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Boris Pasternak
(1890-1960) born on
Feb 10
Russian novelist, poet. His novel "Doctor Zhivago" helped win him the Nobel Prize for Literature, 1958 but aroused so much opposition at home that he declined the honor.
         
   
F
At the moment of childbirth, every woman has the same aura of isolation, as though she were abandoned, alone.

R
Art is interested in life at the moment when the ray of power is passing through it.
A
"Art has two constant, two unending concerns: It always meditates on death and thus always creates life. All great, genuine art resembles and continues the Revelation of St John."
N
As far as modern writing is concerned, it is rarely rewarding to translate it, although it might be easy. . . . Translation is very much like copying paintings.
K
In view of the meaning given to this honor in the community to which I belong, I should abstain from the undeserved prize that has been awarded to me. Do not meet my voluntary refusal with ill will.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Doctor Zhivago," Ch. 9, Sect. 3
R: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
A: "Doctor Zhivago," translated by Max Hayward and Manya Harari, Pantheon 58
N: Interview in Writers at Work (Second Series, ed. by George Plimpton, 1963). "The only interesting sort of translating is that of classics," Pasternak believed.
K: Telegram reversing his acceptance of Nobel Prize after criticism by Soviets; in NY "Times," 30 Oct 58
   


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