Aleksandr Zinov’ev: Kommunizm kak real’nost’ [The Reality of Communism]

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Kommunizm kak real'nost', published in 1981 and translated as The Reality of Communism, 1984, is a collection of over one hundred essays on various aspects of Soviet reality which Zinov'ev, however, presents as a theory of Communism as such, quite unperturbed by such questions as whether the Soviet Union would not be better described as a system of “state capitalism”, whether the Soviet Union could really be described as socialist, never mind Communist, etc. It is the first of four such volumes of essays, all of them prompted by what (in the 1980s) he perceived to be Western incomprehension of Soviet reality and the threat which Communism posed to mankind. This book is at once a culmination and …

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Kirkwood, Michael. "Kommunizm kak real’nost’". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 May 2009
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