Lara: The Untold Love

Author(s): Anna Pasternak

Biography, Memoir & Autobiography

The heartbreaking story of the love affair between Boris Pasternak and Olga Ivinskaya - the true tragedy behind 'Dr Zhivago'. 'Doctor Zhivago' has sold in its millions yet the true love story that inspired it has never been fully explored. Pasternak would often say 'Lara exists, go and meet her', directing his visitors to the love of his life and literary muse, Olga Ivinskaya. They met in 1946 at the literary journal where she worked. Their relationship would last for the remainder of their lives. Olga paid an enormous price for loving 'her Boria'. She became a pawn in a highly political game and was imprisoned twice in Siberian labour camps because of her association with him and his controversial work. Her story is one of unimaginable courage, loyalty, suffering, tragedy, drama and loss. Drawing on both archival and family sources, Anna Pasternak's book reveals for the first time the critical role played by Olga in Boris's life and argues that without Olga it is likely that Doctor Zhivago would never have been completed or published. Anna Pasternak is a writer and member of the famous Pasternak family. She is the great-granddaughter of Leonid Pasternak, the impressionist painter and Nobel Prize winning novelist Boris Pasternak was her great-uncle. She is the author of three previous books.


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'It is not for nothing that you stand at the end of my life, my secret, forbidden angel, under the skies of war and turmoil, you who arose at its beginning under the peaceful skies of childhood' Yury Zhivago to Lara, from '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

Anna Pasternak is a writer and member of the famous Pasternak family: her great-grandfather was Leonid, the impressionist painter, her great-uncle was Boris the Nobel prize winning novelist, her grandmother was Josephine the philosopher and her father is revered Oxford biochemist Professor Charles Pasternak. Anna was educated at Christ Church College, Oxford.

General Fields

  • : 9780008184919
  • : HarperCollins Publishers
  • : William Collins
  • : April 2016
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : September 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Anna Pasternak
  • : Paperback
  • : 916
  • : 891.7342
  • : 326