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The Zhivago affair mobi Ò Hardcover µ peter finn µ 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 outsids 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 This is an enlightening account of the life of Boris Pasternak and his defense of literary truth It is also a story of espionage and the CIA's use of the book Dr Zhivago as a weapon during the cold war It is a good read in spite of all those difficult Russian names

The Zhivago affairs 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 This is an enlightening account of the life of Boris Pasternak and his defense of literary truth It is also a story of espionage and the CIA's use of the book Dr Zhivago as a weapon during the cold war It is a good read in spite of all those difficult Russian names

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The Zhivago affair ¸ E 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 view spoiler Bettie's Books hide spoiler text ´ The Zhivago affair Ð Peter Finn

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Peter Finn Ð The Zhivago affair pdf 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 th Pasternak began to write Doctor Zhivago on a block of water marked paper from the desk of a dead man The paper was a gift from the widow of Titsian Tabidze the Georgian poet who was arrested tortured and executed in 1937 Pasternak felt the weight of those empty pagesHe was solely a poet up to this moment Famous in his nation worshiped sought after as a mentor a lover; for his signature on that important protest one was firing off to the Party directorate He was rewarded with renown than riches and earned his rubles to survive through translating Western works for the Russian market Shakespeare Faust He had a wife and a mistress and a dacha in the artist's colony of Peredelkino Stalin called him a cloud dweller and left him alone for the most part He had his mornings for work his afternoons for walking through the forest his evenings for gathering with friends a brandy a stew a log for the fire Life was as fair as it might be under the circumstances He did not need to change direction No one asked it of him Stillthis revolution This revolution needed dealing withHe did not imagine even as he was composing it that this novel would be published in Russia Whatever rogue hope he may have harbored was dashed as he began to reveal the work through informal readings The prose was glorious yes but the truth it held Fellow writers felt it wrong headed Dangerous A folly to think such a representation could stand beneath the hard eye of Soviet censorship Pasternak was aware enough to accept the reality of his situation; aware enough to know Zhivago was a lost cause This explains in part his whimsical surrender of the manuscript to a visiting agent of an Italian publishing company It's possible to see this as a relinuishing act Done Over The end of expectation A dream put to rest Who was to say what would be destroyed at his death Best it exist somewhere if only for posterity Did he understand the ramifications of his choice Did he realize as he murmured his soft good bye that history was turning to greet him with a resoundingly garrulous hello Hard to knowPeter Finn and Petra Couvee present a page turning account of the fireworks that followed From the Russian government's frantic attempts to retrieve the manuscript to the US Central Intelligence Agency's acuisition and distribution of the work and all the way to Stockholm and the Nobel Prize accepted then refused it's a fascinating window into the clash of literature with Cold War politics of memory with revisionism and the measure of an artist who maintained his integrity against a relentless tide of persecution and abuseWell written well sourced and well done