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SUMMARY ↠ The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book Á ❰Reading❯ ➾ The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book Author Peter Finn – Citybells.co.uk Chapter Bullets cracked against the facade of tReading The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book Author Peter Finn Citybells.co.uk Chapter Bullets cracked against the facade of the Pasternak familys apartment building on Volkhonka Street in central Moscow pierced the windows and whistled into the plaster ceilings The gunfire whic Chapter Bullets cracked against the facade of the Affair: The PDF Pasternak familys apartment building on Volkhonka Street in The Zhivago Epub / central Moscow pierced the windows and whistled into the plaster ceilings The gunfire which began with a Zhivago Affair: The PDF/EPUB few isolated skirmishes escalated into all out street fighting in the surrounding neighborhood and drove the family Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the PDF or into the back rooms of the spacious second floor flat That too seemed perilous when shrapnel from an artillery barrage struck the back of the building Those few civilians who ventured out on Volkhonka crab ran from hiding spot to hiding spot One of the Pasternaks neighbors was shot and killed when he crossed in front of one of his windowsOn October in a largely bloodless coup the Bolsheviks seized power in Petrograd the Russian capital which had been called Saint Petersburg until World War I broke out and a Germanic name became intolerable Other major centers did not fall so easily as militants loyal to the revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin battled the Provisional Government that had been in power since March There wasthan a week of fighting in Moscow the countrys commercial center and second city and the Pasternaks found themselves in the middle of it The familys apartment building was on a street that crested a hill The flats nine street side windows offered a panoramic view of the Moscow River and the monumental golden dome of Christ the Savior Cathedral The Kremlin was just a few hundred meters to the northeast along the bend of the river Pasternak who rented a room in the Arbat neighborhood had happened over to his parents place on the day the fighting began and found himself stuck there eventually Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the PDF or huddling with his parents and younger twenty four year old brother Alexander in the downstairs apartment of a neighbor The telephone and lights were out and water only occasionally and then briefly trickled out of the taps Boriss two sistersJosephine and Lydiawere caught in similarly miserable conditions at the nearby home of their cousin They had gone out for a stroll on an unseasonably mild evening when suddenly ard cars began to careen through streets that uickly emptied The sisters had just made it to the shelter of their cousins home when a man across the street was felled by a shot For days the constant crackle of machine gun fire and the thud of exploding shells were punctuated by the scream of wheeling swifts and swallows And then as uickly as it started the air drained clear and a terrifying silence fell Moscow had fallen to the SovietsRussias year of revolution had begun the previous February when women protesting bread shortages in Petrograd were joined by tens of thousands of striking workers and the national war weariness swelled into a sea of demonstrators against the exhausted autocracy Two million Russians would die in the carnage at the Eastern Front and another million civilians died from disease and military action The economy of the vast backward Russian empire was collapsing When troops loyal to the czar fired on the crowds killing hundreds the capital was in open revolt On March having been abandoned by the army Nicholas II abdicated and the three hundred year old Romanov dynasty was at an end Pasternak who had been assigned to a chemical factory in the Urals to support the war effort hurried back to Moscow He traveled part of the journey on a kibitka a covered wagon on runners and warded off the cold with sheepskin coats and hay Pasternak and his siblings welcomed the fall of the monarchy the emergence a new Provisional Government and above all the prospect of a constitutional political order Subjects became citizens and they reveled in the transformation Just imagine when an ocean of blood and filth begins to give out light Pasternak told one friend His sister Josephine described him as o.
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Dread persecution and loss They also share an avid eye for detailFinn and Couves poignant depiction of Pasternak is the books greatest strengthThe Daily Beast Finn and Couve s riveting well researched book reads like a literary thrillera fascinating essay on mid century politicsilluminating humane New RepublicAn informative fascinating and often moving account of personal courage espionage and propaganda and the role of literature in the political struggle for the hearts and minds of people Huffington PostCrushingly poignant Knoxville News SentinelThrillingDeftly combining biography cultural history and literary tittle tattle Finn and Couve have shone a light on a shadowy operationCrushingly poignant NewsdayBrisk and thrillingThe authors use rich archival research including previously classified CIA files to depict the oppressive political conditions that gave rise to Pasternaks masterpiece and the international firestorm that occurred when the novel was banned in the Soviet Union The book offers nuanced depictions of the people in Pasternaks life including his lover Olga Ivinskaya who championed his work and shared his torment at the hands of the KGB The torturous ideological policing by the Soviets is discussed to great effect for indeed the tale of Doctor Zhivago itself is very much about the long psychic scar left by Russian Revolution Its a story expertly told by Finn and Couve who unsparingly present the role played by the Kremlin in persecuting Pasternak and his loved ones as well as the role of the CIA in using his masterpiece in a game of ideological warfareoverall a triumphant reminder that truth is sometimes gloriously stranger than fiction Publishers Weekly starred reviewA detailed reconstruction of one of the most fascinating of the Cold Wars cultural skirmishes The Zhivago Affair ought to bring a new generation of readers to it curious to know what kind of a novel could make a superpower trembleTablet A fast paced political thriller about a book that terrified a nation Kirkus ReviewsA riveting account Finn and Couvee have drawn not only on archival documents and interviews with surviving actors in the international drama but also on newly declassified files of the Soviet American and Dutch intelligence services BookforumIt is uite simply a remarkable story and fully sourced book the scholarship peerless but never eclipsing one amazingly humanist story of a towering figure of th century Russian literatureNew York Journal of booksWith groundbreaking reporting and character rich storytelling Peter Finn and Petra Couve uncover the high stakes drama behind one of the Cold Wars strangest turning points Passionately written and acutely aware of the historical context The Zhivago Affair almost makes one nostalgic for a time when novels were so important that even the CIA cared about themKen Kalfus author of A Disorder Peculiar to the CountryA thrilling literary espionage yarn but muchthan that Finn and Couve shed new light on the Cold War struggle for the hearts and minds of millions of people introducing a cast of characterspoets and spies idealists and cynics politicians and dissidentswho could have stepped out of the pages of Doctor Zhivago itselfMichael Dobbs author of Six Months in FDR Stalin Churchill and Trumanfrom World War to Cold WarA sparkling and fascinating account of how one of the most important novels of the twentieth century found its way back to Russia a juggernaut of truth thrust into the Soviet darkness Finn and Couve elegantly and authoritatively capture Pasternaks brilliance the courage of his friends and the CIAs hidden role in bringing the forbidden book to Russian readersDavid E Hoffman author of the Pulitzer Prizewinning The Dead Hand The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous LegacyThe most detailed account to date of the events that suddenly placed one of Russias greatest poets in the center of the struggle between Soviet and Western propaganda machines at the height of the Cold War Pasternaks personal courage in the face of this totally incongruous conflict is the uality that emerges most clearly from this well paced narrative which is especially commendable for its avoidance of all romantic exaggerationa uality Pasternak himself strove for in Doctor Zhivago The book is of great relevance today when such conflicts seem but only seem to have disappeared Richard Pevear co translator of Doctor Zhivago.
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The Zhivago Affair The Kremlin the CIA and the Battle Over a Forbidden BookVerwhelmed and intoxicated by the charisma of Alexander Kerensky a leading political figure and his effect on a crowd outside the Bolshoi Theatre that spring The Provisional Government abolished censorship and introduced freedom of assembly Pasternak would later channel the sense of euphoria into his novel The hero of Doctor Zhivago was spellbound by the public discourse which was brilliantly alive almost magical I watched a meeting last night An astounding spectacle said Yuri Zhivago in a passage where the character describes the first months after the fall of the czar Mother Russia has begun to move she wont stay put she walks and never tires of walking she talks and cant talk enough And its not as if only people are talking Stars and trees come together and converse night flowers philosophize and stone buildings hold meetings Something gospel like isnt it As in the time of the apostles Remember in Paul Speak in tongues and prophesy Pray for the gift of interpretation It seemed to Zhivago that the roof over the whole of Russia has been torn off The political ferment also enfeebled the Provisional Government which was unable to establish its writ It was overwhelmed above all by the widely hated decision to keep fighting in the world war The Bolsheviks earning popular support with the promise of Bread Peace and Land and driven by Lenins calculation that power was for the taking launched their insurrection and a second revolution in October What magnificent surgery Pasternak wrote in Doctor Zhivago To take and at one stroke artistically cut out the old stinking sores The Bolsheviks in their constitution promised Utopiathe abolition of all exploitation of man by man the complete elimination of the division of society into classes the ruthless suppression of the exploiters the establishment of a socialist organization of society and the victory of socialism in all countries Yuri Zhivago uickly is disillusioned by the convulsions of the new order First the ideas of general improvement as theyve been understood since October dont set me on fire Second its all still so far from realization while the mere talk about it has been paid for with such seas of blood that I dont think the ends justify the means Third and this is the main thing when I hear about the remaking of life I lose control of myself and fall into despair The word remaking was the same one Stalin used when toasting his writers and demanding engineers of the soul Zhivago tells his interlocutor a guerrilla commander I grant youre all bright lights and liberators of Russia that without you she would perish drowned in poverty and ignorance and nevertheless I cant be bothered with you and I spit on you I dont like you and you can all go to the devil These are the judgments of a much older Pasternak writingthan three decades after the revolution and looking back in sorrow and disgust At the time when Pasternak was twenty seven he was a man in love writing poetry and swept along in the greatness of the momentBeautifully crafted and scrupulously researchedFinn and Couve have taken a complex and difficult history with many moving parts and turned it into a kind of intellectual thriller They have to control a lot of information yet they keep the book well paced and often exciting The Zhivago Affair is a prime example of hard work and fidelity to a good story Washington PostA work of deep historical research that reads a little like Le Carr this is the backstory of the foreign publication of Boris Pasternaks Dr Zhivago and it bears its multiple burdens lightly a sideways biography of Pasternak a psychological history of Soviet Russia a powerful argument for the book as literature an entry into the too small canon on the CIAs role in shaping culture In new reporting on the Agencys distribution of the book behind enemy lines the authors show how both sides in the Cold War used literary prestige as a weapon without resorting to cheap moral euivalency New YorkFascinatingTold in its entirety the story of how Doctor Zhivago helped disrupt the Soviet Union holds some intriguing implications for the present and future of cultural conflict The Atlantic The Zhivago Affair does a masterful job of putting flesh on the bare bones of a story that has been hinted at in the press for decadesRA rich and unanticipated story Finn and Couve demonstrate a sophisticated appreciation for an artistic uest that was haunted by.