Yevgeny Yevtushenko

(18 July 1933 / Zima Junction, Siberia)

Yevgeny Yevtushenko
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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.

Early life

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.
    In their callous rage, all antisemites must hate me now as a Jew.
    For that reason I am a true Russian.''
    Yevgeny Yevtushenko (b. 1933), Russian poet. "Babi Yar," (1961), trans. by George Reavey. last lines of the poem which described the massacre of 9...
  • ''Give me a mystery—just a plain and simple one—a mystery which is diffidence and silence, a slim little, barefoot mystery: give me a mystery—just 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,
    his first snow and kiss and fight ...
    Not people die but worlds die in them.''
    Yevgeny Yevtushenko (b. 1933), Russian poet. People.
  • ''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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