Alexander Zinoviev as Writer and Thinker: An Assessment by Michael Kirkwood, Philip Hanson

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81. BI, p. 61. 82. , pp. 72, 86. 83. , p. 71. 84. MIZ, p. 147. 85. , p. 34. 86. , p. 36. 87. , p. 37. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. Arch Tait 88. 89. 90. 91. 92. 93. , p. 36. BI, p. 76. NSNRNB, p. 54. Ibid. NSNRNB, p. 55. Zinoviev wrote in May 1980, 'Each day of this year comes and goes like a personal insult. You feel submerged up to your chin in a boundless ocean of dirty water. You feel as if your body and soul were already being consumed by the bacteria of decay and the maggots, and yet still you clutch at moral precepts which have lost their force - the last remaining straw.

Ibid. 10. In his interview with George Urban, 'Portrait of a Dissident as a Soviet Man', Encounter, April and May 1984. The text of this interview was not shown to Zinoviev for checking before publication. See the Bibliography. 11. See the Bibliography. 12. Suslov died in office in January 1982 at the age of 79. 13. Curriculum vitae. 14. Nee Olga Mironovna Sorokina. Born 1945; graduated from Moscow University in the history of philosophy. 15. The Bibliography shows the considerable number of his works published in these years.

What conclusions readers draw from my books are their private affair. ' 46 On the other hand he has larger ambitions to alter the way people think about societies in general, and about Soviet society in particular. The problem of the Soviet way of life, he tells us, is a sociological problem. What is needed to understand it is neither an historical nor a comparative approach. 47 It is not enough to see facts as such. 'What is needed is a particular method of understanding these facts; what is needed is a new way of looking at the problem (razvorot mozgov), definite criteria for the selection, evaluation and juxtaposition of facts', the ability to judge phenomena within their overall social context.

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