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 ebook to track the improvement of his pondering through a chronological research of his most crucial works.
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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).
As an example of this, the narrator informs us in sentence 6 that even more was spent on the Arabs without impoverishing the Soviet Union. In the final sentence the narrator expands this point and at the same time takes a side-swipe at the whole of Soviet foreign policy in the Middle East since the Arab-Israeli war of 1967, which included the expenditure of vast sums of money on the supply of arms to, and the financial support of, various Arab regimes - all for nothing, in the opinion of the narrator, since the Soviets in the end were kicked out of Egypt and their influence in the Middle East reduced virtually to zero.
Their eider daughter Polina hopes to follow a career in stage design. Their younger daughter Ksenia is already displaying the energy and mobility which one would expect in the offspring of such active parents. The fifth member of their family is their dog Sharik, who, according to his master, is endowed with human qualities. In the West, Zinoviev the arch-individualist has found privacy. It is perhaps typical of hirn that he should profess a yearning for his old collective! 2 Zinoviev's Style and Language In this chapter we analyse the way in which.