[New York]: Pantheon, 1958. First American edition. A Near Fine copy in like dust jacket. Top edge a bit dusty and slight toning to end papers. In a Near Fine dust jacket with slight wear at the corners and spine titles a bit faded.
A sweeping epic ranging from the Russian Revolution to World War II, Pasternak's novel follows the physician and poet Yuri Zhivago through periods of loneliness, revolutionary zeal, and political disillusionment. "Pasternak was the first writer of the Soviet regime who dared to convey the truth about Russia's recent history...nothing is glossed over in the novel's unflinching particularity" (Slater). Though the novel's 1958 release led to Pasternak's expulsion from the national writers' union and led to his vilification in the Soviet press, it coincided with his Nobel Prize, which celebrated his achievements "in the great Russian epic tradition" and placed his importance alongside Tolstoy's. Smuggled out of the USSR, the manuscript was passed to an Italian publisher before the CIA opted to get the book produced and distributed at the World's Fair to strategically embarrass the Soviet Union. Known more widely today for its adaptation into a successful film, Dr. Zhivago stands as one of the most important modern works of Russian political literature. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #4942)