Compiled by Evgeny Pasternak
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Boris Pasternak is one of the most brilliant Russian poets. The son of a famous artist and a talented pianist, Pasternak drank in an atmosphere of music and colour from childhood. Among the frequent guests to the Pasternak home were Lev Tolstoy, Sergei Rachmaninov, Sergei Scriabin … An early passion for music gave way to a passion for pilosophy, then, poetry. Accordingly, music always sounds in his lyrics, his verse is permeated by a sense of colour, an aesthetic view of the world. My Sister Life was the collection that made the poet famous in 1922. It was followed by the poems 1905 and Lieutenant Schmidt. Pasternak is also a brilliant translator of Verlaine, the Georgian poets, of Goethe’s Faustus and Shakespeare’s tragedies. Brilliance, unexpected associations and images, are typical of Pasternak’s verse. An innovatory use of words is combined with an impressionistic narrative style.
Contained in this collection is the best lyrical verse written by the poet over fifty years. The compiler is the poet’s son – Evgeny Pasternak, who has also written the commentary. The introductory article is by the well-known Soviet poet Andrei Voznesensky, a close acquitantance of Pasternak’s in the last years of his life and who has every right to consider himself his pupil.