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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 countrys most beloved poet, Boris Pasternak. He left concealing the original manuscript of Pasternaks 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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The dramatic, never-before-told story of how a forbidden book in the Soviet Union became a secret CIA weapon in the ideological battle between East and West.

About the Author

PETER FINN is a national security correspondent for The Washington Post, and previously served as the Post’s bureau chief in Moscow. He was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for the Post’s coverage of the wars in Kosovo and Afghanistan.

PETRA COUVÉE is a writer, translator and teacher. She has translated the work of numerous Russian writers into Dutch. She is an affiliated researcher at Leiden University in the Netherlands and teaches Dutch each spring at Moscow State University.

SIMON VANCE is a prolific and popular audiobook narrator and actor with several hundred audiobooks to his credit. An Audie® Award-winner, Vance was recently named "The Voice of Choice" by Booklist magazine.

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9781622314362
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Finn, Peter
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Highbridge Company
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Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Literary
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intelligence & Espionage
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Russia-General Russian History
Edition Description:
Unabridged,Unabridged; 9.5 hours
Publication Date:
20140631
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Pages:
585
Dimensions:
5.88 x 5.13 x 1 in 0.56 lb

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History and Social Science » Russia » General Russian History

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