Inside the Leviathan

Ziyayushchiye vysoty (The Yawning Heights)

by Aleksandr Zinoviev
The Russian edition of this book appeared in Switzerland in August 1976. And what an odd title it has. The Russian verb ziyat—“to gape cavernously, to yawn”—is normally used with such words as chasm, gulf, abyss; while in official Russian sloganese, the word usually placed before “heights” is siyayushchiye (with …