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By D. Littman on 06-27-14
Would you listen to The Zhivago Affair again? Why?
Yes eventually. Very moving history book.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
In the latter portion of the book, when Pasternak, his family & his mistress family were being unjustly persecuted by the Soviet state & it's corrupt literary hierarchy I got very mad.
Any additional comments?
Just a terrific book of political & literary history. Very moving & impossible to put down.
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By KathrynVB on 10-16-14
Read this to understand Doctor Zhivago and Russia
I remember reading in the 1960s that there was great drama in the publishing of Doctor Zhivago in the west, and in Boris Pasternak being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. This is the story of that drama. "The Zhivago Affair" will give you a better understanding of the times and how difficult it was for Pasternak to publish an honest book about Russia in the early days of the USSR. We can only dimly imagine how fraught with terror were the lives of Russian intellectuals. This is a wonderful history of the author, the book he wrote, and the consequences of its publication.
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