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Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Russian poet
(born 1933)



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So on and on
we walked without thinking of rest
passing craters, passing fire,
under the rocking fire of '41
tottering crazy on its smoking columns.
-- The Companion.


Over Babiy Yar
There are no memorials.
The steep hillside like a rough inscription.
-- Babiy Yar.

Leaves -- we cannot have,
sky -- we cannot have,
But there is so much we can have --
to embrace tenderly in a darkened room.
-- Babiy Yar.

No Jewish blood runs among my blood,
but as I am as bitterly and hardly hated
to every anti-Semite
as if I were a Jew. By this
I am a Russian.
-- Babiy Yar.

Life is a rainbow which also includes black.
-- Yevgeny Yevtushenko, quoted in: Guardian, 11 August 1987


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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