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 objective of this publication to track the advance of his considering through a chronological research of his most crucial works.
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Many of them are stylistically neutral and fulfil no other but an explanatory function. Some of them are well-known, or allude to phrases which are well-known. ) diche sochetat' priiatnoe s poleznym (combine the pleasant with the useful), sotsial'no-postel'nye otnosheniia (socio-carnal relations) (VPR:74) is a refashioning of the common sotsial'no-bytovye otnosheniia (everyday social relations). Others, however, are reminiscent of Soviet newspaper headlines: rabotat' po udarnomy (to work in a Stakhanovite spirit) (ZhD 1:92), v tvorcheskom poiske (in creative search) (ZhD 1:108), uverennoi postup'iu (with confident step) (ZhD 1:109).
Soznanie (consciousness) and sanatoriia (sanatorium) and guboterapiia (cf. guba (military prison) and terapiia (therapy». Another area in which he is energetically inventive is that of proper names and toponyms. Many of his characters are simply given labels instead of names: Teacher, Sociologist, Toady, Creep, Party Member, etc. The word for 'member' in Russian (ehlen) can also refer to the male sexualorgan, thus the 'titles' Chlen and the diminutive form Chlenik carry an obvious connotation. Sometimes real people are satirised by allusion to their names.
It is, however, very funny, since the 'Russian' word kibernetika is unknown to many Russians and Zinoviev's coinage is a very plausible 'folk-Russian etymology'. More sinister examples are: soznatoriia (cf. soznanie (consciousness) and sanatoriia (sanatorium) and guboterapiia (cf. guba (military prison) and terapiia (therapy». Another area in which he is energetically inventive is that of proper names and toponyms. Many of his characters are simply given labels instead of names: Teacher, Sociologist, Toady, Creep, Party Member, etc.
Alexander Zinoviev: An Introduction to His Work by Michael Kirkwood