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The publication of Doctor Zhivago

München, 04/28/2014

In a lecture to be given at LMU’s Center for Advanced Studies, Professor Paolo Mancosu from the University of California at Berkeley will discuss the background to the publication of Boris Pasternak’s novel “Doctor Zhivago”.

On 29th April, 2014, Paolo Mancosu, Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley and currently Visiting Professor at LMU, will present a lecture entitled “The Novel About the Novel: Pasternak, Feltrinelli, and the Editorial Adventures of ‘Doctor Zhivago.’” The event takes place at LMU’s Center for Advanced Studies, and begins at 18.00.

In his lecture, Professor Mancosu reviews the background to the controversial and politically charged publication of Boris Pasternak’s novel, which first appeared abroad, in Italy in 1957. It was Pasternak himself who referred to the events that led up to the book’s publication as “a novel about a novel”. Paolo Mancosu’s lecture, however, not only deals with the contributions of the leading protagonists in the drama – the author and his Italian publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli – he also explores the roles of diverse governments, political parties and intelligence agencies.

The lecture forms part of “LMU-UCB Research in the Humanities”, a joint research program inaugurated by LMU and the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) in 2007. The strategic collaboration was set up to promote innovative forms of exchange and cooperation between researchers at the two universities. So far the venture has provided funding for visiting professorships, conferences, workshops and exchanges of doctoral students and post-docs. Professor Mancosu’s talk is the first in a new series of “Berkeley Lectures” to be given at the CAS.

Those wishing to attend are kindly requested to register in advance by sending an e-mail to: