Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak A New Translation by Richard Peuear and Larissa Volokhonsky
A New Translation by Richard Peuear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Pantheon Books,New York, NY
Reviewed by BL Kennedy
They walked and walked and sang “Memory Eternal”, and whenever they stopped, the singing seemed to be carried on by their feet, the horses, the gusts of wind.
Before her recent passing, the poet Do Gentry turned me on to this book. Hey look, I’ll plead ignorant; I’ve never read Doctor Zhivago until this new translation. Up until now, all I knew from Zhivago was the movie, which I’ll tell you right here, has absolutely nothing to do with the beauty that this book invokes. This new translation makes Doctor Zhivago a classic of 20th century literature. You simply have to indulge yourself and pass into Pasternak’s beautiful prose. It is in and of itself seduction on the highest order. I’m not gonna say a lot about this recent translation, but I will say this: it is hands down one of the most beautiful novels that I’ve ever had the opportunity to read in my life. So if you have a chance to go to your local bookstore and purchase this copy of Dr. Zhivago, well, you can’t go wrong.