PASTERNAK, Boris. Doctor Zhivago. Translated from the Russian by Max Hayward and Manya Harari. London: Collins and Harvill Press, 1958.
8vo, original red cloth, backstrip lettered in gilt; in original unclipped dust jacket; pp. [vi], 5-510; a lovely example, with minimal offsetting to endleaves; one small patch of toning to pages 52-53, likely caused by a newspaper cutting being loosely inserted (now not present); the jacket retaining much of its brightness, with light dust soiling along folds, one small pin hole to front fold; light wear to edges and one small closed nick to the head of spine; else very good.
First English edition.
Doctor Zhivago was initially refused publication in the USSR due to the author's independent-minded stance on the October Revolution, and the manuscript was therefore smuggled to Italy in 1957, where it was first published in Milan in the original Russian. The following year, Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, a move which both embarrassed and enraged the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. The book was banned in Russia for several decades.
The novel was popularised by the award-winning film adaptation, directed by David Lean, which appeared in 1965. Due to the continued ban, most of the movie was filmed in Spain.