Book Discussion on The Zhivago Affair

Peter Finn talked about his book, The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book, in which he looks at the… read more

Peter Finn talked about his book, The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book, in which he looks at the publishing history of Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago. The manuscript of the book, which was banned in the Soviet Union because of its critical depiction of the 1917 Revolution, was smuggled out of the country in 1956 and published widely around the world. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), recognizing the ideological value of the book, published a Russian-language version and smuggled it back into the Soviet Union, where it was sold on the black market and became an underground hit. This event was hosted by the Association of Former Intelligence Officers in McLean, Virginia. close

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Book Discussion on The Zhivago Affair

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Public Affairs Event
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McLean, Virginia, United States
First Aired:
Aug 10, 2014
Last Aired:
Sep 22, 2014

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  • Aug 10, 2014 | 3:46pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Aug 31, 2014 | 11:34pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Sep 22, 2014 | 5:44am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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