The Zhivago Affair

The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book
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Product Number: DD11506
Released: Jun 17, 2014
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ISBN: #9781622314362
Narrator/s: Simon Vance
Publisher: HighBridge Company
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In May of 1956, an Italian publishing scout took a train to the Russian countryside to visit the country's most beloved poet, Boris Pasternak. He left concealing the original manuscript of Pasternak's much anticipated first novel, entrusted to him with these words from the author: "This is Doctor Zhivago. May it make its way around the world."Pasternak knew his novel would never be published in the Soviet Union, where the authorities regarded it as an assault on the 1917 Revolution, so he allowed it to be published in translation all over the world. But in 1958, the CIA, which recognized that the Cold War was above all an ideological battle, published Doctor Zhivago in Russian and smuggled it into the Soviet Union where it was snapped up on the black market and passed surreptitiously from friend to friend. Pasternak, whose funeral in 1960 was attended by thousands of readers who stayed for hours in defiance of the watching KGB, launched the great Soviet tradition of the writer-dissident. With sole access to otherwise classified CIA files, the authors give us an irresistible portrait of the charming and passionate Pasternak and a twisting Cold War thriller that takes us back to a time when literature had power to shape the world.


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The Zhivago Affair
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Product Number:DD11506

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Author(s): Peter Finn, Petra Couvee
Narrator(s): Simon Vance
Product Number Z100081823
Released: Jun 17, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Highbridge Company
ISBN: #9781622314379
Author(s): Peter Finn, Petra Couvee
Product Number EB00180266
Released: Jun 17, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9780307908018

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"This audiobook proves yet again that fact can be as fascinating as fiction, particularly when Simon Vance is the narrator. Although Nobel Prize-winning author Boris Pasternak believed that DOCTOR ZHIVAGO could never be published in his native country, the CIA thought differently, recognizing the bookÕs importance to the Cold War. In this eye-opening historical work, the authors document how the CIA smuggled the masterpiece into the Soviet Union, where it sold furiously on the black market and had a transformative effect on society. VanceÕs adept use of accent and inflection complement the book, which is as exciting as a spy novel. Calling this a page-turner doesnÕt do justice, however, to VanceÕs elegant and memorable performance. D.J.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award "

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