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Mikhail Sholokhov

And Quiet Flows the Don by Mikhail Sholokhov (Vintage 1974 Penguin Modern Classics)

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“And Quiet Flows the Don” (also known as “Quietly Flows the Don”) is a classic novel written by the Russian author Mikhail Sholokhov. It is considered one of the most significant works of Russian literature and was first published in 1928. The novel is the first part of Sholokhov’s epic literary series, “The Don Epic,” which also includes the sequel “The Don Flows Home to the Sea.”

The story is set during the early 20th century and revolves around the lives of the Cossacks, a semi-nomadic, militaristic, and traditionalist community living in the Don River region of southern Russia. The narrative unfolds against the backdrop of historical events, such as World War I, the Russian Revolution of 1917, and the subsequent Russian Civil War.

The main protagonist of the novel is Grigory Melekhov, a Cossack farmer and soldier, whose life experiences and personal struggles serve as a focal point for exploring the broader themes of love, war, loyalty, and betrayal. Through Melekhov’s character, Sholokhov portrays the impact of historical upheavals on ordinary people and how their lives are affected by larger political and social events.

The novel is renowned for its vivid portrayal of Cossack culture, traditions, and customs. Sholokhov’s writing style is praised for its descriptive power, lyrical prose, and deep emotional resonance. The author’s attention to detail and his ability to capture the essence of the Don River landscape and its people have earned him critical acclaim.

“And Quiet Flows the Don” won Sholokhov the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1965, making him the first Soviet writer to receive this prestigious award. However, the novel’s success also sparked controversies over allegations of plagiarism and authorship, which were hotly debated during Sholokhov’s lifetime and even after his death.

The novel remains an enduring piece of literature that offers readers a glimpse into the turbulent times of early 20th-century Russia while celebrating the resilience and spirit of the Cossack people. It is a must-read for anyone interested in Russian literature and historical fiction.


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