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Russian Poet Andrei Voznesensky Died.

Russian Poet Andrei Voznesensky Died.

Jun 3, 2010, 4:19 AM 2

Andrei Voznesensky

Voznesensky was one of several young Russian intellectuals whom Nikita Khrushchev invited to a reception hosted by the ruling Communist Party in December 1962.[4] Khrushchev scathingly remarked on Voznesensky at the ceremony: "Just look at this new Pasternak! You want to get a [foreign] passport tomorrow? You want it? And then go away, go to the dogs! Go, go there".[4] In 1963, his fame blossomed and he became "as popular as The Beatles" after Khruschev publicly and falsely branded him a pervert.


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Andrei Voznesensky

Andrei Voznesensky at the Miami Book Fair International of 1990
Born Andrei Andreyevich Voznesensky
May 12, 1933(1933-05-12)
Soviet Union
Died June 1, 2010 (aged 77)
Occupation Poet and writers
Period 1958–2010
Notable work(s) The Triangular Pear, Antiworlds, Stained-glass Master, Violoncello Oakleaf, Videoms and Fortune Telling by the Book

Andrei Andreyevich Voznesensky (Russian: Андре́й Андре́евич Вознесе́нский, May 12, 1933 – June 1, 2010) was a Soviet and Russian poet and writer who had been referred to by Robert Lowell as "one of the greatest living poets in any language". He was one of the "Children of the '60s", a new wave of iconic Russian intellectuals liberated by the Khrushchev Thaw.[1]

Voznesensky was considered "one of the most daring writers of the Soviet era" but his style often led to regular criticism from his contemporaries and he was once threatened with expulsion by Nikita Khrushchev.[2] He performed poetry readings in front of sold-out stadiums around the world,[2] and was much admired for his skilled delivery.[3] Some of his poetry was translated into English by W. H. Auden. Voznesenky's long-serving mentor and muse was Boris Pasternak,[3] the Nobel Laureate and the author of Doctor Zhivago.

Before his death, he was both critically and popularly proclaimed "a living classic",[4] and "an icon of Soviet intellectuals".[5]



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