Andrei Voznesensky

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  • Michael Pushkin (University of Birmingham)

Andrei Voznesensky is one of the best known, yet most controversial, of the poets of post-Stalinist Russia. His career as a writer of poetry began in Boris Pasternak’s circle after War War Two, when he was in his mid-teens, and as a published poet in the late 1950s. He is seen as one of the most characteristic liberal representatives of the post-Stalin “Thaw” (See separate entry), publicly insulted by Khrushchev in the Kremlin in 1963. Yet his oppositional credentials have been disputed throughout his career by more thoroughgoing opponents of the Soviet regime, who have seen him as an equivocating “official poet”. He once referred to himself as “a tightrope-walker without a safety-net”.

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Pushkin, Michael. "Andrei Voznesensky". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2005
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