Writing the Manuscript: Pasternak's 'Povest'' (1929)

Swift, Megan
June 2007
Australian Slavonic & East European Studies;2007, Vol. 21 Issue 1/2, p41
Academic Journal
This article examines the literary strategies at work in Boris Pasternak's book "The Tale/Povest" and traces the trajectory that allowed Pasternak to travel forward from crisis to resolution. "The Tale" is proposed not only as Pasternak's most intensely metafictional prose of the 1920s, but also as a text whose proliferating and open-ended writing about writing supplies an evasive strategy for engaging the contemporary historical era. The book has only been treated as an object of critical interest in own right, and the work has elicited contradictory readings from scholars.


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