Dan Sandman

#16 The Last Summer

In Books, Fiction, Poetry on 14/04/2017 at 12:00 pm

#16 The Last SummerThis short Russian novel is Boris Pasternak’s only complete work of fiction other than Dr Zhivago. Largely autobiographical, it is set during the winter of 1916 and offers poetic reflection on the First World War. Private tutor Serezha is an intensely romantic character; creatively inspired by two different woman. The Last Summer is a remarkable book that delves into the heart of an artist. It has no plot as such, instead opting for a perfectly pitched naturalistic style: a musical intensity which transmogrifies the sounds of words into brilliant prose.

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