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Zhivago Affair

The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden
by Peter Finn and Petra Couvee
Harvill Secker

Your net price $3.99

Pub Date: 2014
Format: Hardback with bw illus.
Pages: 352 pp.
Size: 6.50 x 9.75 inches

ISBN: 9781846557125
TB Code: 1512065
Availability: 338 in stock

This is the 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 novel 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 novel. 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.