Georgii Kharitonovich Kaitukov
Kaitukov, Georgii Kharitonovich
Born Oct. 29 (Nov. 11), 1911, in the village of Khod, Northern Ossetia. Soviet Ossetian poet. Member of the CPSU since 1940.
The son of a poor mountaineer, Kaitukov graduated from the Northern Caucasus Pedagogical Institute in 1932. He took part in the Great Patriotic War of 1941—45. His work first appeared in print in 1927. Among his published books of poetry are Toward the Struggle (1931), My Songs (1940), In the Days of the War (1944), Verses and Poems (1948), The Weapons of Peace (1951), Selected Verse (1956), Spring Songs (1958), Thank You, Men! (1959), Continuation of Life (1967; winner of the K. Khetagurov Republic Prize), and Who Am I? (1968). Kaitu-kov’s poetry is civic-minded, polemical, and acutely contemporary. Kaitukov translated A. S. Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin into Ossetian. He has been awarded three orders and various medals.