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Unformatted text preview: Jonathan Rose Russian Literature Dr. Tatiana Baeva April 16, 2007 Intro: In the great tradition of the epic novel, Pasternaks masterpiece brings to life the drama and immensity of the Russian Revolution through the story of the gifted physician, Zhivago, the revolutionary, Strelnikov, and Lara, the passionate woman they both love. First published in Italy in 1957, Doctor Zhivago was not allowed to appear in the Soviet Union until 1987, twenty- seven years after the authors death (Pasternak i). Social Concerns Revolution and its aftermath are the paramount social issues Pasternak explored in Doctor Zhivago. A multitude of internal and external forces had brought on Russia's convulsions in 1917 which provide the backdrop to Part I of the novel, Zhivago's early life. The Bloody Sunday massacre of 1905 during the disastrous Russo-Japanese War marked liberal demands for the establishment of a Russian duma (legislative assembly), but those reforms granted reluctantly by the largely ineffectual Nicholas II proved transitory. World War II Broke out in 1914. Techniques In 1934, Pasternak declared that poetry was "pure prose in its pristine intensity," acknowledging the interrelation he sensed in the two genres. He considered Doctor Zhivago "the only worthwhile thing I have ever achieved," but commentators have noted passages in it where Pasternak seemed ill at ease with the novel form. Nevertheless, his deliberately low-key style as well as his impressionistic shifts in time and place and his use of symbolic...
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