Я писал роман для того, чтобы он был издан и прочитан и это остаётся единственным моим желанием -Пастернак— CIA (@CIA)1421339430.0
To what does the above message from the CIA's twitter account translate?
"I wrote the novel in order for it to be published and read, and that remains my only desire."
That quote comes from author Boris Pasternak, and concerns his famous 20th century novel, "Doctor Zhivago."
The CIA tweeted out Pasternak's words in connection with an event being held today titled "Marshall Plan for the Mind," focusing on the efforts of the CIA to undermine Communism in the war of ideas through covertly funneling subversive books like "Doctor Zhivago" into the hands of Soviet citizens.
This CIA operation is recounted in a recent book, "The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book," of which you can read more about here.
In subsequent tweets, the CIA provided the cliff notes to its ideological warfare operations against Communism:
CIA’s book program kept a critical mass of intellectuals in the Soviet Bloc informed about the values & culture of the free world. #Zhivago— CIA (@CIA)1421341324.0
Books & periodicals were smuggled in by travelers & mailed in under the cover of various organizations. #Zhivago— CIA (@CIA)1421342202.0
1958: Our book program arranged to publish the 1st Russian-language edition of Pasternak’s Doctor #Zhivago – a book banned in the USSR.— CIA (@CIA)1421343057.0
Doctor #Zhivago was censored in the USSR as it was anti-Soviet. http://t.co/H53Izrp019 (58KB PDF)— CIA (@CIA)1421344055.0
Printed in the Netherlands, 365 copies were distributed to Soviet visitors at the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels. #Zhivago— CIA (@CIA)1421344891.0
Eventually, 1000s were distributed throughout the Soviet Bloc. #Zhivago http://t.co/a5O73oqFEH (161KB PDF) http://t.co/2mvVwdFUUX— CIA (@CIA)1421345947.0
Pasternak won the 1958 Nobel Prize for Literature, the popularity of his novel skyrocketed & his plight received global attention. #Zhivago— CIA (@CIA)1421346761.0
1959: We funded pub of mini books to be mailed or concealed in a jacket pocket. #Zhivago http://t.co/bIteoYTYAO http://t.co/OlRbsdKcE4— CIA (@CIA)1421348096.0
Check out 99 documents CIA declassified which describe our role publishing Pasternak’s epic novel, Doctor #Zhivago http://t.co/O3ofKzfPnm— CIA (@CIA)1421349401.0