Lara The Untold Love Story That Inspired Doctor Zhivago

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The heartbreaking story of the passionate love affair between Boris Pasternak and Olga Ivinskaya – the tragic true story that inspired ‘Doctor Zhivago’.

Though Stalin spared the life of Boris Pasternak, the writer’s lover, typist and literary muse Olga was sent twice to Siberian labour camps because of her association with him, miscarrying their child on her first visit. When released, she always assumed that Boris would leave his wife for her, but he failed to do so. 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’.