Monday, January 15, 2007

CIA Plot for Dr. Zhivago

Here is a very interesting story of how the CIA (US) arranged for Boris Pasternak's Dr. Zhivago to be copied after forcing a plane carrying a copy of it to land. The plane was held for two hours while the CIA photographed each page. While this reads like something out of a James Bond novel, it highlights how the CIA went out of its way to try to embarrass the Kremlin. The novel was then submitted for consideration for the 1958 Nobel Prize in Literature which it went on to win.

Was it worthy of a prize? Only the reader knows for sure.

Unfortunately, the author had to decline the award.

According to a news story from 2004, the entire works of Pasternak were to be published in his home country for the first time, after being banned for over 30 years.

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