Cerebral Shangrila

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Rainbow Quiz - Identify the personality - Week 58

Here is the next weekly "Rainbow" quiz , where I would be giving 7 clues (Hence the name Rainbow) about a personality. Try to discover the person in the least number of clues . You can either leave the answer as a comment / email me . Feedback/ suggestions welcome. Googling is not preferred but then its just for fun and so go ahead if you need to.

X is famous worldwide for his epic novel " Y" that was ironically banned in his home country for more than 3 decades. Y is a masterpiece and I adore the visual adaptation of the Novel. Great story, strong characters, stunning visuals and magnificent music.

clue # 1 : "X" was born in Moscow to a prominent Jewish painter and his pianist wife.

clue # 2 : " X" started learning music early during life. However, he soon renounced music and went to Germany to study philosophy. At the end of his studies, he decided to dedicate himself to literature.

clue # 3 : X's first books of verse went unnoticed. His works were marked by a sober style with haunting melancholy. "X" first gained a place as a leading poet rather than a novelist.

clue # 4 : " X" published his masterpiece novel "Y" after the Second world war. As the book was frowned upon by the Soviet authorities, "Y" was smuggled abroad and published in an Italian translation.

clue # 5 : The novel became an instant sensation and was subsequently translated and published in many non-Soviet bloc countries. Its American edition spent 26 weeks at the top of The New York Times' bestseller list. All this made "X" extremely unpopular with the Russian Government.

clue # 6 : "X" was named the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958. Two days after hearing that he had won, "X" sent the following telegram to the Swedish Academy: "Immensely thankful, touched, proud, astonished, abashed".However, four days later came another telegram:"Considering the meaning this award has been given in the society to which I belong, I must refuse it. Please do not take offense at my voluntary rejection" .

clue # 7 : It was not until more than 25 years after his death that "Y" was published in the USSR.



  • Boris Pasternak. Isn't he a German
    I thought I got it in the first clue, thinking it must be A Solzhenitsen ( forget the spelling) but soon the other clues gave way till I reached those down the line.
    Difficult to guess.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:42 PM  

  • Y must be his famous novel which also got filmed Dr Zhivago

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:46 PM  

  • Answer this, and it should be easy for you.
    1) He was a sailor by birth and became the captain of the ship in his early twenties
    2) His dream of continuing to captain his ship was thwarted by people aroung him due to jealousy
    3) X had to spend sleepless nights in a dingy jail on charges of treason, a charge which was never revealed to him while being tried in the court of law
    4) X had a providential escape from the secure prison and he thought it was a GOD given chance to take a revenge on those who negated 14 years of his youth
    5) X today remains a symbol of how an angel and devil co-reside in a person to take revenge and many a films have been shot based on his life story
    6) X is a fictional character created by Y, one of the great french novelist of 19th century
    7) The story of X was written apparently in a periodical, due to which each of the chapters of the novel tends to give a tweak to maintain the readers' interest in the story
    Name X and Y

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:01 PM  

  • Dr.zhivago

    By Blogger தி. ரா. ச.(T.R.C.), at 1:23 AM  

  • KM , TRC - Yes,its Boris Pasternak and the novel is Dr.Zhivago. The novel was immortalized through the Visual media by David Lean's brilliant adaptation. One scene from the movie is still etched in my memory. The camera shows a train cruising across the snowy terrain of Russia ( Siberia ?)...Stunning visual.

    Anon - The answer is " Edmond Dantes ( Count of Monte Cristo). As I had written earlier, I saw a 7 hour telefilm in French titles " Comte De Monte Cristo" which is an accurate representation of the revenge part.

    By Blogger Cogito, at 11:19 AM  

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