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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Zlnoviev Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Yawning Heights by Aleksandr Zinoviev. Lesser characters are more difficult to figure out. Ibansk roughly translates into English as ‘Screw Town of or for all Ivans’.

Their political religion is called the Ism which is short for Soc-ismand nobody really believes in it. When it was written the book was essentially a superlative description of the Soviet Union. Hardcover1st UK Editionalexanddre. Published by Bodley Head first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Yawning Heightsplease sign up.

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The Yawning Heights is one of those intellectual books that are much more talked about than read. Everything that happens in the book happens in the only really existing Soviet dystopia Ibansk which to the Russian ear sounds somewhat like Fockington …before the war the Development Authority assigned the building to two organizations at the same time, the Air Club and the Meat and Milk Combine.

This dual assignment brought on conflicts and feuding. The officials of each organization put together a The Yawning Heights is one of those intellectual books that are much more talked about than read. The officials of each organization put together a file on the other, and both groups were arrested.

Soon the raw material gave out for one of the feuding organizations, and so the conflict was resolved in perfect correspondence with the dialectic. The philosopher Ibanov, in his book Unity and the Struggle of Opposites in the Ibansk Development and Its Surroundingscommented on this situation as a typical illustration of the fact that with ziinoviev, unlike those abroad, contradictions do not turn into antagonisms, but are resolved simply by being surmounted.

The book painstakingly portrays all the aspects of absurd existence in the Soviet dystopia and it may be considered as the exhaustive treatise on the philosophy of meanness. And then a special kind of society is brought into being, in which hypocrisy, oppression, corruption, waste, irresponsibility individual and collectiveshoddy work, boorishness, idleness, disinformation, deceitfulness, drabness, bureaucratic privilege, all flourish.


These societies betray a distorted evaluation of personality — nonentities are elevated to great heights, exceptional people are debased. The most moral citizens are subjected to persecution, the most talented and efficient are reduced to the lowest common denominator of mediocrity and muddle.

The universal meanness is ubiquitous and the laws of meanness are universal. Some satirists point lean and mean heat-seeking missiles at their targets and annihilate them with the sharpness of their wit and erudition. Others, such as Mr. The book loses steam into its final third I read up to p. Let the power of this epic satire rise and ascend to the pantheon! E lo fa nell’unica maniera possibile: La satira di Zinov’ev porta poi un grandissimo presupposto: Affrontare ” Cime abissali ” senza tener conto di questo presupposto sarebbe come per uno straniero voler capire la satira italiana conoscendo a malapena il nome di Berlusconi: Per il resto rimane un libro imperdibile per gli appassionati della cultura russa dell’ultimo secolo: Entrambi i libri parlano sotto metafora dell’organizzazione russa, esaltandone grottescamente determinate caratteristiche per farne capire quanto poco fossero logici i presupposti e gli obiettivi.

Eppure, fra i due, mi verrebbe da consigliare a un profano la lettura di ” Cevengur ” prima di ” Cime abissali “: View all 4 comments. Nov 09, Ben rated it really liked it. Very dense work, but fascinating to weave your way through. A unique and pioneering work, it is best viewed as a ‘sociological novel’. There are no characters per say – their names are essentially social categories, i.

Clever puns and wordplay – the translator did an admirable job. Overall, a fascinating – and wickedly humourous evaluation of Brezhnev era Russia and the postwar generation.

Definitely not for everyone, but the experimental nature of Very dense work, but fascinating to weave your way through. Definitely not for everyone, but the experimental nature of the book makes it worth investigating for the general reader.

Aug 12, Wreade rated it really liked it Shelves: And this does not merely affect cultural life. It alexajdre every important aspect of life. Have you seen today’s Newpaper? I thought it might be smaller on the inside alexande it had a decent sized font and margins but its actually bigger on the inside.

Made up of small chunks of genuine sociology, little scenes of life a aalexandre aim is to distort judgements and divert public attention to trivia. Made up of small chunks of genuine sociology, little scenes of life and a ton of satire.

Alexandre Zinoviev, 1961-2005

Most pieces are only a page or two with maybe some extensions to 4 or 5 pages towards the end. If i arbitrarily divide it in 4, the first quarter is the funniest and lightest. A perfect blend of high and low-brow humour mostly revolving around the building of a latrine. The second quarter is the hardest, a lot of heavy sociology although most is given a dumbed down explanation or examples aswell.

The third part zinovviev the most personal. It made me wonder who the people behind the satire really were and made me miss the fact that i know so little about soviet russia. The last quarter is the darkest. Dealing with the most brutal aspects of communism aswell as projecting into a future where the great Ism has taken over the world, hence my putting it on my dystopia shelf.


Having divided it in 4 let me go back and say that those are only the broad outlines and theres a constant intermixing of comic sketches and deep thoughts. Reminded me of Dilbert: Dilbert, if your boss could also sinoviev you killed: Its a LOT and really depressing ;but i’m still giving it 4 stars, which is worth a lot more than 4 stars spread over pages: The scientist who’s in control?

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The footballer who scores a goal? Must we on them rely? Alas, there is no other choice. The fairy tale has died, Alezandre heroes vanished, stilled their voice, There’s nothing left beside. Jun 19, Rob rated it it was amazing. Never read anything quite like this. The book evokes the madness of the Communist regime, drawing you into it so that you alexandrr it from the aexandre, rather than describing it from a detached standpoint. It is not an easy read by any means, but it is well worth your effort.

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Zinoviev was born in the middle of a family of 11 to a carpenter father and peasant mother in the village of Pakhtino, in the Kostroma region of central Russia.