TIL that Dr. Zhivago was rejected for publication within the USSR for its anti-soviet messages and was secretly translated and published in Italy. The book became world famous and the CIA helped with its popularisation, which led to Pasternak winning the Nobel in 1958 which he was forced to refuse.

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