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Cold warriors : writers who waged the literary cold war / Duncan White.

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  • ISBN: 9780062449818
  • ISBN: 0062449818
  • Physical Description: xi, 782 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Custom House/HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 697-754) and index.
Spain: Orwell & Koestler, 1937 -- Trials: Babel, McCarthy, 1934-39 -- WAR: Philby, Greene, Hemingway, Orwell & Koestler, 1934-45 -- Division: Orwell, McCarthy, Akhamatova, Koestler, Fast, Spender & Philby, 1945-57 -- Escalation: Greene, Solzhenitsyn, Wright, Pasternak, 1950-60 -- CRISIS: Greene, LeCarré, 1957-63 -- Reckoning: Sinyavsky, Spender, McCarthy, 1964-72 -- Unraveling: Solzhenitsyn, Belli, Havel, 1968-91.
Summary, etc.:
"A brilliant, invigorating account of the great writers on both sides of the Iron Curtain who played the dangerous games of espionage, dissidence and subversion that changed the course of the Cold War. During the Cold War, literature was both sword and noose. Novels, essays and poems could win the hearts and minds of those caught between the competing creeds of capitalism and communism. They could also lead to exile, imprisonment or execution if they offended those in power. The clandestine intelligence services of the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union had secret agents and vast propaganda networks devoted to literary warfare. But the battles were personal, too: friends turning on each other, lovers cleaved by political fissures, artists undermined by inadvertent complicities. In Cold Warriors, Harvard University's Duncan White vividly chronicles how this ferocious intellectual struggle was waged on both sides of the Iron Curtain. The book has at its heart five major writers--George Orwell, Stephen Spender, Mary McCarthy, Graham Greene and Andrei Sinyavsky--but the full cast includes a dazzling array of giants, among them Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, John le Carré, Richard Wright, Ernest Hemingway, Boris Pasternak, Gioconda Belli, Arthur Koestler, Vaclav Havel, Joan Didion, Isaac Babel, Howard Fast, Lillian Hellman, Mikhail Sholokhov --and scores more. Spanning decades and continents and spectacularly meshing gripping narrative with perceptive literary detective work, Cold Warriors is a welcome reminder that, at a moment when ignorance is celebrated and reading seen as increasingly irrelevant, writers and books can change the world."--Amazon.
Subject: Politics and literature.
Cold War in literature.
Espionage in literature.
Literature, Modern > 20th century > History and criticism.
Authors > 20th century > Biography.
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General.
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 20th Century.
Genre: Biographies.
Literary criticism.

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