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The Story of Dr Zhivago

In 1957 the Soviet writer, Boris Pasternak, arranged for his great novel Dr Zhivago to be taken to the West, knowing that the Soviet authorities would refuse to publish it.

In September 1958 the first Russian-language edition of Boris Pasternak's famous novel Dr Zhivago was published - not in the Soviet Union, but in Europe. Pasternak had entrusted his novel to a handful of foreigners, after it became clear the Soviet authorities would refuse to publish it. We talk to the Italian journalist Sergio d'Angelo who first smuggled out the manuscript of Pasternak's last masterpiece and tells us how the Soviet authorities tried to get it back.

Photo: Boris Pasternak, the Russian poet and novelist, in 1946, Credit: Keystone/Getty Images

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