Russia: The Man with Olena's Legs

After seven months in official disgrace, Soviet Poet Evgeny Evtushenko was back in print last week. Spread over five pages of the Communist literary monthly Yunost (Youth) were four poems by the embattled hero of Russia's younger generation, along with a photograph of the rebel in bourgeois tie and jacket. There was some contrition in his latest lines, but there was defiance as well.

In Back Again at Zima Junction (Ev-tushenko's Siberian birthplace, which he recently revisited), Evtushenko concedes he was "unhorsed, honor nowhere near me" when he returned to Moscow from his...

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