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"Der Roman um den Roman": Pasternak, Feltrinelli, and the Publication of Doctor Zhivago

Referent: Prof. Paolo Mancosu | Moderation: Prof. Dr. Michael Hochgeschwender

29.04.2014 um 18:15 Uhr

Berkeley-Lecture im Rahmen der Forschungskooperation zwischen der UC Berkeley und der LMU.

Doctor Zhivago, the masterpiece that won Boris Pasternak the Nobel Prize in 1958, had its first worldwide edition in 1957 in Italian. In a letter to Kurt Wolff, Pasternak described the events surrounding the publication of Doctor Zhivago as "der Roman um den Roman". The main protagonists of this novel about the novel were Boris Pasternak and the publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli but the cast of characters included, among others, governments, political parties, secret services, and publishers. Exploiting previously untapped archival sources, in this talk Paolo Mancosu will discuss the relationship between Pasternak and Feltrinelli, the story of the Italian publication, and the pressure exercised on Feltrinelli by the Soviets and the Italian Communist Party to stop the publication of the novel in Italy and in other countries. In addition, he will describe the hidden roles of the KGB and the CIA in the vicissitudes of the novel’s publication both in Italian and in the original Russian language.

Paolo Mancosu ist Professor für Philosophie an der University of California in Berkeley. Derzeit hält er sich als Gastprofessor an der LMU auf.

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