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

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Drawing on newly declassified government files, this is the dramatic story of how a forbidden book in the Soviet Union became a secret CIA weapon in the ideological battle between East and West.   In May 1956, an Italian publishing scout took a train to a village just outside Moscow to visit Russia's greatest living poet, Boris Pasternak. He left carrying the original 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 was unlikely ever to be published in the Soviet Union, where the authorities regarded it as an irredeemable assault on the 1917 Revolution. But he thought it stood a chance in the West and, indeed, beginning in Italy, Doctor Zhivago was widely published in translation throughout the world.   From there the life of this extraordinary book entered the realm of the spy novel. The CIA, which recognized that the Cold War was above all an ideological battle, published a Russian-language edition of Doctor Zhivago and smuggled it into the Soviet Union. Copies were devoured in Moscow and Leningrad, sold on the black market, and passed surreptitiously from friend to friend. Pasternak's funeral in 1960 was attended by thousands of admirers who defied their government to bid him farewell. The example he set launched the great tradition of the writer-dissident in the Soviet Union.   In The Zhivago Affair, Peter Finn and Petra Couv#65533;e bring us intimately close to this charming, passionate, and complex artist. First to obtain CIA files providing concrete proof of the agency's involvement, the authors give us a literary thriller that takes us back to a fascinating period of the Cold War--to a time when literature had the power to stir the world. (With 8 pages of black-and-white illustrations.)

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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
title_short The Zhivago affair :
title_sub the Kremlin, the CIA, and the battle over a forbidden book
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Foreign relations
Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich
Politics and government
Politics and literature
Prohibited books