Friday, September 05, 2008

Happy half-century, Dr. Zhivago.

On this day fifty years ago, Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak was published in the United States. Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature later in 1958, but was prevented from receiving it by the Soviet government. His son ultimately accepted the award in 1989, nearly thirty years after Pasternak's death. Wrote Time magazine in December 1958, "...there is something about Zhivago's very weakness that gives him strength."

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