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Today is the birthday of Boris Pasternak (1890-1960) and Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956)

Boris Pasternak was a Russian language poet, novelist, and literary translator. Pasternak's theatrical translations of Goethe, Schiller, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, and William Shakespeare remain deeply popular with Russian audiences.

Outside Russia, Pasternak is best known for authoring the novel Doctor Zhivago,... which was banned in the USSR, Doctor Zhivago was smuggled to Milan and published in 1957. Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature the following year.

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Bertolt Brecht was a German poet, playwright, and theatre director. An influential theatre practitioner of the 20th century, Brecht made equally significant contributions to dramaturgy and theatrical production.

There are few areas of modern theatrical culture that have not felt the impact or influence of Brecht's ideas and practices. In addition to the theatre, Brechtian theories and techniques have exerted considerable sway over certain strands of film theory and cinematic practice.

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Happy Birtday Boris Pasternak! Happy Birthday Bertolt Brecht!
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