PASTERNAK, BORIS. 1890-1960.
Lot 107
PASTERNAK, BORIS. 1890-1960.
Sold for US$ 3,660 inc. premium
Lot Details
PASTERNAK, BORIS. 1890-1960.
PASTERNAK INTERVENES FOR A GROUP OF PERSECUTED WRITERS.
Autograph Letter Signed ("B. Pasternak") in Cyrillic, 1 p, 8vo, n.p., February 6, 1936, to Alexander Sergeevich Sherbakov, with autograph envelope, toned.

In full, translated: "Please do something to change the decision of the revision commission: it appears unfair to me and wrong not only in the case of E.N. Chebotarevskay—where it is scandalously obvious—but regarding others who were fired. Why destroy what was created under such hardship?" Brave letter written at a time of Stalinist purges. Babel, Mandelstam, and myriads of other writers lost their lives in this period. Most of Pasternak's writings were suppressed, and Doctor Zhivago was not published in the U.S.S.R. until 1987.
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