In the U.S. city of Tulsa began a farewell to Yevgeny Yevtushenko
NEW YORK, April 6. /Offset. TASS Natalia Slavina/. Farewell ceremony with the poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko began in the American city of Tulsa (Oklahoma). As reported on Wednesday, the correspondent of TASS friend of the family of the late Mikhail Morgulis, for the ceremony, which takes place in the heart of the arts “Lorton” at the University of Tulsa, “brought together hundreds and hundreds of people”.
“People say beautiful words Evgeny, a speech was made by the sons. Very organised,” he said.
From across America and around the world
To say goodbye to a great poet arrived at his friends almost from all over America — professors, teachers, current and former students, admirers, writers. In Tulsa also gathered many friends Yevtushenko from other countries. “I think the people here are from all over the world,” said Morgulis.
In addition to say goodbye to Yevtushenko came almost all of his students and colleagues at the University of Tulsa, where he taught the past quarter century. As told local newspaper, the Tulsa World University rector Roger Bleys, the work of the poet in the University “has significantly affected all of the University community.” “As a teacher and colleague he inspired, and the students recognized the enormous influence of his lectures for the rest of their lives,” said the rector.
In turn, the former President of the University Robert Donaldson, who invited the Russian poet 25 years ago to teach in Tulsa, said that Yevtushenko “was a loyal friend with an open heart and a generous spirit that will remain with us forever.” “At first we talked only about one semester, and behold, it turned out that he stayed with us for a quarter of a century,” said Donaldson. According to him, it became one of the most important events in the history of the University.
A new generation of Russian
Americans often talk about the poet as about the Soviet dissident, and among his work is singled out the poem “Babi Yar”. In April 1962, Time magazine placed his picture on its cover with the inscription “New generation Russia”. In recent decades, Yevtushenko gained in America the glory of the influential human rights activist.
As for his performance on stage, as emphasized by the American media, it was rather the whole presentation. “I don’t read the text as some boring old priest, boomy on the book — he said Yevtushenko in an interview with the Tulsa World. — Standing in front of the audience, I give birth to music played on an invisible keyboard.”
Foreigners usually called Yevtushenko named — Eugene. So to have been approached by neighbors, friends, colleagues. In the course of life among his friends around the world were the most famous people, including Pablo Picasso, John Steinbeck, Robert and Jacqueline Kennedy, Richard Nixon.
Yevtushenko signed a contract with the University of Tulsa on the teaching of Russian literature and foundations of the European film art in 1991, after which the family went to live in the United States. To work in the University, he started from 1992, and in 1993 received the title of doctor of arts. In recent years, the poet taught at the College of arts and Sciences for English course “Masterpieces of Russian literature.”
Yevgeny Yevtushenko died 1 APR 85-m to year of life in hospital Tulsa, where he was treated in connection with cancer since March 12.