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My Sister Life and the Zhivago Poems

Boris Pasternak, Translated from the Russian by James E. Falen

Publication Year: 2012

Boris Pasternak is best known in the West for his epic novel Doctor Zhivago, whereas in Russia he is most celebrated as a poet. The two poetry collections offered here in translation are chronological and thematic bookends, and they capture Pasternak’s abiding and powerful vision of life: his sense of its beauty and terror, its precariousness for the individual, and its persistence in time—that vitality of being with which he is on familiar and familial terms.

Published by: Northwestern University Press

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Contents

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pp. v-viii

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Translator’s Note

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pp. ix-

Pasternak’s great theme (as he makes explicit in the titles of the two works we are concerned with here) is nothing more or less than life itself—its beauty and terror, its pain, its temporary bestowal on man...

My Sister Life

In Memory of the Demon

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pp. 7-8

Isn’t It Time for Birds to Sing

About These Verses

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pp. 11-12

Anguish

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pp. 13-

My Sister Life

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pp. 14-

Weeping Garden

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pp. 15-

Mirror

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pp. 16-17

Girl

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pp. 18-

Hey, You the Wind Is Trying Out

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pp. 19-

Rain

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pp. 20-

The Book of the Steppe

Before All This There Was Winter

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pp. 23-24

From Superstition

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pp. 25-

Don’t Touch

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pp. 26-

How Well You Played That Role

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pp. 27-

Balashov

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pp. 28-29

Imitators

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pp. 30-

Model

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pp. 31-

Diversions for the Beloved

Asway on a Sweet-Scented Branchlet

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pp. 35-

Crossing the Oars

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pp. 36-

Spring Rain

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pp. 37-

Sentries’ Whistles

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pp. 39-

Summer Stars

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pp. 40-

English Lessons

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pp. 41-

Studies in Philosophy

Definition of Poetry

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pp. 45-

Definition of the Soul

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pp. 46-

Diseases of Earth

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pp. 47-

Definition of Creativity

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pp. 48-

Our Thunderstorm

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pp. 49-

The Substitute

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pp. 51-

Some Songs in Letters, So She Won’t Be Bored

Sparrow Hills

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pp. 55-

Mein Liebchen, Was Willst Du Noch Mehr?

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pp. 56-57

The Station “Decay”

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pp. 58-

Romanovka

The Steppe

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pp. 62-64

A Stifling Night

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pp. 65-

A Still More Stifling Dawn

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pp. 66-

An Effort to Untie the Soul

Moochkap

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pp. 71-

The Flies of the Moochkap Tearoom

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pp. 72-73

Bleak Your Welcome

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pp. 74-

The Effort to Untie My Soul

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pp. 76-

The Return

How Soporific Living Is

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pp. 79-83

Back Home Again

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pp. 84-

To Helen

To Helen

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pp. 87-88

In Their Way

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pp. 89-

Summer

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pp. 90-91

A Storm Instantaneous Forever

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pp. 92-

Afterword

Beloved, Beware

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pp. 95-96

Let’s Scatter Words

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pp. 97-98

So It Was

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pp. 99-100

To Love—To Walk

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pp. 101-102

Afterword

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pp. 103-

The End

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pp. 104-

The Poems of Yury Zhivago

Hamlet

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pp. 109-

March

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pp. 110-

In Holy Week

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pp. 111-113

White Night

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pp. 114-115

Spring Roads in Flood

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pp. 116-117

Explanation

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pp. 118-119

Summer in Town

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pp. 120-121

Wind

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pp. 122-

Hops

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pp. 123-

Indian Summer

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pp. 124-

The Wedding Party

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pp. 125-126

Autumn

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pp. 127-128

Fairy Tale

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pp. 129-132

August

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pp. 133-134

Winter Night

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pp. 135-136

Parting

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pp. 137-138

Meeting

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pp. 139-140

Christmas Star

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pp. 141-144

Daybreak

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pp. 145-146

Miracle

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pp. 147-148

Earth

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pp. 149-150

Evil Days

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pp. 151-152

Mary Magdalene I

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pp. 153-154

Mary Magdalene II

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pp. 155-156

Garden of Gethsemane

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pp. 157-

One Late Poem

To Be Acclaimed

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pp. 163-164


E-ISBN-13: 9780810167155
Print-ISBN-13: 9780810127975

Page Count: 176
Publication Year: 2012

Edition: New
Volume Title: 1
Series Title: Northwestern World Classics

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  • Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich, 1890-1960 -- Translations into English.
  • Life -- Poetry.
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