By Michael Kirkwood
Zinoviev's dual issues are the character of Soviet communist society and the West's lack of ability to appreciate it. it's the goal of this e-book to track the improvement of his considering through a chronological research of his most vital works.
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They eked out an existence by selling their possessions, books, clothes, odd items of furniture. Occasionally Zino- Homo Sovieticus 23 viev would 'ghost write' an article for money or even 'edit' someone's doctoral thesis. They received occasional financial help from readers, usually anonymously (Zinoviev, 1989 a:334). 3 On the other hand they were the permanent object of scrutiny by the KGB, subject to harassment, threats and false rumours. Everyone who came into contact with them suffered likewise.
First, it is an approximate phonetic rendering of the folk poet's nonRussian accent. (Zinoviev very often mocks so-called national poets who nevertheless write in Russian rather than in their own language, mainly for career reasons). Secondly, it recalls the Russian word vosh' ('louse'), and thereby underlines the total insignificance of provincial Soviet towns, yet simultaneously links this image to that of 'leader'. This duality of reference conjures up the pathetic spectacle of provincial backwaters seeking to curry favour by naming themselves after whichever Party boss is number one and the equally pathetic spectacle of Party leaders deriving an ego-boost from such a practice.
However, it is noteworthy that, even after leaving the Soviet Union, Zinoviev has continued to employ the same approach, convinced that it offers the best way of dealing with his subject matter. The texts need not necessarily always be read in the order in which they appear (although some critics tend to exaggerate the extent to which that is true). Many of them are interchangeable in the sense, for example, that certain texts in Ziiaiushchie vysoty could be interchanged with certain texts from V preddverii raia.
Alexander Zinoviev: An Introduction to His Work by Michael Kirkwood