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You know his work. You just don't know you know it. Tom Send a noteboard - 05/04/2017 03:56:28 AM

Every New Year's, when your parents used to put on Ирония Судьбы and make you watch it, you heard his poem at the beginning:

Со мною вот что происходит:
ко мне мой старый друг не ходит,
а ходят в мелкой суете
разнообразные не те.

They also somewhat butchered a lyric poem of his by turning it into a running joke in Забытая мелодия для флейты:

Весенней ночью думай обо мне,
И летней ночью думай обо мне,
Осенней ночью думай обо мне,
И зимней ночью думай обо мне, обо мне.

There are dozens of other poems of his that were turned into songs (just consult his Russian wikipedia page for a full listing; the most popular was certainly Хотят ли русские войны).

I would highly recommend reading all the authors of the Шестидесятники generation - Akhmadulina, Rozhdestvensky, Voznesensky, Yevtushenko and Aksyonov. Brodsky is a bit of an acquired taste but also worth reading, and of course Okudzhava and Vysotsky should be listened to.

Of course, I also got into some of the writers that don't fall into that generation but are more recent - Boris Vasilyev, Valentin Rasputin, Yuri Trifonov and Vasily Shukshin.

Not only that, but Russia still seems to be producing good writers even now, like Boris Yekimov, Vladimir Makanin, Yevgeni Grishkovets and Vasily Belov. Pelevin and Akunin are both a bit low brow but obviously popular.

Political correctness is the pettiest form of casuistry.

ἡ δὲ κἀκ τριῶν τρυπημάτων ἐργαζομένη ἐνεκάλει τῇ φύσει, δυσφορουμένη, ὅτι δὴ μὴ καὶ τοὺς τιτθοὺς αὐτῇ εὐρύτερον ἢ νῦν εἰσι τρυπώη, ὅπως καὶ ἄλλην ἐνταῦθα μίξιν ἐπιτεχνᾶσθαι δυνατὴ εἴη. – Procopius

Ummaka qinnassa nīk!

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Yevgeny Yevtushenko, influential Russian poet, has passed away - 03/04/2017 05:30:50 PM 2011 Views
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Non-Russians don't necessarily know they should be interested. - 04/04/2017 12:35:49 PM 494 Views
I must say, I don't think I'd heard of him before. - 04/04/2017 10:31:26 PM 543 Views
Poetry loses almost everything in translation. - 05/04/2017 04:05:34 AM 623 Views
You'd be able to name Pushkin too. - 05/04/2017 01:11:14 PM 621 Views
Don't get me started on Russian literature classes - 05/04/2017 04:10:04 AM 513 Views
Mine was similar. - 05/04/2017 01:17:59 PM 493 Views
I honestly don't know enough about him. - 04/04/2017 12:41:35 PM 503 Views
You know his work. You just don't know you know it. - 05/04/2017 03:56:28 AM 597 Views
This appears to be true. - 05/04/2017 01:22:49 PM 581 Views

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