He garnered widespread praise, evoking comparisons with Rabelais, Hobbes, Swift and Voltaire in the West, and with the biting comic journalism of the midth-Century Russian writer, Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin. A decree revoking his Soviet citizenship was subsequently signed by Brezhnev. Condemned to permanent exile, Zinoviev now lives in Munich. Since coming to the West, Zinoviev has published at least a dozen volumes, including novels, essays, memoirs and poems.
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He garnered widespread praise, evoking comparisons with Rabelais, Hobbes, Swift and Voltaire in the West, and with the biting comic journalism of the midth-Century Russian writer, Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin. A decree revoking his Soviet citizenship was subsequently signed by Brezhnev. Condemned to permanent exile, Zinoviev now lives in Munich.
Since coming to the West, Zinoviev has published at least a dozen volumes, including novels, essays, memoirs and poems. Taken together, they form an astonishing meditation perhaps monologue would be more accurate on the nature and psychology of the Soviet state and the citizens who people it.
He settles in Munich, where he lives in a boardinghouse crammed with contentious Soviet emigres. He tells everyone he meets that he is a Soviet spy. No one believes him--least of all the Western counterintelligence agents who endlessly interrogate him. After all, who ever heard of a spy without a cover story? Zinoviev has written a diary of denunciation. He spares no one, including himself. Only the narrator remains nameless.
As an individual I have no face, no profile. Advertisement According to Zinoviev, the Bolshevik revolution has succeeded in creating a new man, Homo Sovieticus , or Homosos. He is a riddle, even for the author himself. He is a bundle of contradictions: at once envious and contemptuous, confident and fearful, pessimistic and hopeful, amoral and judgmental, cunning and stupid.
The state he serves also vacillates between extremes, feeling both omnipotent and racked by doubt. And the West, by inflating the insignificant doings of the dissidents to unbelievable dimensions, increases this disproportion even further.
The soul of the Homosos lies in his participation in collective life. I want to attend a Party meeting. I want to volunteer for work on my Saturday off. When I lived in the Soviet Union I dreamed of living in a democratic country. Now that I have lived in the West for a while I have swivelled my dreams round degrees. Now I dream of living in a good old police state in which leftist parties are forbidden, demonstrations are broken up and strikes suppressed. In a word, down with democracy!
I am an extreme reactionary marching in the van of extreme progress. It is the gravest disease that can afflict mankind because it reaches to the very essence of the human being.
He is in every man.
ALEXANDER ZINOVIEV HOMO SOVIETICUS PDF
Delirium of the grey mare — Bullshit " — to texts that could not be criticized. After the suspension of his publications, Zinoviev left the editorial board. In the fall of , he was fired from the post of head of the department of logic at Moscow State University. He openly made friends with the well-known dissident Alexander Esenin-Volpin , inviting him to seminars on logic, and with Ernst Neizvestny , who he often visited.
He is small in stature, yet powerfully built. Of artistic temperament, he has a razor-sharp analytical mind. An ardent individualist, he was always a conscientious member of his collective. His energy is phenomenal. In the course of his professional life he has written over two hundred books and articles on the logical structure of scientific language in an environment in which the non-scientific language of ideology was paramount.