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The Zhivago affair: the Kremlin, the CIA, and the battle over a forbidden book

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[2014]
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English
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In May of 1956, an Italian publishing scout took a train to the Russian countryside to visit the country's most beloved poet, Boris Pasternak. He left concealing the original manuscript of Pasternak's much anticipated first novel, entrusted to him with these words from the author: "This is Doctor Zhivago. May it make its way around the world."Pasternak knew his novel would never be published in the Soviet Union, where the authorities regarded it as an assault on the 1917 Revolution, so he allowed it to be published in translation all over the world. But in 1958, the CIA, which recognized that the Cold War was above all an ideological battle, published Doctor Zhivago in Russian and smuggled it into the Soviet Union where it was snapped up on the black market and passed surreptitiously from friend to friend. Pasternak, whose funeral in 1960 was attended by thousands of readers who stayed for hours in defiance of the watching KGB, launched the great Soviet tradition of the writer-dissident. With sole access to otherwise classified CIA files, the authors give us an irresistible portrait of the charming and passionate Pasternak and a twisting Cold War thriller that takes us back to a time when literature had power to shape the world.
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display_description Drawing on newly declassified files, this is the story of how a book forbidden in the Soviet Union became a secret CIA weapon in the ideological battle between East and West. In May 1956, an Italian publishing scout paid a visit to Russia's greatest living poet, Boris Pasternak. He left carrying the manuscript of Pasternak's first and only novel, entrusted to him with these words: "This is Doctor Zhivago. May it make its way around the world." Pasternak believed his novel would never be published in the Soviet Union, where the authorities regarded it as irredeemable--but he thought it stood a chance in the West and, indeed, it was widely published in translation. Then the CIA smuggled a Russian-language edition into the Soviet Union. Copies were sold on the black market and passed surreptitiously from friend to friend, and Pasternak found himself in no small trouble. But his funeral in 1960 was attended by thousands of admirers who defied their government in order to bid him farewell. The example he set launched the great tradition of the Soviet writer-dissident.--From publisher description.
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subject_facet Audiobooks, Authors, Russian -- 20th century -- Biography, Dissenters -- Soviet Union -- Biography, Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich, -- 1890-1960 -- Censorship, Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich, -- 1890-1960. -- Doktor Zhivago, Politics and literature -- Soviet Union -- History, Prohibited books -- Soviet Union -- History, Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States, Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- 1953-1985, United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union, United States. -- Central Intelligence Agency -- History -- 20th century
title_display The Zhivago affair : the Kremlin, the CIA, and the battle over a forbidden book
title_full The Zhivago affair : the Kremlin, the CIA, and the battle over a forbidden book / Peter Finn and Petra Couvee, The Zhivago affair : the Kremlin, the CIA, and the battle over a forbidden book / Peter Finn and Petra Couvée
title_short The Zhivago affair :
title_sub the Kremlin, the CIA, and the battle over a forbidden book
topic_facet Audiobooks, Authors, Russian, Censorship, Dissenters, Foreign relations, History, Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich, Politics and government, Politics and literature, Prohibited books