LARA: THE UNTOLD LOVE STORY AND THE INSPIRATION FOR DOCTOR ZHIVAGO
About This Book
The heartbreaking story of the love affair betweenBoris Pasternak, the author of Doctor Zhivago, and OlgaIvinskaya the true tragedy behind the timeless classic
When Stalin came into power in 1924, the Communist government began persecuting dissident writers. Though Stalin spared the life of Boris Pasternak whose novel-in-progress, Doctor Zhivago, was suspected of being anti-Soviet he persecuted Boris s mistress, typist, and literary muse, Olga Ivinskaya. Boris s affair with Olga devastated the straitlaced Pasternaks, and they were keen to disavow Olga s role in Boris s writing process. Twice Olga was sentenced to work in Siberian labor camps, where she was interrogated about the book Boris was writing, but she refused to betray the man she loved. When Olga was released from the gulags, she assumed that Boris would leave his wife for her but, trapped by his family s expectations and his own weak will, he never did.
Drawing on previously neglected family sources and original interviews, Anna Pasternak explores this hidden act of moral compromise by her great-uncle, and restores to history the passionate affair that inspired and animatedDoctor Zhivago. Devastated that Olga suffered on his behalf and frustrated that he could not match her loyalty to him, Boris instead channeled his thwarted passion for Olga into the love story inDoctor Zhivago.
Filled with the rich detail of Boris s secret life, Lara unearths a moving love story of courage, loyalty, suffering, drama, and loss, and casts a new light on the legacy ofDoctor Zhivago.