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- DescriptionThe story of a forbidden book that became a symbol of freedom and rebellion in the battle between East and West. 1956. Boris Pasternak presses a manuscript into the hands of an Italian publishing scout with these words: 'This is Doctor Zhivago. May it make its way around the world.' Pasternak knew his vel would never be published in the Soviet Union as the authorities regarded it as seditious, so, instead, he allowed it to be published in translation all over the world - a highly dangerous act. 1958. The life of this extraordinary book enters the realms of the spy vel. The CIA, recognising that the Cold War was primarily an ideological battle, published Doctor Zhivago in Russian and smuggled it into the Soviet Union. It was immediately snapped up on the black market. Pasternak was later forced to reunce the Nobel Prize in Literature, igniting worldwide political scandal. With first access to previously classified CIA files, The Zhivago Affair gives an irresistible portrait of Pasternak, and takes us deep into the Cold War, back to a time when literature had the power to shake the world. This is a Spectator and Sunday Times Book of the Year.
- Author BiographyPeter Finn (Author) PETER FINN is national security editor for The Washington Post and previously served as the Post's bureau chief in Moscow. Petra Couvee (Author) PETRA COUVEE is a writer and translator, and teaches at Saint Petersburg State University.
- PrizesShortlisted for Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2015.
- Author(s)Peter Finn,Petra Couvee
- PublisherVintage Publishing
- Date of Publication02/07/2015
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Weight293 g
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine24 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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