Boris Pasternak the Russian poet was pressurized into turning down his Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958 and this prompted the American war cartoonist and artist Bill Maudlin (1921-2003)to create this cartoon, which in a way is dedicated to all the Zeks in the Gulag too. See
‘I won the Nobel Prize for Literature. What was your crime?’
Boris Pasternak: See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Pasternak
Personal Footnote: In 1971 I briefly met Boris Pasternak’s sister Lydia Pasternak Slater, in Oxford England. It is fine to be only one degree of separation from him….