Books in the ‘Rereading the Classics’ series give a modern analysis of the works that form part of school literature curricula. This is the first attempt to provide a detailed insight into the spiritual, moral and religious aspects of the art of 19th and 20th century Russian writers. The series is offered as the basis of modern knowledge about Russian literature, which is necessary for high school students to pass school-leaving examinations and to gain admission to any institution of higher learning. This book is dedicated to the art of Boris L. Pasternak - the world’s most studied 20th century Russian poet. His lyrical poems belong to the heights of poetry, his novel ‘Doctor Zhivago’ is the most popular Russian novel of this century and his translations of Shakespeare, Goethe, French and Georgian poets are considered to be second to none. The author also tells about the Nobel Prize laureate’s extraordinary personality and complex life path. The book is addressed to teachers of schools, lyceums, gymnasiums, high school students, university entrants, students, specialists in philology and everyone who loves Pasternak's work.