Aleksandr Zinov’ev, Svetloe budushchee [The Radiant Future]

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When

Svetloe budushchee

[

The Radiant Future

] appeared in 1978, it did not have anything like the impact of

Ziiaiushchie vysoty

[

The Yawning Heights

], yet it was well received. One important critic thought that Zinov’ev had accomplished with this book a more difficult task more successfully than the task he had set himself in

Ziiaiushchie vysoty

. Another critic called it an “excellent introduction to Zinov’ev’s work”. In 1979 it received the Prix Medicis étranger. On the other hand, several critics condemned it as a “bad novel”, mainly on the grounds that it contains little or no character development.

Aleksandr Zinov’ev always maintained that Svetloe budushchee was a part of the original manuscript of Ziiaiushchie vysoty which was lost in transit. In its original form it

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Citation: Kirkwood, Michael. "Svetloe budushchee". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 July 2009 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=23581, accessed 22 June 2024.]

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