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Sholokhov's book introduces the reader to a New World that is not merely the Don Region, but the world of the author's inimitably poetic prose; giving fifteen years of his life to the creation of And Quiet Flows the Don. He began the first book at the age of twenty, in 1926. The last was finished in 1940. While Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace (1863-69) immortalized the N

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Paperback, 564 pages
Published December 17th 1989 by Vintage (first published 1940)
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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
Babak
Sep 25, 2007 Babak rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all
The most impressive novel that I have read. it is a masterpiece.
Bruce Taylor
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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Vlad
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
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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George
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!
Bruce
This book was published in 1934 and is a beautifully written novel about Cossack culture and history from the late 1800’s through WWI, the Russian Revolution, and the civil war immediately following. I knew little about the Cossacks and was fascinated by this picture of their lives, culture, and political aspirations, all of which have apparently disappeared. Sholokhov has written a work as interesting as War and Peace, I think, focusing on a particular group within Russian society, a group in m ...more
Shahr Baran
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
Nicki Dennis
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...
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Mahdi
بذارید اول از نکات مثبت بگم تا یادم نرفته.
ترجمه ی احمد شاملو از این رمان، خیلی خوب بود. سومین ترجمه ایه که از شاملو می خونم (دو تای قبلی: گیل گمش و شازده کوچولو) و دارم مطمئن می شم که یکی از مترجم های واقعاً خوب ماست.
کتاب رو نه لفظ به لفظ، بلکه مضمون به مضمون ترجمه کرده بود. یعنی گشته بود مضمون معادل اون حرف هایی که اونا می زنن، توی اصطلاحات و ضرب المثل های فارسی پیدا کرده بود و به جای اصطلاحات فرانسوی و روسی، از اصطلاحات فارسی استفاده کرده بود. در نتیجه، شما بیشتر احساس می کردید که دارید کتابی
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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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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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Nick
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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Tyler
Feb 23, 2009 Tyler rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Totalitarians
Recommended to Tyler by: Nobel Prize
Shelves: the-worst
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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Laila al-hafez
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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Fil
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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Aldeon Moriak
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Hugh Centerville
A great book no matter who wrote it.

If the official chronology is correct, Mikhail Sholokhov began writing his epic masterpiece, And Quiet Flows the Don, before he was out of his teens and finished the first three of four volumes in his early thirties. That’s one heck of a feat of literature, a masterpiece at such an early age and from a man who lived for more than another half century and who never came close to doing it again. How did he manage it? Youthful genius and passion? (It was surely a
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Hussam Nabil
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
علی
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
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
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.
Alena Klindziuk
A good book, but one sided. All of the stuff that would have made the Reds look bad got censored out :(
Elizabeth
I read this in high school, in college, and recently. Equally incredible each time...
Инк Лонгтан
Прочитал на телефоне за неделю. Субъективно намного интересней «Войны и мира» Толстого
☯Bettie☯
Fabulous reading...

... and now for a rather, methinks, irreverent view via a Rupert Everett (smack in the puss) film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0384712/

Mea Culpa: see that line above re the film. NOPE! The film is more than my 'ickle heart could have imagined. Superb!

If anyone should ask me what is the best ever book it would have to be this.

A winter re-read is now top of the agenda.
Raghavendra Prasad
Nov 24, 2007 Raghavendra Prasad rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all
Fantastic book. widest canvass. a must read.
Andrius
Knygoje aprašomi įvykiai vykę daugiau kaip prieš 100 metų, bet iš Michailo Šolochovo pasakojimo galima susidaryti labai aiškų įspūdį - laikas eina, o žmogus iš esmės lieka toks pats. Meistriškai pateikdamas aplinkos peizažą, aprašydamas žmones supančią gamtą, didelį dėmesį skirdamas Dono upės atvaizdavimui, Šorochovas užburia. Jis puikiai perteikia to meto žmonių problemas, siekius, pavydą, meilę, melą ir kitus dalykus, kurie, žvelgiant iš dabartinės perspektyvos, tokie artimi ir šių laikų žmogu ...more
Graziano
Pantelej Prokofjevic si segno', guardando il vertice bianco del campanile lontano, poi impugno' la falce. Il suo naso adunco pareva verniciato, tanto era lucido; nell'incavo delle sue guance magre si raccoglieva il sudore. Egli sorrise, mostrando in mezzo alla barba nera una fila compatta di denti bianchi, e alzo' la falce, volgendo a destra il suo collo rugoso. L'erba, tagliata su un semicerchio di due metri, si distese ai suoi piedi. (63)

Ma il frumento calpestato dal bestiame si rialza. Sotto
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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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