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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
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Published December 17th 1989 by Vintage (first published January 1st 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
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
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.
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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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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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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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!
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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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
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
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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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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Clive Illman
Wonderful descriptive passages, esp of the Steppe, the Don, the effects of the cold etc. First section concerning village life I found utterly absorbing; second section concerning the beginnings of the war likewise; then I'm afraid I began to lose interest, and I feel that anyone without a particular interest in the early development of the communist system will feel much the same. An important document, no doubt - but as the book progresses, those entrancing descriptive passages increasingly se ...more
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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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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
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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Laura Edwards
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
Rusty
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
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.
Edward
Mar 31, 2015 Edward marked it as to-read
Recommended to Edward by: Lorena Beshello
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Suresh Nair
This is a big book probably as big as the country at the time of writing. The description of the countryside, the effect of varying seasons on it, the raw and intense emotions of peoples caught in extreme situations are wonderfully conveyed. Through all this the author weaves the history of a nation in war and peace, the lives of its peoples under different dispensations, the peculiarities of the Cossacks and deeper aspects of relationships and the extent to which one could take it to test it ir ...more
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...
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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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