Literary Life at a Crossroads Audio

Hamlet
Vladimir Vysotskii
Description: Vysotskii reads Pasternak’s ‘Hamlet’ (1949) (from Doctor Zhivago) from a performance of Shakespeare’s drama at the Taganka Theater. The production opened in 1971 and ran until Vysotskii’s death in 1980.

Nighttime (Poem) (1957)
Boris Pasternak
Description: Pasternak recorded this reading the year after the poem was written (1957), at the height of the scandal over his publication of ‘Doctor Zhivago.’

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