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The paper discusses the artistic career of Leonid Pasternak (1862-1945), Boris Pasternak’s father, against the background of the debates about the possibility and the nature of Jewish art in the beginning of 20th century. It analyzes Leonid Pasternak’s role and place in the crystallization of Jewish national self-consciousness that expressed in the early stages of the Zionist movement in Russia and Europe.
Lazar Fleishman (b. 1944) graduated from Latvian University in Riga. Between 1974-1984 Fleishman taught at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, since 1985 he has been Professor of Slavic Studies at Stanford University. Professor Fleishman has served as editor or co-editor of the series Slavica Hierosolymitana (Jerusalem), Stanford Slavic Studies and others. Among his books there are Boris Pasternak: The Poet and His Politcs (1990), From Pushkin to Pasternak: Selected Works on Poetics and History of Russian Literature (2006) and other monographs and collections on Boris Pasternak and on the various centers of Russian émigré culture (Berlin, Riga, Warsaw) during the interwar period.
Lazar Fleishman, Professor of Slavic Studies, Stanford University
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