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The Secrets We Kept

The Secrets We Kept

作者 : Lara Prescott

出版社 : Hutchinson

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定價 : NT 715

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冷戰前夕,文字形同武器。

 

蘇聯當時最知名的作家Boris Pasternak有一名紅粉知己Olga Ivinskaya,她卻無預警在莫斯科被逮捕了。當時蘇聯政府懷疑Pasternak正在寫一本名為《齊瓦哥醫生》的小說,其中批評了蘇聯的十月革命,因此對Pasternak施壓,並且把Olga給逮捕,讓她在集中營度過痛苦的三年歲月。

 

OlgaPastrnas重逢時,他已將《齊瓦哥醫生》完成,但蘇聯政府嚴令禁止出版,兩人的抗爭引起了遠在紐約的CIA的注意。

 

當時剛成立不久的CIA開始進行將蘇聯禁書暗中送回母國的計畫,他們想讓民眾知道,蘇聯政府將偉大的文學作品都掩蓋,而自由必須透過民主去爭取。聽聞Pasternak的故事後,便開始將《齊瓦哥醫生》的手稿帶回美國並且印製成冊、送回蘇聯的任務。

 

這個重責大任落在前美國戰略情報處的探員Sally Forrester和打字員 Irina Drozdova的身上,在SallyIrina之間醞釀的不只有進行任務的使命,還有更多難以說出口的感情。

 

這是一段關於愛、使命與犧牲的故事,以俄國知名的文學作品《齊瓦哥醫生》為靈感,精彩描寫了1959年代美國和蘇聯的緊張關係。


A banned masterpiece. Two female spies. A book that changed history.

A BANNED MASTERPIECE

1956. A celebrated Russian author is writing a book, Doctor Zhivago, which could spark dissent in the Soviet Union. The Soviets, afraid of its subversive power, ban it.

But in the rest of the world it’s fast becoming a sensation. 

TWO FEMALE SPIES

The CIA plans to use the book to tip the Cold War in its favour.

Their agents are not the usual spies, however. Two typists – the charming, experienced Sally and the talented novice Irina – are charged with the mission of a lifetime: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago back into Russia by any means necessary.

A BOOK THAT CHANGED HISTORY

It will not be easy. There are people willing to die for this book – and agents willing to kill for it. But they cannot fail - as this book has the power to change history.

Sold in twenty-five countries and poised to become a global literary sensation, Lara Prescott's dazzling first novel about the women in the CIA's typing pool and the fate of Boris Pasternak's banned masterpiece is a sweeping page turner and the most hotly anticipated debut of the year.


'What a fantastic novel The Secrets We Kept is. Thrilling, seductive and thoroughly compelling - Lara has created something really special. And it’s made me want to re-read Doctor Zhivago! I absolutely loved it!' SARAH WINMAN, author of TIN MAN

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Lara Prescott

Lara Prescott
Lara Prescott was named after the heroine of Doctor Zhivago and first discovered the true story behind the novel after the CIA declassified 99 documents pertaining to its role in the book’s publication and covert dissemination.

She travelled the world – from Moscow and Washington, to London and Paris – in the course of her research, becoming particularly interested in political repression in both the Soviet Union and United States and how, during the Cold War, both countries used literature as a weapon.

Lara earned her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband.

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