This is a fictionalised account of the banning of Boris Pasternak’s novel, Dr Zhivago, by the USSR and the CIA’s decision to publish this work clandestinely, as a way of letting Russian citizens know what is being kept from them in both information and literature.
Two female spies are instrumental in smuggling the manuscript out of the USSR and into the hands of Italian publishers. Their own love story is skilfully interwoven into the main tale.
But perhaps most of all, this is the story of Pasternak’s, muse and lover, Olga Ivinskaya. Olga supports and remains loyal to Pasternak despite terms in a labour camp and prison. This is an enthralling read.