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Doctor Zhivago] - PASTERNAK, Boris] - 1958. [1273538]
Feltrinelli Editore Milano 1958 - Large 8vo. Title, 356, [2] pp. Publisher's pale green paper-covered boards, spine and upper cover lettered in black. Without the original dust jacket. First Russian-language edition, famously published thanks to the CIA. Doctor Zhivago has an intriguing publishing history, which was revealed in full through recently declassified CIA files. Pasternak's only novel was deemed unfit for publication within the Soviet Union due to certain passages that were perceived as anti-Soviet. Fortunately for the author, a Milan publisher had received a copy of the manuscript from an Italian literary scout working in Moscow. In June 1956, Pasternak signed a contract with the publisher, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, who would resist all efforts by the Kremlin and the Italian Communist Party to suppress the book. In November 1957, an Italian-language edition of "Doctor Zhivago" was released. To win the Nobel Prize, however, the book needed to be published in the original language, and in 1958 Albert Camus had nominated Pasternak again. Although the Russian edition bears the name of the Italian publisher he had not printed it. It seems that the CIA copied the typescript at Malta airport and with the help of some émigrés in Paris published it. The CIA was subsequently heavily involved in disseminating the novel among Soviet tourists, as well as smuggling copies into the Soviet Union, making it a tool of anti-Soviet sentiments and Cold War politics. The Nobel Prize in Literature 1958 was awarded to Boris Pasternak "for his important achievement both in contemporary lyrical poetry and in the field of the great Russian epic tradition". The author first accepted the award, but was later forced by the authorities of his country to decline the prize. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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