Evgenii Evtushenko

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(4173) Evtushenko Evgenii (1932-).

“Dialogue avec Khrushchev” (about the poem “Babii Yar”, anti-semitism and abstract painting).
Original typescript, 2 looseleaf sheets typed recto only.

“Babii Yar”
Original typescript, 3 looseleaf sheets typed and numbered to recto only, marked “Literaturnaia Gazeta”, 19 septembre 1961. In 1969 this samizdat became part of the collection belonging to Rafael Sokolovskii.

“Eseninu” (to Esenin)
2 looseleaf sheets typed and numbered recto. Paper in three different formats. Samizdat dated 1965.

Evtushenko’s celebrated manifesto “Poet v Rossii bol’she, chem poet” (In Russia the Poet is more than Just a Poet) gives us much on the poets character and passed into common parlance. His celebrity was owed not only to the simplicity of his verse but also to the frequent scandals that surrounded him.
Continuing in the tradition of Maïakovskii, Evtushenko wanted to spear-head the post-Stalinist period but his immense popularity and stature met with continued official resistance. Several of his publications were considered to be overtly defiant to the ruling powers, among them; “Babii iar” (1961), “Pis’mo Eseninu” (1965) et “Tanki idut po Prage” (1968) (Tanks crossing Prague). Despite official interference Evtushenko continued publishing and travelling throughout Russia and abroad. He also published in the Soviet opposition reviews “Iunost'”, “Novyi Mir”, “Znamia” and gave public support to Soviet dissidents like Brodskii, Solzhenitsyn and Iuli Daniel. However certain whispers, which might have been themselves a manipulation of a different kind, made the rounds suggesting that Evtushenko was a secret collaborator for the KGB as an agent of influence…
Whether considering “Dialogue” or “Babi Yar” these samizdat texts are known for having grave consequences for those in possession of them during 1980-3. If the second is present in most collections, the first (“Dialogue”) is completely unknown until the published version of 1975.

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(4082) Evtushenko, Evgenii. “Pis’mo k Eseninu” (“Letter to Esenin”).

Original typescript, 2nd copy. 1 page printed recto verso. 30cm x 20,5cm. Samizdat dated 1965.

Known for being one of Evtushenko’s strongest overt challenges to the ruling powers, “Pis’mo k Eseninu” is almost certainly the only work by Evtushenko to be circulated by samizdat as of 1965, see the following link: http://antology.igrunov.ru/authors/evtush/esenin.html

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