And Quiet Flows the Don


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Paperback (564 pages)
Published: December 17, 1989
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint: Vintage
ISBN: 9780679725213
Other books byMikhail Sholokhov
  • The Don Flows Home to the Sea

    The Don Flows Home to the Sea
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    Virgin Soil Upturned

    Virgin Soil Upturned
    Mikhail Sholokhov is rightly considered both in his own country and abroad the foremost Soviet novelist of his generation. Born in 1905, in a working Cossack family, Sholokhov?s most impressionable years were those of the Russian Revolution and Civil War, which he had described with penetrating insight. In 1926, he began his great epic of the Civil War And Quite Flows the Don, and, to use his own words,"found himself" as a writer "in that arduous and joyful creative work". And Quite Flows the Don was completed in 1940. The first book of Virgin Soil Upturned came out in 1932. The second was competed in 1960. In 1957 Sholokhov wrote a story, The Fate of a Man, which has become world famous. Also, he was working on They Fought for Their Country, a novel about Soviet people in the Second World War. Sholokhov is truly a writer of the people. His books have been printed in more than thirty-two million copies and translated into sixty-four languages. Through the scene is set in a small Cossack village, Sholokhov?s scope is no less great than in his other work, for the fate of his characters is the fate of a whole nation undergoing the greatest social revolution in its history. A process of change had been set afoot that was to spread into every corner of Cossack life. Outworn traditions and habits were swept aside, personalities and ideas that had taken generations to form were either broken or made anew and all this in the face of bitter opposition from those who could not or would not change. With a telling humanity Sholokhov depicts the faults and strivings, the suffering and laughter both of the fighters for progress with whom he himself has such deep ties, and their opponents. This book has a fundamental message for those who wish to understand the stresses and strains of Soviet life from the 1930's to the present day.

    25 Stories from the Soviet Republics

    25 Stories from the Soviet Republics
    This book does not claim to be a representative collection, with delegates from each of the numerous republics that make up the Soviet Union. It is merely a friendly meeting of a group of writers, each of whom introduces his own subject.Mikhail Sholokhov, a Russian author of world fame, tells about the fate of a man, while Yon Drutsa, a young Moldavian writer, gives a gently humorous portrayal of his industrious and buoyant countrymen.The Lithuanian Petras Cvirka and the Estonian Eduard Vilde, the Uzbek Abdullah Kahhar and the Abkhazian Mikhail Lakerbai offer glimpses of the recent past of their republics, while the Armenians Derenik Demirjyan and Aksel Bakounts consider life from the philosophical angle.Yury Rytkheu, a young Chukchi from the Far North, writes in the straightforward, ingenuous manner typical of his people, while Andrejs Upits, veteran Lettish author, whose eightieth birthday was celebrated not so long ago, resorts to the grotesque.Love and duty, war and peace, the clash between new and old psychology, and the local color of the various republics, are dealt with in one way or another.As a whole the collection gives a fair idea of some aspects of life in pre-revolutionary Russian and the Soviet Union.

    We Carry On

    We Carry On
    Tales of the War
    CONTENTSDaredevils ? Alexei TolstoyHate ? Mikhail SholokhovTile Flag ? Valentine KatayevHis Only Son ? K. SimonovSnowbound ? S. Sergeyev-TsenskiThe Duel - A Child Is Born - Spring ? Nikolai TikhonovHis Sweetheart ? Leonid SobolevCaptain Zhavoronkov ? Vadim KozhevnikovKatya ? Evgeni PetrovStout Heart ? Boris LavrenevThe Surgeon ? V. LidinLife ? P. PavlenkoOur Hands Have Grown Heavy ? F. PanferovThe Justification of Hate ? Ilya Ehrenbourg

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