The CIA tweeted a cryptic quote by Russian novelist Boris Pasternak, author of Doctor Zhivago.

Check it out below.

? ????? ????? ??? ????, ????? ?? ??? ????? ? ???????? ? ??? ???????? ???????????? ???? ???????? -?????????

— CIA (@CIA) January 15, 2015

The translation reads: "I wrote the novel in order for it to be published and read, and that remains only desire."

At first glance this looks like yet another twitter hack, but there's actually an incredible story behind this.

Books & periodicals were smuggled in by travelers & mailed in under the cover of various organizations. #Zhivago

— CIA (@CIA) January 15, 2015

The CIA was involved in smuggling books into countries, including the Soviet Union. One of these books was Doctor Zhivago.

After working on the novel on-and-off over the course of 20 plus years, Pasternak first submit the it for publication in 1956. However, the KGB rejected it and characterized it as "malicious libel."

Pasternak so desperately wanted the book to get out, that he gave several copies to people including Isaiah Berlin to take to England, Jacqueline de Proyart to take to France, George Katkov to take to England, and a young Italian jouranlist to take to Italy.

The novel ended up spending 6 months on the top of the New York Times best-seller list, and was a huge sensation around the world.

In 1957 — less than a month after it appeared in Italy — a "CIA memo cited an expert’s view that it was “more important than any other literature which has yet come out of the Soviet Bloc,” reports the New York Times book review.

But it still wasn't available in the USSR.

So the CIA had a secret plan to get the novel into the country. After many obstacles, they managed to get the novels published en masse and sent them over to be distributed at the Brussels International World Fair. They also gave copies to sailors bound for the Soviet Union.

Long story short: it worked

A CIA memo concluded that “this phase can be considered completed successfully,” according to the New York Times book review.

Pasternak won the Nobel Prize at the end of 1958 for his work, but was denounced by the head of the Komsomol as a "pig fouling its own sty." Pasternak was afraid of being deported, and rejected the prize.

If you want to read the whole crazy story of the CIA's secret involvement, head to the New York Times Book Review.

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