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

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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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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 Couvée 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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Authors, Russian -- 20th century -- Biography
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- General
Biography
Censorship
Diplomatic relations
Dissenters
Dissenters -- Soviet Union -- Biography
Doktor Zhivago (Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich)
Downloadable audiobooks
Electronic books
HISTORY -- Europe -- Russia & the Former Soviet Union
History
Intelligence & Espionage
Literary
Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich, -- 1890-1960
Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich, -- 1890-1960 -- Censorship
Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich, -- 1890-1960. -- Doktor Zhivago
Politics and government
Politics and literature
Politics and literature -- Soviet Union -- History
Prohibited books
Prohibited books -- Soviet Union -- History
Russia (pre- & post-Soviet Union)
Soviet Union
Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States
Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- 1953-1985
United States
United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union
United States. -- Central Intelligence Agency
United States. -- Central Intelligence Agency -- History -- 20th century
title_displayThe Zhivago Affair The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book
title_fullThe Zhivago Affair The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book
The Zhivago affair : the Kremlin, the CIA, and the battle over a forbidden book / Peter Finn and Petra Couve?e.
The Zhivago affair : the Kremlin, the CIA, and the battle over a forbidden book [electronic resource] / Peter Finn and Petra Couvee
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title_subthe Kremlin, the CIA, and the battle over a forbidden book
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BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Biography & Autobiography
Censorship
Diplomatic relations
Dissenters
Foreign relations
General
HISTORY
History
Intelligence & Espionage
Literary
Nonfiction
Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich
Politics
Politics and government
Politics and literature
Prohibited books
Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Russia (pre- & post-Soviet Union)