δεν έχουν παραπατήσει. Η αρετή τους είναι νεκρή και έχει μικρή αξία. Η ομορφιά της ζωής δεν τους έχει φανερωθεί»

Ένα βιβλίο με βαρύ ιστορικό να κρύβεται πίσω από την έκδοσή του. Ένα απαγορευμένο βιβλίο που πλέον μπορούμε να απολαύσουμε οι λάτρεις της λογοτεχνίας (πόσο μάλλον της ρωσικής/ σοβιετικής). «Χορταστικό» μέγεθος. Υπέροχο από το εξώφυλλό του και το «Доктор Живаго» που βρίσκεται στο εσωτερικό του μέχρι και το οπισθόφυλλο. Με μια λέξη ένα
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K.D. Absolutely
Dec 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006 to 2010)
Shelves: 1001-core
AUGUST 2 REVIEW:
After finishing the book last night, I immediately wrote my review. I always do that because I right away start reading the next book. Also, writing what I learned from the book and what I felt while reading it are easier if the story is still fresh in my mind.

However, for almost the whole day, I thought that I missed the whole point of the story. My August 1 Review below definitely was too weak for a beautifully told forbidden love story of Yuri and Lara.

While driving from the
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El


As I've already stated, this book has been on my bookshelf since I was about thirteen when my mother gave me a copy for Christmas one year. She talked to me about the story, about the movie and her adoration of Omar Sharif because of said movie. And because I was a punk kid I never sat down to read it. (Correction: I sat down a couple times to read it over the years but never managed to make it past a page or two because I evidently had more important things going on in my life.)

So now, at thirt
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Roberto

Ho letto "Il dottor Zivago": parla della Russia

Il romanzo Il dottor Živàgo ci fa entrare nel mondo di Jurij Andrèevič Živàgo e della bella Larissa Fiodorovna Antipov nei primi decenni del novecento, dove i due conducono vite parallele che lentamente si vanno a intrecciare. Sullo sfondo la neve, l'inverno siberiano, la natura, la Russia, la Rivoluzione, la prima guerra mondiale.

Amore (forte ma solo accennato), guerra (con le sue crudeltà inevitabili), separazioni dolorose, riflessioni sull'esiste
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Dusty
May 16, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
As far as I know, Doctor Zhivago appeals for three reasons. First, it is an epic by and about a man caught in the thick of the tumultuous period of Russian enlightenment and revolution. Second, like many epics, it follows the romance between a man and a woman (or in this books case, three women) whose love is made impossible by the political circumstances in which they live. Third, and lastly, it was bravely published in the 1950s, censored immediately by the Soviets but heralded by non-Red lite ...more
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب از دو شخصیت اصلی یعنی <دکتر ژیواگو> و <لارا> تشکیل شده است.... دکتر ژیواگو، در سالِ 1914 به عنوانِ پزشک به میدانِ جنگ (جنگ جهانی اول) فرستاده میشود و مجبور میشود تا همسرش <تونیا> و پسرِ خردسالش را تنها بگذارد
طرف دیگر داستان، دختری به نامِ <لارا> از یک خانوادهٔ فقیر است، که دوستِ خانوادگی و حامی مادرش به نامِ <کاماروفسکی> به او علاقه مند شده و لارا برایِ آنکه از دستِ او خلاص شود با مردی به نامِ <پاول> ازدواج میکند و از او بچه دار میشود
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mai ahmd
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات
حين تقرأ رواية تصل صفحاتهاإلى 700 تتسائل إن كان الأمر يستحق هذا العناء لكن ما إن تنتهي حتى تحزن للفراق القادم
أحببت هذه الرواية كثيرا ...على الرغم من أني قضيت وقتا طويلا بها بل إنني تركتها لفترة من الوقت ، عندما عدتُ لها عدت بنهم شديد
الرواية نموذج مثالي لما قد تصنعه الحروب والثورات من شتات للأسر الدمار والخراب ولهؤلاء الذين لاعلاقة لهم بالسياسة الناس التي تعيش حياتها ببساطة شديدة ولكنهم يدفعون الثمن
جميل ذلك التشابك العجيب الذي قدمه باسترناك بين الشخصيات وكيف ممكن لشخص قد يبدو بلا قيمة يصنع فار
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Anna
This book sapped all my energy, it was deathly dull. I thought about writing a review, but have already wasted far too long on the mind-numbing Yuri. Awful, just awful.

Buddy-slog with Jemidar; couldn't have done it without you!
Andrei Tamaş
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
UPDATE, Cântecul Larei: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AkBo...
Nu am cuvinte să spun ce stare de angoasă oferă romanul.
Introducere în atmosfera rusească de de la începutul tragicului secol XX (tragic în general, darămite în Rusia, cu cele două războaie, cu Revoluţia Bolşevică şi cu stalinismul?!).
Iuri Andreevici Jivago, un semi-aristocrat care devine medic, este în acelaşi timp diletant în ale poeziei. Este adevărat -fapt ce a stârnit multe critici- că Pasternak introduce în roman până şi num
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João Fernandes
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel
I can tell from Part 1 that this is gonna be insanely beautiful.
إيمان
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ادب-روسي

أجلت قراءة هذه الرواية لأكثر من مرة و ذلك غالبا لتعكر مزاجي الذي حال دون الاطلاع على ملحمة بهذا الحجم. وما أن شرعت في ذلك حتى ادركت صحة هذا القرار, حيث أن 100 صفحة الأولى تمحورت فقط حول التعريف بالشخصيات ,شخصيات عدد ليس بالهين منها سيختفي تدريجيا مع الصفحات. اضافة الى شعوري بالملل في عدة مواضع بسبب الأحداث الجانبية حينا و بسبب الاطالة أحيانا أخرى. فيما تظل "معضلة "الأسماء هي الدليل الأبرز على صعوبة هذه القراءة حيث يقدم باسترناك الشخصيات بواحد من اسمائها الثلاثية ثم يقوم بعد ذلك بالحديث عنها مست
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Sotiris Karaiskos
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
Ένα βιβλίο πολύ γνωστό ότι πολύ δημοφιλές που είχε την ατυχία να βρεθεί μπλεγμένο στις πολιτικές του ψυχρού πολέμου. Φυσικά το δεύτερο ήταν αναμενόμενο καθώς αναφέρεται κυρίως στα κρίσιμα χρόνια της ρωσικής Επανάστασης και του εμφυλίου πολέμου, οπότε ήταν μάλλον αδύνατο να μην πάει η συζήτηση για αυτό το βιβλίο στην πολιτική. Αυτό, όμως, πιστεύω ότι είναι μάλλον αποπροσανατολιστικό καθώς αυτό που μας δίνει ο συγγραφέας είναι κυρίως μία ανθρώπινη ιστορία. Προφανώς τα πολιτικά γεγονότα είναι ένα κ ...more
Jan-Maat
At the time of writing Pasternak was living in the artists and writers colony just outside Moscow with his wife. He'd visit his mistress from time to time. She had been installed a short distance away on the far side of a small bridge over a stream. The experience of walking down to spend time with her and then back to his wife was reimagined in to Zhivago travelling between his wife and Lara when they are all in Varykino.

If you come to the book from the film - shot slightly bizarrely in Spain w
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Roberta
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
È sempre difficile recensire grandi classici come questo: la trama è nota, lo stile e il significato sono già stati analizzati e spiegati da ogni punto di vista.
Rimane quindi l'opinione del semplice lettore, quello che si ritrova a leggere in apnea. Perché ci sono passaggi in Živago che tolgono il fiato, che ti coinvolgono e che ti costringono a guardarti intorno quando, finito il paragrafo, ti rendi conto con stupore di non essere in un bosco russo ma in casa tua.
Stranamente ho sottolineato mol
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Janet
Mar 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russia
A surprisingly fast read, very talky as is the case with many older Russian writers--they don't do much internal work as modern characters, thought all comes out as talk. But wow, Pasternak is so in tune with nature and it's feeling and effects--never thought of him as a nature writer--he's sort of like Kerouac in that way, oddly enough. But many of his plot devices are a little heavy handed, and one doesn't enter into the characters as one does with the greats. It's flawed but absolutely worth ...more
Patryx
Credo che non ti amerei tanto se in te non ci fosse nulla da lamentare, nulla da rimpiangere. Io non amo la gente perfetta, quelli che non sono mai caduti, non hanno inciampato. La loro è una virtù spenta, di poco valore. A loro non si è svelata la bellezza della vita.


Ho conosciuto Jurij Andrèeviĉ Zivago e Larisa Fëdorovna Guichard diversi anni fa attraverso i volti affascinanti di Omar Sharif e Julie Christie, protagonisti di un film che vinse cinque Golden Globe e cinque Oscar. Non ricord
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Elena
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A celebration of poiesis as a path to wisdom that takes one to a primal place, the kind of inner place that is in danger of being paved over by modernity in general and by the grand efforts at systematization that characterize the last century in particular. It is a book of massive ethical import indeed, a desperate attempt to assert the irreducibility of humanity against the countless efforts of the last century to reduce mankind to some abstract specter, whether through the agency of capitalis ...more
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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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