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Book review: The Zhivago Affair

<p>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.) From the Hardcover edition.</p>

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Doctor Zhivago (novel) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Doctor Zhivago (novel) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Doctor Zhivago (1965)

“It snowed and snowed, the whole world over, Snow swept the world from end to end. A candle burned on the table; A candle burned.” Author: Boris Pasternak; Source: Doctor Zhivago

Anna Achmatova and Boris Pasternak

"Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary." - Boris Pasternak

Evguénia Lourié, Boris Pasternak et leur fils Evgueni ( Génia) à Leningrad. 1924

Boris Leonidovich Pasternak with his wife and son. This is my favorite picture of the great poet and author of Dr. Zhivago

FEBRUARY. TAKE INK AND WEEP by Boris Pasternak. Click on photo to read the poem.

Tarantino visited the grave of one of his favorite authors Boris Pasternak (2004)

Boris Pasternak The Poems of Dr. Zhivago

Boris Pasternak - Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958 ~ Poetry

"Your health is bound to be affected if, day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel." - Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Boris Pasternak, Sergei Eisenstein, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Lili Brik

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