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Doctor Marx And Doctor Zhivago

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Tragedy has been defined as the conflict of good with good. In this sense the conflict between Boris Pasternak and his Russian critics has been a tragic one. No one who has read the letter which the editors of the Russian literary journal Novy Mir sent to Pasternak when they rejected Doctor Zhivago can doubt that they are intelligent, humane, and sensitive men within their limitations. But these limitations have tilted them from seeing a crucial point, that the Marxist insights which they value so highly are central to Pasternak's novel. And anyone who has read the writings of the young Hegelian Marx, the young Doctor Marx of whom his contemporaries spoke so enthusiastically, will find reminiscence after reminiscence in Doctor Zhivago. The most striking feature of the controversy over Doctor Zhivago has been the agreement between most Eastern and Western critics.

Keywords:Boris Pasternak; Doctor Marx; Doctor Zhivago; Eastern critics; Hegelian Marx; Novy Mir; Russian critics; Western critics



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