My Sister - Life

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Boris Pasternak, the Nobel laureate and author of Doctor Zhivago, composed one of the world's great love poems in My Sister -- Life. Written in the summer of 1917, the cycle of poems focuses on personal journeys and loves but is permeated by the tension and promise of the impending October Revolution. My Sister -- Life is perhaps the most accessible work of this master literary stylist.

Pasternak's unencumbered and startling perceptions of the world are dense, rich, and ...

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Overview

Boris Pasternak, the Nobel laureate and author of Doctor Zhivago, composed one of the world's great love poems in My Sister -- Life. Written in the summer of 1917, the cycle of poems focuses on personal journeys and loves but is permeated by the tension and promise of the impending October Revolution. My Sister -- Life is perhaps the most accessible work of this master literary stylist.

Pasternak's unencumbered and startling perceptions of the world are dense, rich, and surreal. Osip Mandelstam wrote, "To read the poems of Pasternak is to get one's throat clear, to fortify one's breathing... I see Pasternak's My Sister -- Life as a collection of magnificent exercises in breathing ... a cure for tuberculosis." This English translation, rendered with verve and intelligence by Mark Rudman, is a heady gust that matches the intensity and power of the original Russian text.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810119093
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Series: European Poetry Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 116
  • Sales rank: 1,427,787
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
In Memory of the Demon 5
Isn't it Time for the Birds to Sing?
About These Poems 9
Longing 11
My sister--life today floods over 12
The Weeping Orchard 13
The Mirror 14
The Girl 16
You hold that branch in the wind 17
Rain 18
The Book of the Steppe
Before All This There Was the Winter 21
From Superstition 23
Don't Touch 24
You played that role so well 25
Balashov 26
The Imitators 27
The Image 28
Entertainment for the Beloved
It shakes a fragrant branch 32
With Oars Crossed 33
Spring Rainstorm 34
Policeman's Whistles 35
The Stars in Summer 36
English Lessons 37
Lectures in Philosophy
The Definition of Poetry 41
The Definition of Soul 42
Diseases of Earth 43
The Definition of Art 44
The Thunderstorm 45
The Substitute
I live with your photograph 49
Songs in Letters that She Would Not be Lonely
Sparrow Hills 53
Mein Liebchen, Was Willst Du Noch Mehr? 54
Raspad 56
Romanovka
The Steppe 61
A Sultry Night 63
An Even More Sultry Dawn 64
The Attempt to Separate the Soul
Moochkap 68
The Flies of the Moochkap Teahouse 69
What a wild party 71
We have tried to separate our souls 73
The Return
How life lulls us 77
At Home 82
To Helen
To Helen 84
As with Them 86
Summer 87
Storm, an Endless Instant 89
Postscript
They will extract a price, my love 93
Let the words drop like amber 95
There Were 97
To love--to go--in endless thunder 99
Postscript 101
The End
Is it all real? 105
The Highest Sickness 107
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