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

(2517 words)

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 …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Kirkwood, Michael. "Kommunizm kak real’nost’". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 May 2009
[, accessed 30 September 2016.]