Doctor Zhivago: Reality and Fiction with Vadim Malinovsky

Doctor Zhivago: Reality and Fiction with Vadim Malinovsky


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We will travel back in time via Boris Pasternak’s Nobel Prize-winning novel and trace the history of Russia from the beginning of the twentieth century to the outbreak of World War II. We will compare the events of the novel to history and also to the 1965 movie of the same name. Join Vadim Malinovsky for a deep dive into the history of Russia in the context of Doctor Zhivago!

Doctor Zhivago was published in 1957 and covers 40 years of Russian history. The eponymous epic romantic film drama based on the novel was released in 1965 and immediately became popular in Western countries but was banned in the Soviet Union. We’ll look at the novel from a historical perspective and try to follow the dramatic decades of Russian history together with the characters created by Pasternak. We will talk about the views of the author about these events as well as how they are depicted in the movie. We will follow the life of the main character to understand how the fate of the country affects the fate of an individual.

Led by historian Vadim Malinovsky, this seminar will give a deep dive into Russian 20th century history. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the events depicted in the novel and in the film Doctor Zhivago.

Vadim is a historian (MA) who has graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University. His focus is contemporary Russian history. He is working on a PhD dissertation on Stalin’s national policy.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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Russian literature plus

Vadim Malinovsky is a fabulous guide to the history, art, literature and dynamism of Russian classics.

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This is thoughtful and well presented by a very articulate professional lecturer. I have learned much and will make a point of learning more.

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Dr. Zhivago, Boris Pasternak, Russia

I was very pleased with Vadim's historical perspective and review of the movie and the author. Especially moving was the tour of Boris Pasternak's home and the music played.

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Doctor Zhivago

I have taken several seminars with Vadim and they all have been terrific.. Once again this one was fantastic. He gave a comprehensive talk on Doctor Zhivago ( both the novel and the movie). His talk was engaging with wonderful photos, videos and music. He even included a video about the filming of the movie.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
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C.W.
Russian literature plus

Vadim Malinovsky is a fabulous guide to the history, art, literature and dynamism of Russian classics.

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A.

This is thoughtful and well presented by a very articulate professional lecturer. I have learned much and will make a point of learning more.

M
M.T.
Dr. Zhivago, Boris Pasternak, Russia

I was very pleased with Vadim's historical perspective and review of the movie and the author. Especially moving was the tour of Boris Pasternak's home and the music played.

L
L.T.
Doctor Zhivago

I have taken several seminars with Vadim and they all have been terrific.. Once again this one was fantastic. He gave a comprehensive talk on Doctor Zhivago ( both the novel and the movie). His talk was engaging with wonderful photos, videos and music. He even included a video about the filming of the movie.

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