On February 10, 1890, Boris Pasternak was born in Moscow, Russia. Pasternak was one of the Soviet Union’s most influential authors, winning the Nobel Prize for literature in 1958.Pasternak’s poems and literary translations established him as a popular and respected writer, although he became disillusioned with the Soviet Union in the 1930s. Pasternak took an ambivalent stance toward Soviet communism, and his work was heavily censored as a result. Pasternak’s most famous novel, Doctor Zhivago, was published in Europe in 1957, although it was not published in the Soviet Union until 1988.When Pasternak won the Nobel Prize, Soviet authorities informed him that if he traveled to Stockholm, Sweden, to accept the award, he would not be allowed back in the country. Pasternak declined the award, and quickly became an international symbol of political oppression.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry ambivalent Adjective
not being able to choose, due to positive and negative reactions to both choices.
to ban, edit, or suppress material for political or social reasons.
type of economy where all property, including land, factories and companies, is held by the government.
to destroy the ideals or false illusions of something.
to form or officially organize.
important; having the ability to lead the opinions or attitudes of others.
Nobel Prize Noun
one of five awards established by the Swedish businessman Alfred Nobel in 1901. Nobel Prizes are awarded in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace.
fictional narrative or story.
political oppression Noun
preventing people from expressing their political opinion or participating in political life.
Soviet Union Noun
(1922-1991) large northern Eurasian nation that had a communist government. Also called the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or the USSR.
intellectual, emotional, or political position or general attitude.