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Full of clandestine cross-border flights, double crossings, arrests, internments and interrogations, here is an icy age of history and the role of literature in the Cold War. Richly populated with spies and journalists, protest and propaganda, idealism and betrayal, Duncan White explores the ways in which authors were harnessed by both the East and West to impose maximum damage on the opposition. With a cast that includes George Orwell, Arthur Koestler, Graham Greene, Boris Pasternak, Andrei Sinyavsky, Mary McCarthy in New York City 1936, Spender in Madrid and London 1937, Philby in Córdoba, Cambridge, Vienna and London 1934-42, Hemingway in Paris, Greene in Havana 1957-63, and John Le Carré in Berlin 1961 among them. We are taken from Barcelona and Malaga, Valencia and Seville to Moscow, London, St Albans, Leningrad, Jura, Vietnam, Accra, Prague, Saigon and Hanoi, Frankfurt and Washington in a narrative history over the minds and hearts of people. In those days and in this arena the pen really was mightier than the sword. There are harrowing details in trenches, prisons and Congress, in a scholarly and engrossing epic sweep and sparkling writing. A monumental 736 pages. Photos.

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