Zhivago's Secret Journey

Zhivago's Secret Journey

From Typescript to Book

Author: Paolo Mancosu
ISBN: 978-0-8179-1964-1
Publication Date: 9/1/2016
Pages: 304

Paolo Mancosu continues an investigation he began in his 2013 book Inside the Zhivago Storm, which the New York Review of Books described as "a tour de force of literary detection worthy of a scholarly Sherlock Holmes". In this book Mancosu extends his detective work by reconstructing the network of contacts that helped Pasternak smuggle the typescripts of Doctor Zhivago outside the Soviet Union and following the vicissitudes of the typescripts when they arrived in the West.

Mancosu draws on a wealth of firsthand sources to piece together the long-standing mysteries surrounding the many different typescripts that played a role in the publication of Doctor Zhivago, thereby solving the problem of which typescript served as the basis of the first Russian edition: a pirate publication covertly orchestrated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He also offers a new perspective, aided by the recently declassified CIA documents, by narrowing the focus as to who might have passed the typescript to the CIA. In the process, Mancosu reveals details of events that were treated as top secret by all those involved, vividly recounting the history of the publication of Pasternak’s epic work with all its human and political ramifications.

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Paolo Mancosu

Paolo Mancosu is Willis S. and Marion Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of numerous articles and books on logic and the philosophy of mathematics. He is also the author of Inside the Zhivago Storm: The Editorial Adventures of Pasternak's Masterpiece (Milan: Feltrinelli, 2013) and Smugglers, Rebels, Pirates: Itineraries in the Publishing History of Doctor Zhivago (Stanford: Hoover Press, 2015). During his career he has taught at Stanford, Oxford, and Yale. He has been a fellow of the Humboldt Stiftung, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and the Institut d'Études Avancées in Paris. He has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.

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Abbreviations and Archives
Chapter 1: Early Smugglings
Chapter 2: D’Angelo and Feltrinelli
Chapter 3: The Polish Harbinger
Chapter 4: Berlin, Katkov, and Collins Publishers
Chapter 5: Doctor Zhivago Arrives in Oxford
Chapter 6: The Novel Makes the Rounds
Chapter 7: November 1956: The Hungarian Watershed
Chapter 8: Hélène Peltier
Chapter 9: Pasternak’s Ruse
Chapter 10: Pasternak, Susana Soca, and Hélène Peltier
Chapter 11: Katkov and Peltier
Chapter 12: Gallimard and Jacqueline de Proyart
Chapter 13: Publication in Poland, Italy, France, England, and the United States
Chapter 14: The Mouton Edition of the Russian Text
Chapter 15: The CIA, MI6, and the Origin of the Microfilm Received by the CIA
Chapter 16: A Comparative Analysis of the Typescripts with the Mouton Edition
Chapter 17: The Russian Text and the BBC Broadcasting
Chapter 18: Whodunnit?
Documentary Appendix
About the Author

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