This heartbreaking account by Anna Pasternak explores this hidden act of moral compromise by her great uncle. Drawing on devastating and revelatory family archives, Lara unearths a love story of unimaginable courage, loyalty, suffering, drama and loss. Boris and Olga's affair devastated the Pasternak family, and their saga has since fallen from the common knowledge of Boris Pasternak, who is still regarded as a grand moral influence of his time. This astonishing true history of his love affair throws fascinating new light on his standing, and Pasternak's masterwork, Doctor Zhivago.
"Anna Pasternak does not spare an ounce of drama nor detail from the story of her great uncle's love affair with Olga Ivinskaya, the inspiration for Doctor Zhivago's Lara. The result is a profoundly moving meditation on love, loyalty, and, ultimately, forgiveness." (Amanda Foreman)
"An enchanting love story, wonderfully told." (Sir Ronald Harwood)
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By Deborah D on 22-11-16
A superbly well narrated, informative and enlightening window into personal cost of love in the twentieth century USSR
Meticulous research and beautiful narration gives insight into Boris Pasternak's masterpiece, Dr Zhivago. Thoroughly inspirational.