30 Jun 2014

Feature interview - The Zhivago Affair - Peter Finn

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 3:07 pm on 30 June 2014

Doctor Zhivago is a sweeping Russian novel about a poet and surgeon torn between his love for two women and struggling to retain his individualism in the tumultuous period between the Russian Revolution of 1905 and the Second World War. But the story of how the novel by Boris Pasternak got into the hands of Soviet citizens reads more like a spy novel. The details of the CIA's involvement have just come to light in a new book called 'The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle of a Forbidden Book'. It's written by scholar and translator of Russian literature Petra Couvee and Peter Finn, National Security editor and former Moscow bureau chief for the Washington Post.