Lara tells the story of the love between Boris Pasternak and his typist and literary muse, Olga Ivinskaya and the affair which devastated the Pasternak family. This astonishing true history gives new illumination to the tragedy behind Pasternak’s masterwork, Doctor Zhivago. Drawing on revelatory family sources, Lara unearths a tale of unimaginable suffering and drama. This heartrending account explores her great uncle’s hidden act of moral compromise and describes a love story of courage, loyalty and loss.
Anna Pasternak, great niece to Boris, is feisty, eloquent and fiercely bright, and we are thrilled that she will be joining us for a talk in the bookshop.