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Cogs In The Wheel: The Formation Of Soviet Man
Cogs In The Wheel: The Formation Of Soviet Man
By Mikhail Heller
Knopf, 1988, 282 pp

Seventy years of Soviet history seen through the effort to create homo sovieticus, the new Soviet man. In pursuing this theme, Heller, an emigré from the U.S.S.R. now living in Paris, draws a devastating picture of the Soviet political system, which he sees as basically unchanged through the years despite the transitions in the top leadership; Gorbachev's campaign for reform has its parallels in the slogans of all his predecessors, including Stalin. New Soviet man, if he exists, is still unable to adapt to the demands of the scientific-technological revolution of today; hence Gorbachev's insoluble dilemma.