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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 1996 by Dent (first published 1934)
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Jun 23, 2016 Edward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Edward by: Lorena
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Jun 25, 2016 Simona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un roman uriaş, (uriaş atât la propriu cât şi la figurat, cu peste 1800 de pagini în 4 volume, listat pe Goodreads ca volum unic), cea mai masivă operă literară pe care mi-a fost dat să o duc până la capăt până acum.
O lectură copleşitoare şi tulburătoare, o poveste amplă şi foarte detaliată despre apusul unei lumi, despre câteva destine simple de cazaci ce îşi vor fi pierdut pentru totdeauna liniştea în confruntarea nemiloasă cu plaga roşie a sovietelor ruseşti, care aveau să schimbe pentru tot
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
Jul 17, 2016 Bruce Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 28, 2013 Bill Purkayastha rated it it was amazing
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
Fabulous reading...

... and now for a rather, methinks, irreverent view via a Rupert Everett (smack in the puss) film:

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.
Sep 25, 2007 Babak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all
The most impressive novel that I have read. it is a masterpiece.
Jun 23, 2016 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 work ...more
Nov 03, 2012 Vlad rated it it was amazing
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
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
Aug 20, 2009 David rated it really liked it
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
Shahr Baran
Feb 02, 2015 Shahr Baran rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 09, 2009 Nicki Dennis rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 04, 2012 George rated it it was amazing
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!
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.

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
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
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
Ramkumar  R
Jan 21, 2017 Ramkumar R rated it it was amazing

The novel deals with the life of the Cossacks living in the Don River valley during the early 20th century, probably around 1912and 1917 .It is a flowing read and it is hard to put down the book.An absolute masterpiece and a Nobel Prize well deserved!
Mark Sacha
Dec 22, 2015 Mark Sacha added it
Shelves: russian
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
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
Oct 16, 2012 Fil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, fiction
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
3.5* I liked the first 2 of the 4 sections very much but unfortunately, I struggled with the last 2 parts. These final parts, "Revolution" and "Civil War", left the characters from the first sections aside for the majority of the text and the descriptions of fighting were of much less interest to me.

I did find the information about the Cossacks fascinating -- their position pre-World War 1 was not that of the aristocracy yet they were landowners (mostly small farmers). They worked hard at physic
Hussam Nabil
Jul 13, 2010 Hussam Nabil rated it really liked it
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
Lucie Novak
Nov 25, 2015 Lucie Novak rated it really liked it
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.
Peycho Kanev
Apr 09, 2016 Peycho Kanev rated it it was amazing
Epochal masterpiece!
Nov 19, 2013 Riley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Russian epic, which means it explores a lot of heavy themes: war and peace,families and relationships.

I really enjoyed the first half of this book, but found that the character development dropped off in the latter half as its focus shifted into World War I, the revolution and the civil war.

Though every Russian epic is somewhat about sex -- which is probably equally true of all literature -- I was surprised at how frank this book was on the subject. And like a lot of the greats of the genre, i
Javier de la Peña Ontanaya
May 30, 2016 Javier de la Peña Ontanaya rated it it was amazing
Épica epopeya sobre los cosacos del Don. Un reflejo de su sociedad, costumbres, cultura en un periodo convulso a través de los ojos de su autor, cosaco y que combatió en la misma guerra civil rusa que se refiere en la novela.

Sinceramente, no veo que el autor se muestre amable con el régimen soviético en cuanto a forma y fondo. Es más, me cuesta creer que esta novela haya pasado los estándares de esa época y la censura por lo mucho que habla sobre rojos y blancos. Para mí, un ejercicio maestro de
Oct 01, 2015 Claire rated it really liked it
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
Joel Palma

I've been reading a lot of reviews that this book by Sholokhov- the second Russian Nobel Prize in Literature laureate, can ONLY be compared to Tolstoy's "War and Peace"... I braced myself to this premise, not because it's daunting but because (after reading War and Peace, one of my four favorite novels of all time- to date) I'm in for an unforgettable literary roller coaster ride- and Sholokhov did not disappoint!!! Like "War and Peace" this book is massive, ambitious and demanding
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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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