On Being a Literary Intermediary

Carlisle, Olga
December 1985
North American Review;Dec85, Vol. 270 Issue 4, p71
This article presents the author's experience of going to Soviet Union to interview the Russian poet Boris Pasternak. It all had been Harold Humes' idea. An adventuresome, imaginative man, Humes was acquainted with my father, a Russian poet living as an emigré. My father had known Pasternak in Berlin in the twenties. He and my mother had called on the poet in 1957, on their first visit to Soviet Union in almost thirty years. The five weeks I spent in Soviet Union were filled with recognitions. Books I had read made Moscow and Leningrad familiar to me at once, and a sense of déjà vu would not leave me: a yet undiscovered part of me had come home for the first time.


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