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Poetic Remedy

Boris Pasternak, photographed in 1928

1960: The Soviet poet and novelist Boris Pasternak died at the age of 70. His fellow poet Osip Mandelstam once suggested that reading Pasternak’s poetry cleared the throat, reinforced the breathing and renewed the lungs. “Such verses,” Mandelstam added, “must be a cure for tuberculosis.”

Source: Osip Mandelstam, Osip Mandelstam: Selected Essays (1977), p. 83

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