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The work of Russia’s best-known post-Stalin poet

YEVGENY YEVTUSHENKO blazed a trail for a generation of Soviet poets, leading Russia to new heights of artistic achievement in the twentieth century. With a confident poetic voice that moves effortlessly between social and personal themes, he describes his idyllic childhood in Serbia, his impressions of home after a long absence in Moscow, his joy upon discovering the unexpected in a lover, his chance meeting with Hemingway in ...

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Overview

The work of Russia’s best-known post-Stalin poet

YEVGENY YEVTUSHENKO blazed a trail for a generation of Soviet poets, leading Russia to new heights of artistic achievement in the twentieth century. With a confident poetic voice that moves effortlessly between social and personal themes, he describes his idyllic childhood in Serbia, his impressions of home after a long absence in Moscow, his joy upon discovering the unexpected in a lover, his chance meeting with Hemingway in Copenhagen, and his impressions of war, rendered with immediacy and vigor in these pages.

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Editorial Reviews

Economist
A literary colossus.
The Economist
A literary colossus.
Time
The Soviet superbard.
The Daily Telegraph
These poems beat and tumble and thrash with life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140424775
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/26/2008
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,009,162
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Yevgeny Yevtushenko (b.1933) is a Russian poet, essayist, dramatist, screenwriter, and actor. He is credited with originating the policy of perestroika and continues to speak out against political abuses in Russia.

Robin Milner-Gulland is a professor of Russian and Eastern European studies at the University of Sussex.

Peter Levi (1931—2000) was a professor of poetry at Oxford.

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Lies Telling lies to the young is wrong Proving to them that lies are true is wrong.
Telling them that God's in his heaven and all's well with the world is wrong.
The young people know what you mean. The young are people.
Tell them the difficulties can't be counted,
and let them see not only what will be but see with clarity these present times.
Say obstacles exist they must encounter sorrow happens, hardship happens.
The hell with it. Who never knew the price of happiness will not be happy.
Forgive no error you recognize,
it will repeat itself, increase,
and afterward our pupils will not forgive in us what we forgave.

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Table of Contents

Zima Junction 19

Lies 52

Visit 53

Waking 55

The Companion 57

Weddings 59

On a Bicycle 61

Later 64

In Georgia 65

Waiting 67

The Knights 68

Schoolmaster 69

Birthday 71

Party Card 72

Murder! 74

Koshueti 76

Colours 77

Gentleness 78

Encounter 79

Talk 81

Babiy Yar 82

People 85

Notes on the Poems 87

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