Cold Warriors

Writers Who Waged the Literary Cold War
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Author(s): Duncan White
Original Publish Date: Aug 27, 2019
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (24.80 hours)
Product Number: Z100139901
Released: Aug 27, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780062890740
Narrator/s: Fred Sanders
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Description

A brilliant, invigorating account of the great writers on both sides of the Iron Curtain who played the dangerous games of espionage, dissidence and subversion that changed the course of the Cold War. During the Cold War, literature was both sword and noose. Novels, essays and poems could win the hearts and minds of those caught between the competing creeds of capitalism and communism. They could also lead to exile, imprisonment or execution if they offended those in power. The clandestine intelligence services of the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union had secret agents and vast propaganda networks devoted to literary warfare. But the battles were personal, too: friends turning on each other, lovers cleaved by political fissures, artists undermined by inadvertent complicities. In Cold Warriors, Harvard UniversityA??s Duncan White vividly chronicles how this ferocious intellectual struggle was waged on both sides of the Iron Curtain. The book has at its heart five major writersA??George Orwell, Stephen Spender, Mary McCarthy, Graham Greene and Andrei SinyavskyA??but the full cast includes a dazzling array of giants, among them Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, John le CarrA©, Richard Wright, Ernest Hemingway, Boris Pasternak, Gioconda Belli, Arthur Koestler, Vaclav Havel, Joan Didion, Isaac Babel, Howard Fast, Lillian Hellman, Mikhail Sholokhov A??and scores more. Spanning decades and continents and spectacularly meshing gripping narrative with perceptive literary detective work, Cold Warriors is a welcome reminder that, at a moment when ignorance is celebrated and reading seen as increasingly irrelevant, writers and books can change the world.

All formats/editions

CD
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Author(s): Duncan White
Narrator(s): Fred Sanders
Product Number DD42132
Released: Feb 19, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781982607098
eBook
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Author(s): Duncan White
Product Number EB00723882
Released: Aug 27, 2019
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Custom House
ISBN: #9780062449825

Professional reviews

"Narrator Fred Sanders's voice carries a calm authority as he delivers stories of writers on both sides of the Iron Curtain who dealt with the Cold War in their work. White begins with George Orwell's escape from leftist secret police in the Spanish Civil War. He also takes listeners on a tour of Soviet gulags and show trials, U.S. blacklists, and literary conferences organized by both sides. Sanders brings the emotions of figures like Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Arthur Koestler alive as he tells their stories. The audiobook may leave listeners as distrustful as Orwell. Still, it's hard to resist hearing tidbits like the true story behind Graham Greene's humorous OUR MAN IN HAVANA. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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