Aleksandr Zinov'ev

Boris Lanin (Russian Academy of Education, Moscow)
Download PDF Add to Bookshelf Report an Error

Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Zinov'ev [Alexander Zinoviev] became a philosopher by education and academic career, but, after Stalin's death and the political events of the so-called Thaw, he started his career as a man of letters.

Zinov'ev was born in Pakhtina, a village not far from Chukhloma (Kostroma district), on 29th October 1922. He was the sixth of eleven children. When Zinov'ev entered school, he was already literate, and therefore started in the second grade. He could recall entire pages of textbooks, and very soon became a remarkable student. Reading and literature were his favourite school disciplines. He especially liked the works of Mikhail Lermontov, Victor Hugo, and Knut Hamsun; later his tastes included Aleksandr Griboedov, Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin, Nikolai Leskov and Anton

1558 words

Citation: Lanin, Boris. "Aleksandr Zinov'ev". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 February 2006 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=11696, accessed 25 July 2024.]

11696 Aleksandr Zinov'ev 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.