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.


Paolo Mancosu's Books

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Moscow Has Ears Everywhere

Author: Paolo Mancosu
ISBN: 978-0-8179-2244-3

Boris Pasternak’s conflict with the Soviet regime over the publication of Doctor Zhivago did not end when he won the Nobel Prize, or even when he died. Paolo Mancosu tells how Soviet pressure led Pasternak to seek out smuggled royalties for the book and how his “will” on behalf of his companion, Olga Ivinskaya, was intercepted by the KGB. After his death, she received some of the smuggled money, leading to her and her daughter being sentenced to eight and three years, respectively, in a labor camp. The “Ivinskaya case” became a cause célèbre in the West and Mancosu reveals how Western literary figures tried to win her freedom.

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Zhivago's Secret Journey

Author: Paolo Mancosu
ISBN: 978-0-8179-1964-1

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. Drawing from a rich trove of archival documents, Mancosu details 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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