Obituaries: ALEXANDER ZINOVIEV ; Writer Who Satirised the Soviet Regime and Spent Two Decades in Exile as a Result
Osborn, Andrew, The Independent (London, England)
The one-time Soviet dissident writer Alexander Zinoviev had a love-hate relationship with Soviet Communism that wrong-footed those who tried to pigeonhole him. Although famous for his satires of Soviet life in the 1970s, he later became disenchanted with post- Soviet democracy and called for a Communist revanche in order to restore Russia's great power status.
Indeed, like his near-contemporary Alexander Solzhenitsyn, he came to loathe Western-style materialism and as he got older increasingly believed that the West was plotting to undermine Russia.
His most famous work, Ziyayuschie Vysoty ("The Yawning Heights"), was a lengthy satire on life under the Soviet …
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