Foreign News: Pasternak's Way

The most remarkable Russian novel of the 20th century has been translated into 18 languages, but it is a book without a country. Last week its author, Novelist-Poet Boris Pasternak, 68, received the 1958 Nobel Prize for Literature† for his lyric poetry and for Doctor Zhivago (TIME, Sept. 15), the novel about Russia's terrible years that no Russian may read.

To the Soviet culture commissars, who refused to publish the book—a bestseller in the U.S. and Europe—the highest honor in the literary world came as a dastardly capitalist insult, and they promptly went into one of their vitriolic temper tantrums. The Moscow...

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