Born on June 25, 1907 in the Ukranian city of Elisavetgrad (now Kirovoohrad) to a bank clerk, Aleksander, who was also a revolutionary and amateur actor. In 1921 he and several friends published an acrostic poem about Lenin, and the group was arrested and sent to Nikolayev for execution. Only Tarkovsky escaped.
damaged and free. What I mean, of course, is not
just freedom from propaganda, but also the principal
freedom, inner freedom, the one defined by Blok was
the secret freedom of humanity. Somehow he never
succumbed to the temptation of pleasing—not only
temptation of pleasing the reading public—of tuning,
half-consciously, while writing, to their demands.