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Памяти Александра Зиновьева. «С чего начинается Родина?»: история России в зеркале питейной культуры

С. 250-259.

The Book Of Alexander Alexandrovich Zinoviev "Veselie Rusi. Scenes from the life of Russian Drunks", published in Milan in the distant perestroika 1989, is dedicated to the ordinary Soviet drunkard. The book, in addition to poems, contains 30 cartoons covering the life path from birth to death. But the product is not so much about the drunk, but about Soviet life in General. Zinoviev in the photographic image the underside of Soviet life. With his usual irony he sees in drunkenness the way "not to see the abomination being". The author proposes a new formula of Soviet reality: "Soviet power + party = drinking". On imposed on top of the principles and rules of the hostel drinking the population answered in the language of the "culture of laughter." This language is very subtly captured and decoded Alexander, turning his work into an illustrated "encyclopedia" of Soviet reality in General, and drunkenness in particular.