'The Zhivago Affair': How the CIA waged literary cold war
Knoxville News Sentinel
The grenade was "Doctor Zhivago," by Russian writer Boris Pasternak. It would be his only work of fiction, but the controversial circumstances of its publication would spark a furor in the Soviet Union, where it was officially banned. The CIA, looking ...
A visit to Arguilla Country: Literature as patriotism
At the Moscow editorial office of Novy Mir, the literature journal, I had a very interesting discussion about Boris Pasternak, the famous poet whose novel Dr. Zhivago had appeared in the West. He had won the Nobel Prize but was not permitted by the ...
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Shostakovich wrote several film scores, the most celebrated of which is his music for the 1964 Russian version of Hamlet, based on the translation by Boris Pasternak. Seeing this film is on my bucket list, but in the meantime, a presentation of the ...
Cold War intrigue
In the 20th century, the Soviet Union was usually a bit behind the times. This helps explain why the poet Boris Pasternak's only novel, Doctor Zhivago, made such a fuss when it was published, in Italy, in 1957. As this account of the controversy over Dr.