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And Quiet Flows the Don or Quietly Flows the Don (Тихий Дон, lit. "The Quiet Don") is 4-volume epic novel by Russian writer Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov. The 1st three volumes were written from 1925 to '32 & published in the Soviet magazine October in 1928–32. The 4th volume was finished in 1940. The English translation of the 1st three volumes appeared under this ...more
Paperback, 568 pages
Published December 17th 1989 by Vintage (first published 1934)
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El
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 aut ...more
Bruce Taylor
Jun 23, 2012 Bruce Taylor rated it really liked it
I found this book--literally--about 30 years ago while I was a freshman in college. I was wandering around the stacks of the library at Texas A&M University and found the two-book series, And Quiet Flows the Don and the Don Flows Home to the Sea. I was looking for a good book and I was looking for a better program of study (engineering wasn't my thing). I hadn't heard of Mikhail Sholokov and still don't know very many who have. Despite a fairly heavy load in school I dove in and began readin ...more
Bill Purkayastha
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
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Babak
Sep 25, 2007 Babak rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all
The most impressive novel that I have read. it is a masterpiece.
Vlad
Nov 03, 2012 Vlad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-time-greats
In Russian, the most beautifully written and original prose I've ever read, by a mile. The language is simply stunning and makes even inanimate objects appear as alive as most human characters in average novels. It would be a monumental task to translate it into other languages, I suspect..

Aside from the language, it's an epic read about a very interesting people in a crucial time in Russian history -- Cossacks during the Russian Revolution. It depicts the life of ordinary but fierce and colorfu
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David
Aug 20, 2009 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really strange book - it is in four parts. The first two are brilliant hardyesque descriptions of peasant life in peace and war. Part three sees the novel's structure collapse as the Russian Revolution takes hold. Sholokov was clearly obliged to incorporate much Marxist theory and the tone becomes quite abstract. The final part sees a return to the countryside, and an inconclusive finish.

The only consistent progression in this novel is the role and treatment of women. In the opening c
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Nicki Dennis
Dec 09, 2009 Nicki Dennis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Those Russians certainly know how to write a novel! Amazing book - incredibly modern given when it was written - almost feminist in places. Characters are so real, flawed, human and infuriating - plot like the Don, thick and relentless...A book with the power to make you think differently about things in your own life (which is of course hugely different from life in a cossack village or regiment). Hard to imagine that he has written something so 'in' its time but also so timeless...
I'm reading
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Ahmad Sharabiani
نخست برگردان «به آذین» را خواندم، سپس برگردانی از روسی به انگلیسی که نام مترجم یادم نمانده است، سپس برگردان احمد شاملو را. هر سه برایم گوارا بودند. ا. ش
Tiknii Don = Quiet Flows the Don: a novel in Four books, Mikhail Sholokhov
عنوان: دن آرام - چهار جلدی؛ نویسنده: میخائیل شولوخوف؛ مترجم: م.ا. به آذین (محمود اعتمادزاده)؛ تهران، نیل، 1344؛ موضوع: داستان جنگهای داخلی روسیه و انقلاب در روسیه، قرن 20 م
George
Oct 04, 2012 George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great Russian epic novel about the lives of ordinary people in the time of turmoil, a story about peace, war, life and death!

An absolute masterpiece written in a superb language!

A Nobel Prize well deserved!
Tyler
Feb 23, 2009 Tyler rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Totalitarians
Recommended to Tyler by: Nobel Prize
Separating ideas and people is a task that bedevils Russian writers, and their characters often turn into expressions of some point of view or other. This tendency takes a toll on And Quiet Flows the Don, the story of the Don River Cossacks’ struggle through World War I and revolution. After a decent start, it stalls into a plodding chronicle with people thrown in as extras. Socialist realism gives it a unique stamp, but it also leaves readers indifferent to the fate of the people in its pages.

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Shahr Baran
Feb 02, 2015 Shahr Baran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
اين رمان يك رمان تلفيقي است ..تم سياسي/اجتماعي وخانوادگي دارد ...اين كتاب درباره زندگي قزاق هاي ساكن كناره رود دن است ..زمان رمان به جنگ جهاني اول وانقلاب اكتبر روسيه برميگردد رمان شخصيت هاي زيادي دارد كه مهمترين شخصيت كتاب گريگور است ...او شخصي شجاع وجنگجو وخستگي ناپذير است ..گريگور عاشق وطنش است اما از تزار متنفر است به همين دليل دچار سردرگمي سياسي ميشود گاهي با بلشويك ها همراه ميشود اما نميتواند همه قوانين بلشويكي را بپذيرد او از عدالت خواهي سوسياليست خوشش مي ايد ولي موافق تقسيم اراضي قزاقها ...more
Manray9
Oct 03, 2015 Manray9 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian-lit
I am glad to see "Quiet Flows the Don" is back in print in English! Sholokhov won the Nobel Prize for this novel of war and revolution among the Don Cossack host. Although painted across a backdrop of history, it is primarily the love story of Gregor and Aksinya. As much of great 20th century Russian literature, the style harks back to Tolstoy, but the subject matter is undeniably Soviet. Published in 1929, "Quiet Flows the Don" was the pinnacle of Sholokhov's career. He never again produced a w ...more
Elvira Baryakina
Я никогда не поверю в то, что этот роман мог написать 22-летний мальчик. Литература, тем более исторический роман, - это искусство, которому очень долго надо учиться. Слету талантливый юноша может написать повесть о любви, но никак не монументальное полотно. Утверждать обратное - это все равно что верить, что гениальный от природы уличный танцор сможет без подготовки выступать в Большом театре.

К тому же текст очень неровный. Человек, который писал о казаках, - гений; все позднейшие большевистски
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Ksenia Bazan
Very late at night I reached the end of this unique epic book. Russian literature treasure awarded by the Nobel prize totally deserves to be called one of the best novels of the XXth century.
It starts with the First book describing a peaceful living of several Cossack families and Sholokhov makes two people front and center of the story: Grigori and Aksinia. All I can say is that I'm in love with them both. Two amazing realistic characters, flawed, passionate, logical, sometimes illogical. They
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Nick
Mar 03, 2011 Nick rated it it was ok
It was aight. Should not have been 554 pages...

The first section ("Peace") held my attention because I had never read descriptions of the olde tyme Cossack lifestyle before. It was cool to see their daily life for a while (espicially as an ethnic and social group distinct from the surrounding mostly Russian peasantry). However in later sections the book dwelt heavily on the goings on of this village region. This is problematic for a few reasons. 1) we already got all that information in the firs
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Frederick
Aug 21, 2008 Frederick marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sholokhov
I found a translation by Robert Daglish which was revised and edited by Brian Murphy. This edition was published by Carroll & Graf in 1996. The ISBN is: 0786703601. J. M. Dent published it in the UK.
I've been wanting to read this since high school, when my father would occasionally refer to a great book he'd read years before. At that time, the English translation of the title was AND QUIET FLOWS THE DON. He said it was about a Russian soldier driven to the point of exhaustion. He added that
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Fil
Oct 16, 2012 Fil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The first novel of Sholokhov’s epic ‘Don’ series packs quite a punch. Mixing everyday Cossack life with historic events of early 20th century Russia, it mainly shows us how grandiose events can never eclipse the human condition (as a whole) or the individual emotions we all feel when beset by the vicissitudes of life. In effect, it makes history subordinate to human impulse as opposed to its catalyst.

Part I (Peace) is a glimpse of family and farm life in the Don River region; beautiful, simple y
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Hussam Nabil
Jul 13, 2010 Hussam Nabil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
وصف رائع لحياة القوزاق و فهم عميق للحرب العالميه الأولى والثوره البلشيفيه والحرب الأهليه وجدت الجزء الأول ممل نوعا ما لأنني لا املك خلفيه عن حياة القوزاق وسلوكهم الاجتماعي ولكن الجزء الثاني كان ممتع بشكل كبير لاحاطتي بالثوره البلشيفيه والحرب الأهليه وقد عمقت هذه الروايه فهمي للظروف المحيطه بالثوره والخلفيات السياسيه والاجتماعيه التي شكلت ارهاصات لهذه الثوره
Mark Sacha
The Quiet Don (in the original, less florid title) is an epitaph for a people - the Cossacks of the Don region who, fiercely independent horsemen and tillers of land, were ill-suited to the political and industrial shifts of 1917. Nearly the entire novel is told from this losers' perspective. It would have been safer and more realistic in the eyes of the censors to have followed instead those Cossacks who discovered in themselves some deus ex machina socialist fervor, or else to have depicted Wh ...more
Claire
Oct 01, 2015 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gorky's comparison (to War and Peace) has merit; this novel certainly calmed me down in a few hectic situations, for S. Garry's translation managed to convey Sholokhov's peace well (as I had read the "Peace" section when feeling particularly harassed).

Then I found the following "War" section exciting, though I do not recall exact details to expound about that too much. I read a significant amount of that in the back room of the elementary library, for I still feel like I shouldn't be wasting peo
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وحشية الحرب بأوجع مآسيها .... فهي أينما حلّت و على مَن حَلت ... حتماً ستُلحق بالمُعتدي و المُعتدَى عليه أضراراً جسيمة ، لو محتها الأيام فلم و لن تُمحى من الذاكرة ، حتى مع الموت .
رواية نالت إعجاب القُراء في جميع اللغات و توج هذا الإعجاب بجائزة نوبل 1965
إنها قصة أصيلة تعكس حياة الشعب القوزاقي ، و تصور و تؤكد على أنسانية الإنسان في كل عصر و في كل مكان ..... فمهما كانت الفوارق و الاختلافات و الولاءات المتفارقة و الإنتماءات الشتى و الطوائف التي ننتمي إليها ، تبقى النفس البشرية الإنسانية بفطرتها السلي
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Rusty
Feb 16, 2015 Rusty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
Fascinating...This book is sometimes divided into four smaller books. I enjoyed following Gregor and others through all four stages. What chaos! The section called Peace has the reader viewing the quiet life of those who live in a village by the Don with love, life and the disputes of living in this environment. War finds men of this village going off to fight the Germans in WWI. Of course, we begin to lose some residents who die on the battle fields. Revolution finds some still fighting the Ger ...more
Chanaka Hettige
Second book of පෙරළූ නැවුම පස is far more brilliant than the first book. The story speaks more closer to the heart and you get closer to the characters more than ever. And I never thought that I would shed a tear at the end of the book, though I did!

Yet again it's all about the hardships the early Socialist republic went through to establish the socialist principles among the common men and the unreasonable resistance which bloomed for no real reason or real outcome.

Simply put, this is a must re
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Janith Pathirage
First, I wasn't expecting to give anything blow 4 stars for this mammoth Nobel price winner, but few things changed my mind. First, I don't like Gregory at all. And its kinda lame the way his character was developed in this book. From being a lowlife to a bulletproof Chuck Norris. Its not the way of the Russian novels I've come across. Second, I hate the cowardice of some Cossacks in this novel. Specially Stephen. No Cossack would let his wife run away with another man and let them live happily ...more
Laura Edwards
Feb 02, 2015 Laura Edwards rated it liked it
This book was okay. Some parts were very good, others just so-so. My biggest beef isn't even with Sholokov. Too many reviews of this book compare it to "War and Peace" and Tolstoy. While the subject matter (war) and the plotline are similar, comparing the writing of the two men is ridiculous. Sholokov is no Tolstoy. This is not a knock on his writing necessarily. Most people can't compare to Tolstoy. But after reading reviews comparing the writing to Tolstoy's, my expectations were raised so hig ...more
Lucie Novak
Nov 25, 2015 Lucie Novak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very complex, I learnt more about Russia from this book than anything else I read. Despite being very anti-Russian at that time, I loved it.
Scott Cox
This is a novel of epic proportions which vividly portrays Cossack life in the early part of the 20th century. The novel's main characters exemplify and explore the meaning of faithfulness . . . faithfulness in marriage, in community and religion, in war and to the state. I noted the following as being some of Sholokhov's more memorable lines, "You think you're fighting for the Czar, but what is the Czar? The Czar's a nobody, and the Czarina's a chicken; but they're both a weight on our backs. D ...more
علی
Jun 24, 2007 علی rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-literature
دن آرام، ترجمه ی احمد شاملو را ندیده ام، اما سال ها پیش ترجمه ی محمود اعتمادزاده (م. به آذین( را خوانده ام. تجربه ی خواندن این رمان چهار جلدی به زبان شیوایی که به آذین به فارسی برگردانده، برایم شیرین بود. این را هم خوانده ام که شاملو معتقد بوده که ترجمه ی به آذین، ترجمه ی درست یا کافی یا کاملی نیست.
Roman
Apr 18, 2014 Roman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-books
This novel is one of the most impressive books I've ever read. The main character of this book Gregory Melekhov is a strong man who was forced to fight in first world war and then in civil war in Russia. The most difficult thing is a choice, and war, especially a civil war, forces us to make the most serious decisions. The war increases the speed of life, intensifies feelings. Gregory Melekhov who turned out between two armies, two ideas and two women couldn't make a choice eventually.
There are
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Joanne
Jan 21, 2013 Joanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all time favourites. I've read it at least three times since discovering a battered copy left behind in an empty house, and I love it every time. It's epic, heroic and magnificent.
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Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov was awarded the 1965 Nobel Prize in Literature "for the artistic power and integrity with which, in his epic of the Don, he has given expression to a historic phase in the life of the Russian people."
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