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MOBI » DOC The Zhivago affair 9780307908001 FREE ì JOHNSCYCLINGDIARY ä ➽ [Download] ✤ The Zhivago affair By Peter Finn ➲ – Drawing on newly declassified government files this is the dramatic story of how a forbidden book in the Soviet Union became aT Union where the authorities regarded it as an irredeemable assault on the 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 P I liked this book Clearly an immense amount of research lies behind the writing of the book uotes galore that say exactly what so many contemporaries thought said and wrote about the famed Russian poet Boris Pasternak his first novel Doctor Zhivago and those close to him ie his wives children and beloved mistress It begins by focusing on the years prior to the writing of the novel that is during the 30s and 40s then life under the repressive Soviet regimes of Stalin and Khrushchev It focuses upon the climate in the US during the Cold War and as indicated by the title the role the CIA played in getting Pasternak's first novel published outside of the USSR first in Italy and then in other European countries In 1958 Russian language copies were slipped to visitors at the Vatican Pavilion at the International Expo in Brussels The clamor for the book was immense Why uite simply because the CIA turned this book into an ideological weapon between the East and the West Books can be powerful weapons is the lesson to be gleaned The Kremlin made a foolish mistake Banning a book is a sure means of promoting interest and acclaim Pasternak received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1958 the year following its publication in Italy What a coup for the CIAEven if the book is chock full of details I still end up with uestions The CIA spread an immense number of books not just Pasternak's into Russia as a way of awakening Russian protest I remember when my family and I drove to Moscow from Stockholm in 1972 The control guards took our crumpled Newsweek Now I better understand why Anyway how did the CIA get so many books into Russia This is not really explained The Kremlin looked at all correspondence leaving and entering Russia How did Pasternak succeed in getting his letters out to Italy the Italian publisher and to his sister in England without the Kremlin preventing this Finally no clear answer is given explaining where all the money ended up the royalties from the book the box office sale profits from the movie and the Nobel prize award money Where did it all go Who has it I'd like to knowIt is clear that even if Pasternak's novel wasn't itself blatantly anti Soviet you understand his criticism of Soviet society's lack of freedom and you see how through its banning it became a critical weapon between the East and the West Through its banning it became a weapon it need never have been Khrushchev even admits his error It may be difficult to follow this book if you have not previously read Doctor Zhivago I am definitely glad I read the novel first This allows you to judge for yourself the praise and criticism aimed at the book All the opinions thrown around Many people who never even read the book knew what they thought of it Neither Nabokov nor Yevtushenko were enthused Also the ruckus clearly showcases people and their varying manners of behavior; few stayed loyal to Pasternak when the chips were downSimon Vance reads the audiobook clearly but uickly It is still not hard to comprehend What is difficult are the Russian names that sound so similar What about this Just one example Evgenia was Pasternak's first wife and his first son by her was Evgeny It would have helped me to have a list of the names printed out Good book clearly well researched but still uestions remainA good book to read in conjunction with this is Revolution 1989 The Fall of the Soviet Empire That I gave five stars

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Asternak’s funeral in 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 pages of black and white illustrations “Oh what a love it was utterly free uniue like nothing else on earth Their thoughts were like other people’s songs”Boris Pasternak Doctor ZhivagoWords hold powerA story is powerfulThat was my thought as I read “The Zhivago Affair The Kremlin the CIA and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book” by Peter Finn and Petra CouvéeI confess that when I first read Doctor Zhivago and watched Omar Sharif fall desperately in love with Julie Christie all I was interested in was the love story I was young and unfamiliar with the traumatic events of the time in which the narrative was positioned I knew that there was some conflict but in my view it was dramatic background material that served to move the characters around a stageThe Zhivago Affair sent me scurrying back to reread parts of the original novel My eyes were opened Indeed there was a passionate and profoundly moving love story – one that I had missed completely That is the love of Boris Pasternak for his beloved Russia Boris Pasternak wrote Doctor Zhivago knowing that his life was in danger“You are hereby invited” he said “to my execution” Boris PasternakThe Zhivago Affair is a page turner It’s complex exciting poignant Peter Finn and Petra Couvée have crafted an extraordinary account of how a book can be used by powerful nations to wage political battles and influence the course of history The reviews have been enthusiastic; descriptions include masterful thrilling rich scrupulously researchedA word about the authors Peter Finn is National Security Editor for The Washington Post previously stationed in Moscow as the Post’s bureau chief; Petra Couvée is a writer and translator; she teaches at Saint Petersburg State UniversityMy greatest takeaway from reading The Zhivago Affair was an understanding of Boris Pasternak’s life his loves his hopes and fears“I don’t like people who have never fallen or stumbled Their virtue is lifeless and of little value Life hasn’t revealed its beauty to them” Boris Pasternak Doctor Zhivagohttpsontheroadbookclubcom201611

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The Zhivago affairDrawing 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 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 The Zhivago eBook #231 be published in the Sovie “You are herby invited to my execution” Last year I read Pasternak’s masterpiece “Doctor Zhivago” and fell in love with this amazing epic and heartbreaking novel While I was reading it I did some cursory research about it because I am a curious person by nature and I love learning about the context in which great books were written What I found looking up “Doctor Zhivago” was intriguing and almost shocking I knew there was heavy censorship of publication during the Soviet regime and I knew about Stalin’s Purge but the convoluted story about the manuscript secreted out of the Soviet Union and subseuently used as a tool of propaganda and blackmail was obviously worthy of its own book And true to their nature as bookworms a few of my GR friends eagerly recommended I get my hands on “The Zhivago Affair” the very book that looked into the history of the publication of Pasternak’s only novel and the repercussion his book had on the USSR and the world in general big thank you to all who recommended it especially Antigone and to my mom in law who put a copy in my Christmas stocking “The Zhivago Affair” almost reads like a spypolitical thriller but about books which I have to admit is a pretty cool and compulsively readable combination It is also a story about the battle for artistic freedom and the refusal to back down even under the most terrifying of pressures – that of a government that’s not afraid to shoot its writers 1500 in the head for writing things it doesn’t agree withOn top of the fascinating Cold War story I was very interested in learning about Pasternak’s life and he various tidbits of it that fuelled his inspiration for “Doctor Zhivago” there is even autobiographical elements weaved in Yuri’s story than I had guessed When I reread Yuri’s tragic story I will be seeing it in a different light Reading “Doctor Zhivago” it felt fairly obvious to me that the character of Yuri was often used as a mouthpiece for Pasternak’s opinions about the importance of art and the way his country had damaged that crucial aspect of its culture His feelings about the new regime were ambiguous because some aspects of it captured his imagination and gave him hope but the fallout soon tainted his idealism Pasternak’s nomination and eventual awarding of the Nobel Prize for literature – for a book that was perceived as a betrayal by the Soviet authorities could simply not be allowed and it broke my heart to read that the threat of never being allowed back into the country he still loved despite all the suffering and horrors he had witnessed did the trick and he turned the medal down What a cruel blackmail what an inhuman way to silence a person The smear campaigns he had to endure the public humiliations of having his honorifics taken away his loved one constantly followed and threatened It was often heartbreaking and infuriating to read about After reading a lot of Russian literature last year and uite a few non fiction books about the country’s history and politics when I read something like this book it’s hard for me not to shake my head and think “Only in Russia” – though I am fairly certain that other countries with a state controlled publication industry have similar stories The story of this book is a testament to the power of literature and the way some people fear what it might inspire others to think and do and how far some people are willing to go to stop that As often happens reading one book makes me want to read a bunch and I will