My new book … Sitting on a Stick … the synopsis …

This is the beginning of my synopsis of my new book, the novel Sitting on a Stick. In 1958 Soviet poet and novelist Boris Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Fearing that he might not be allowed to return home, he informed the Swedish Academy that he was declining the award. Its reply […]

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This is the beginning of my synopsis of my new book, the novel Sitting on a Stick.

Boris Pasternak

In 1958 Soviet poet and novelist Boris Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Fearing that he might not be allowed to return home, he informed the Swedish Academy that he was declining the award. Its reply was that it in no way altered the validity of the award. The year before, his novel “Doctor Zhivago” had been smuggled to the West and was published to the highest acclaim: It spent 26 weeks at the top of the “The New York Times” bestseller list. In 1965 the epic drama-romance-war film “Doctor Zhivago”, directed by David Lean was released. Omar Sharif and Julie Christie played the leading roles. The film still ranks as the eighth highest earner of all time.

The film

But what of the private man? What was Boris Pasternak like? What do we know of his private life?

In “Sitting on a Stick” Marilyn explores one aspect of Pasternak’s life: his love for the Moscow copywriter Olga Ivinskaya on whom he had based Lara of “Dr. Zhivago”.

Olga

Marilyn’s book is the first fictionalised version of Pasternak and Ivinskaya’s passionate adulterous love affair.

Today, with Communism something of the past, the book is also the story of the hardship and horror of life under the dictator Stalin, of his devastating policy of collectivisation when millions died of starvation, of his purges, his Gulag, and of the persecutions of Russia’s artists and intellectuals.

But above all, “Sitting on a Stick” tells the story of one woman’s undying love for the man of her dreams.

Josef Stalin

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

2 Responses

9-20-2011 at 16:58:41

Having read the beginning, I am looking forward to reading the whole novel.

9-20-2011 at 17:44:32

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Hope it gets published soon…………….sounds great.

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