Doctor Zhivago Author:Boris Pasternak The classic story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. — ?The best way to understand Pasternak?s achievement in Doctor Zhivago is to see it in terms of this great Russian literary tradition, as a fairy tale, not so much of good and evil as of opposing forces and needs in human destiny and history... more » that can never be reconciled . . . [Zhivago is] a figure who embodies the principle of life itself, the principle that contradicts every abstraction of revolutionary politics.?