!Free Pdf ♎ Тихий Дон ♷ And Quiet Flows The Don Or Quietly Flows The Don , Lit The Quiet Don IsVolume Epic Novel By Russian Writer Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov The St Three Volumes Were Written FromToPublished In The Soviet Magazine October In The Th Volume Was Finished InThe English Translation Of The St Three Volumes Appeared Under This Title InThe Novel Is Considered One Of The Most Significant Works Of Russian Literature In The Th Century It Depicts The Lives Struggles Of Don Cossacks During WWI, The Russian Revolution Russian Civil War In , Sholokhov Was Awarded The Nobel Prize For Literature For This Novel The Authorship Of The Novel Is Contested By Some Literary Critics Historians, Who Believe It Wasn T Entirely Written By Sholokhov
How does one go about writing a review of one s favourite book of all One runs the risk of making one of two errors one might either ignore flaws, and praise too much, to the point of gushing or, one might try and be too critical in an attempt to be even handed, and thus sell the work short.Mikhail Sholokhov s Quiet Flows the Don that s the complete and unabridged English edition of Tikhii Don, The Quiet Don in the original Russian is not an easy book to read It s not something for those who have limited attention spans and or no knowledge of history And, though it s a novel of war, it s emphatically not for those who are looking for action The Russian Civil War was one of the most defining events of history This is not the place for discussing its effects, but two things should be remembered first, if it had not happened, the twentieth century would have been almost in every way completely different and, secondly, the victory of the Bolsheviks in the war was far from assured As the war progressed, the Red Army had not only to fight against the Whites, but against anarchists, assorted bandit formations, and rebellious Cossacks, who switched sides several times as the tide of events washed over them.The book is the story of one such Cossack, and of the women whom he loves, and the struggles he has to go through.Grigorii Melekhov is a young Cossack in the Don valley just prior to the start of the First World War He loves Aksinia, the wife of another Cossack, and this results in so much fighting and turmoil that his father forcibly marries him off to another woman, Natalya, who is as sweet and gentle as Aksinia is fiery and determined Finally, Aksinia and Grigorii run off together, and find employment in the mansion of a wealthy landowner, where they might find a modicum of happiness.But the war comes, the First World War, and the Tsar orders the Cossacks to the front Grigorii is sent to the Austro Hungarian front, and for the first time kills men in combat Meanwhile, as the war drags on, the Tsarist autocracy begins to collapse under the weight of its own corruption, and the masses begin to rise up in protest.The Don Cossacks were not directly involved in the overthrow of the monarchy, and the news only filtered through to them later, causing anxietythan anything After all, though they had been routinely used as cannon fodder by the Tsars, they were historically and almost organically part of the Tsarist apparatus, and could not imagine life under any other system However, they weren t exactly given a choice in the matter, and soon enough the tides of the Civil War washed over them.Quite apart from not being a book for the attention span challenged, this book is not for the squeamish the Russian Civil War was one of the most brutal in history, with both sides or, to be exact, all sides routinely massacring prisoners and carrying out what today would be considered war crimes In this war, there were two kinds of combatant one who was ideologically driven, and fought on one or the other side, through victory or defeat and, on the other, the kind of soldier who fought not for ideology but in defence of his own ethnic group and its perceived interests Grigorii Melekhov was emphatically of the latter, and switched back and forth from the Red to the White sides as the fortunes of war dictated.Meanwhile, the two women in his life, Natalya and Aksinia, live through their own private torment Natalya, scarred in a suicide attempt, her attempt to make a life again with Grigorii sabotaged by the war and Aksinia, torn between her husband, whom she does not love and who does not love her, and Grigorii, whose child she has borne and who she knows is torn between her and Natalya It s a love story as well as a war story, and in these circumstances the outcome can t be anything but tragic.The writing, even in translation, is superb, the minor characters brilliantly etched It s not a book which one can read and say to oneself, Now so and so is quite superfluous one could just delete him and nothing would be lost Even the insignificant valet of the landowner has his own place in the narrative, serving to fill out the canvas And there s the odd moment where one sees the hope of the future, like the German whom Grigorii takes prisoner early in the novel and then lets go, who shakes his hand and tells him In the coming class wars we ll be on the same side of the barricades, won t we, comrade One of the most important things about the novel is its sympathetic treatment of the Whites though written in Stalin s USSR by a very much establishment author, it s as far from a Communist polemic as it s possible to get That it won the Stalin Prize in 1941 is another proof of something I ve said before and will say again the alleged persecution of dissent by Stalin is at least partly exaggerated, not least by his successors like Khrushchev for their own political purposes.What are the flaws of the book Apart from the fact that one needs at least some background knowledge of the First World War and the Russian Civil War, including an idea of Russian civil society of the time, at two thick volumes it s certainly not something to be gone through in one session Spanning almost a decade, the ebb and flow of characters can sometimes be confusing, especially if one is a newcomer to Russian literature and can t remember Russian names Also, the only conclusion one can draw from this book is, when brothers fight, nobody wins Even the victor has lost whatever it was that was worth fighting for.Completely and absolutely recommended, for those who care. I initially thought reading this would take longer than a month, but somehow I managed to rock its Russian face It s no secret that these Russian tomes can often be dense, filled with hundreds of characters with a bunch of different names doing things in highly detailed settings, where things like a blade of grass or a pebble in a river somehow manage to be a character themselves for fifty pages or so Russian novels are dark and cold, just like the land from whence they came Many of the authors had beards, even the women authors Or so I like to imagine Sholokhov, sadly, did not have a beard At one point he had a mustache, but that hardly counts Quiet Flows the Don is no exception in the land of Dark and Cold Russian Novels This book has girth, baby The Don of the title refers to the Don River and it most certainly is a character in the book It has attitude, and apparently emotions Okay, so in reality The attitude and emotions of the human characters are reflected in the motion of the river It s all very literary, yo Symbolic and shit The story starts in the early 20th century, before WWI and all, and it revolves around a Cossack family Did I mention there were a lot of characters There were According to the List of Characters at the beginning of the book to which I referred regularly there are 32 main characters, 53 Historical Persons including some actual familiar names like Stalin, Lenin, and Trotsky I suck at math, but I do know that the grand total then comes out to 85 characters And maybethat the List of Characters didn t think necessary to mention That s a Cossack Burly, right So this Sholokhov guy He was a fanboy of Tolstoy, which I think is pretty evident in Quiet Flows the Don I would say Sholokhov wrote this book with War and Peace in mind Like War and Peace, Quiet Flows the Don is about war though instead of focusing on the French invasion of Russia as in the Tolstoy, Soholokhov s story revolved around the start of WWI and Russian Civil War There are periods of peace in both books as well, moments of downtime in which we see a flash of home life the women, the children, the farms though the politics never seems to leave these pages This is a politically charged novel, and Sholokhov s personal politics are on every single page Yes, that can get tedious, thank you for asking But I m happy I read this As far as the Russkies go, Sholokhov is one I haven t heard that much about Apparently he and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn had a few issues which I think is interesting I mean, Solzhenitsyn looked like he could kick a few asses Or at least smother people to death in his beard I can t say that Sholokhov was as good as his forefathers like Tolstoy, or even some who came slightly later, like Solzhenitsyn But a fine contribution to Russian literature, and a solid good read nonetheless. Un roman uria , uria at t la propriu c t i la figurat, cu peste 1800 de pagini n 4 volume, listat pe Goodreads ca volum unic , cea mai masiv oper literar pe care mi a fost dat s o duc p n la cap t p n acum O lectur cople itoare i tulbur toare, o poveste ampl i foarte detaliat despre apusul unei lumi, despre c teva destine simple de cazaci, ce i vor fi pierdut pentru totdeauna lini tea n confruntarea nemiloas cu plaga ro ie a sovietelor ruse ti, care aveau s schimbe pentru totdeauna soarta ntregii omeniri Sub acest aspect, n ceea ce m prive te, nu pot sa trec cu vederea similitudinea atmosferei descrise de Margaret Mitchell in Pe aripile v ntului cu cea descrisa de olohov in Donul lini tit, despre destine fr nte, familii risipite de r zboi, moarte sau boal , iubiri adulterine convulsive, ezit ri, ov ieli existen iale ntr o epoc istoric ce face ca nimic s nu mai fie ca nainte.Lectura poate fi u or disconfortant pentru cititoarele de sex feminin, scenele de r zboi sunt masive i foarte minu ios descrise Pe de alt parte, afl m numele si ob r ia tuturor personajelor principale, secundare sau colaterale, de natur s sugereze o meticuloas informare din partea autorului numarul numelor proprii folosite in roman este de ordinul c torva sute de mii , dar care, la un moment dat devin n ucitoare i ap s toare.Pe scurt, Donul lini tit este o m rturie a imensului poten ial literar al autorului, care scrie primele doua volume la v rsta de 23 de ani n fa a acestui neobi nuit talent literar nsu i Sartre s a plecat, spun nd ca nu se cuvine a primi el nsu i premiul Nobel naintea lui Mihail olohov, care l va primi, la r ndul, s u n anul urm tor 1965.Dac cele 1800 de pagini vi se vor p rea o ncercare prea temerar , pute i opta pentru ecranizarea din 1957, extrem de fidel i cu interven ii regizorale i de scenariu minime.Dup p rerea mea, acest roman trebuie inclus n lista c r ilor care chiar merit a fi citite o dat n via Nu l ocoli i. The most impressive novel that I have read it is a masterpiece. Key to Principal Characters And Quiet Flows the Don ,7, , , , , , , , , , , , , , . . . Tiknii Don Quiet Flows the Don a novel in Four books, Mikhail SholokhovAnd Quiet Flows the Don or Quietly Flows the Don , literally Quiet Don is an epic novel in four volumes by Russian writer Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov The first three volumes were written from 1925 to 1932 and published in the Soviet magazine Oktyabr in 1928 1932, and the fourth volume was finished in 1940 The English translation of the first three volumes appeared under this title in 1934 1977 1344 1356 1363 1381 1760 9647294549 1388 9789643204099 20 1382 9789645676276 1368 1391 1800 9789642201655 1900 .