Alexander Zinoviev: An Introduction to His Work by Michael Kirkwood

By Michael Kirkwood

Zinoviev's dual subject matters are the character of Soviet communist society and the West's lack of ability to appreciate it. it's the goal of this ebook to track the advance of his considering through a chronological research of his most vital works.

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One can also feel sympathy for Zinoviev's family. The publication of Ziiaushchie vysoty had grave and lasting consequences for many of them. His son Valerii, for instance, who lived with his wife and daughter in Ulianovsk, was warned that if he did not break off contact publicly with his father he would lose his job and be expelled from the Party. He refused to do so, thereby cutting short a promising career in the militia. Zinoviev's daughter Tamara likewise refused to break off contact and was accordingly expelled from the Komsomol and sacked.

He was asked to write an article for Kommunist, the journal of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), but he refused, saying he did not know how to write such an article. Eventually he was offered the opportunity simply to put his name to someone else's screed. Again, he refused. He then either resigned from his position on the editorial board of Voprosy filosofii (Zinoviev, 1989a:332) orwas removed from it (Zinoviev, 1987b:l05). Of the two accounts, the first is perhaps the more accurate.

12 Articles on Zinoviev also appeared in a number of Leningrad and Moscow journals, the details of which need not concern us here. That year also saw the publication of some of Zinoviev's original works. An Estonian publishing house brought out an Estonian version of Zinoviev Gorhachevizm, aseries of articles on perestroika. In November and December Sovetskaia literatura serialised Zinoviev's hilarious Moi dom-moia chuzhbina, a work written entirely in verse. 13 The year 1991 saw the publication of Ziiaiushchie vysoty in 250,000 copies, an event which ec1ipsed the publication of other works, inc1uding Katastroika: Povest' 0 perestroike v Partgrade (Katastroika: A Tale oj Perestroika in Partgrad) which appeared in an Estonian translation, a volume containing Gomo sovetikus and Para hellum published by Moskovskii rabochii and the serialisation in Smena of his Idi na GolgojU.

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