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Dr. Zhivago

Boris Pasternak

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Ivinskaya, Olga. A Captive of Time: My Years with Pasternak. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1978.

Pasternak, Boris. An Essay in Autobiography. London: Collins and Harvill, 1959.

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Importance of Yuri's view of communism

by chavezgt, October 27, 2013

I believe that something very important that Pasternak wanted to express is how someone's view of communism can change when he see's it from an inside perspective. When he's still a student, and lives with Tonya he supports communism for what it represents. Nonetheless, once the bolcheviks had taken Moscow, he truly lived communism, with the scarcities, and negative aspects it has, and his opinion about it changed. Because of the political context around the work, I believe that this fact must be considered while analyzing this novel.

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