Russia: Poet Under Fire

It is difficult to be a prophet with honor in one's own country, particularly if that country is the Soviet Union. Yet Poet Evgeny Evtushenko seemed born to the role when first he burst upon the Russian scene a decade ago. He was young, handsome and engaging. His luminous love lyrics signaled the new kind of poetry that was possible after the death of Stalin. Babi Yar was a courageous, impassioned protest against Russian antiSemitism. In The Heirs of Stalin, he made a frontal attack on Stalinists still active among the Soviet...

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