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Cold Warriors: Writers Who Waged the Literary Cold War

Cold Warriors: Writers Who Waged the Literary Cold War (Hardback)

By White, Duncan

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In this ground-breaking and fascinating book, Duncan White illuminates a period in history in which literature became one of the most potent of weapons, and its authors often the bravest of warriors: the Cold War.

ISBN 9781408707999
Barcode 9781408707999
Published 29 August 2019 by Little, Brown Book Group
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781408707999
ISBN-10 1408707993
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint Little, Brown
Publication Date 29 August 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By White, Duncan
Category Literary Studies: From C 1900 -
World History: Postwar, From C 1945 -
International Relations
Number of Pages 752
Dimensions Width: 160mm
Height: 236mm
Spine: 52mm
Weight 1,100g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Literature, Modern - History and criticism - 20th century, Cold War in literature, Literature and society - History - 20th century
NBS Text Literary Criticism
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 809.04
Catalogue Code 1008079

Description of this Book

In this age of 24-hour news coverage, where rallying cries are made on Twitter and wars are waged in cyberspace as much as on the ground, the idea of a novel as a weapon that can wield any power feels almost preposterous. The Cold War was a time when destruction was merely the press of a button away, but when the real battle between East and West was over the minds and hearts of their people. In this arena the pen really was mightier than the sword. This is a gripping, richly-populated history of spies and journalists, protest and propaganda, idealism and betrayal. And it is the story of how literature changed the course of the Cold War just as much as how Cold War would change the course of literature. Using hitherto classified security files and new archival research White explores the ways in which authors were harnessed by both East and West to impose maximum damage on the opposition; how writers played a pivotal role (sometimes consciously, often not) in the conflict; and how literature became something that was worth fighting and dying for. With a cast that includes George Orwell, Arthur Koestler, Graham Greene, Boris Pasternak, Andrei Sinyavsky, Mary McCarthy and John le Carre, and taking the reader from Spain to America to England and to Russia, this is narrative history at its most enthralling and most pertinent - pertinent because even if on the face of it there is a huge difference between 140 characters and 100,000 words, at the heart of both is the power of stories to change the fate of nations.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Both profound and profoundly important and as engaging as a gripping Cold War thriller * Kirkus *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Duncan White is a journalist and academic who combines his position as Lecturer in History and Literature at Harvard University with his role as a lead book reviewerand feature writer for the Telegraph. He is the author of Vladimir Nabokov: Late Modernism, the Cold War and the Literary Marketplace, editor of a collection ofessays on the life and work of Nabokov, and has established himself as a scholarly authority on mid-century American and Russian literature, with a particular focus on the Cold War. He moved to the United States in 2012 to join Wellesley College as a Newhouse Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer. At Wellesley he organised a lecture series on Cold War culture, featuring Pulitzer-winners Louis Menand and Anne Applebaum as guest speakers. Duncan is British and lives in Boston, Massachusetts.)

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