Posted on July 5, 2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A plagiarism battle is set to take place in a London court this summer.

The Guardian reports that Anna Pasternak, author of Lara: The Untold Love Story and the Inspiration for Doctor Zhivago, and Lara Prescott, author of The Secrets We Kept, will square off starting this week.

At the center of the plagiarism battle is, as you likely surmised, Boris Pasternak's classic novel Doctor Zhivago.

Anna Pasternak's book explores the woman believed to have inspired the heroine of that novel, Olga Ivinskaya, and her origin story.

It came out in 2016; three years later, she argues, Prescott used passages from the book in her historical-fiction novel that incorporates the publication of Doctor Zhivago in its plot.

Pasternak has accused Prescott of acknowledging her contributions and apologizing for not crediting her, but in statements to the press, Prescott has insisted that her work is original.

You can read more about the Doctor Zhivago plagiarism debate in the Guardian

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