Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko is a Soviet and Russian poet. He is also a novelist, essayist, dramatist, screenwriter, actor, editor, and a director of several films.
Yevtushenko was born Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Gangnus (later he took his mother's last name, Yevtushenko) in the Irkutsk region of Siberia in a small town called Zima Junction on 18 July 1933 to a peasant family of mixed Russian, Ukrainian and Tatar heritage, "His great-grandfather, Joseph Yevtushenko, a suspected subversive, was exiled to Siberia after the 1881 assassination of Emperor Alexander II and died en route. Both of Yevtushenko's grandfathers were arrested during Stalin's purges as ... more »
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''In my blood there is no Jewish blood.Yevgeny Yevtushenko (b. 1933), Russian poet. "Babi Yar," (1961), trans. by George Reavey. last lines of the poem which described the massacre of 9...
In their callous rage, all antisemites must hate me now as a Jew.
For that reason I am a true Russian.''
''Give me a mysteryjust a plain and simple onea mystery which is diffidence and silence, a slim little, barefoot mystery: give me a mysteryjust one!''Yevgeny Yevtushenko (b. 1933), Russian poet. "Mysteries," st. 10 (1960), trans. by Dimitri Obolensky (1965).
''In any man who dies there dies with him,Yevgeny Yevtushenko (b. 1933), Russian poet. People.
his first snow and kiss and fight ...
Not people die but worlds die in them.''
''Why is it that right-wing bastards always stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity, while liberals fall out among themselves?''Yevgeny Yevtushenko (b. 1933), Russian poet. Quoted in Observer (London, December 15, 1991).
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