Doctor Zhivago | By Boris Pasternak
Doctor Zhivago was almost never published. Censored by the USSR, the manuscript was smuggled into Italy, where it was published by Feltrinelli in 1957. Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature the following year.
If you think you know the plot from the film, think again. Lara and Yuri Zhivago's is one of the greatest love stories ever written, but Doctor Zhivago is about more than this relationship. As vast as the country at its heart, Pasternak’s portrayal of what it means to put your nation before yourself, and before others, serves as the strongest of reminders that personal liberty is not to be taken lightly.