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The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book

The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book - Peter Finn, Petra Couvee I got this out of the library based on an LA Times review, I think, and expected a caper thriller about the CIA publishing and distributing Zhivago in the USSR. That's the selling point, but it has very little to do with this book. As a thorough history of the writing and publication of Zhivago, and of the last 20 years of Pasternak's life, and suppression of the arts in the former Soviet Union, it's great, and probably good history, but exciting it's not. I'm swearing off non-fiction again—too dull.