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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 1940)
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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
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...more
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...more
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!
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...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...
I'm reading...more
Aug 21, 2008 Frederick marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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...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...more
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...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
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...more
Alena Klindziuk
A good book, but one sided. All of the stuff that would have made the Reds look bad got censored out :(
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
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...more
Aug 27, 2009 Pasug rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all humanity
Recommended to Pasug by: raduga publishers
Monday, December 29, 2008
EPIC Love's with Remarriage = Aksinya, Natalya & Natasha, Scarlett O' Hara & Kate Winslet as Rose
I Love Heroines - who are worth their Salt.
Aksinya - the wife of military man Alxandrovich who beats her.
She dislikes him, runs away with Gregory Nicholoyevich...
- another Russian Army man & son of Russian Cossack Farmer at Vyasheskaya
- the Protoganist of Quiet Flows the Don - Michael Sholokov's Nobel Prize winning Novel.
I clearly remember the day I bought all vol...more

Mi-a placut foarte mult cartea asta. Saga Melehovilor e cel mai simplu mod sa inveti despre istoria Rusiei in Primul Razboi Mondial si a cazacilor, neam de luptatori de sute de ani. Se spune ca datorita lor a rezistat puterea tarista, si tot din cauza tradarii lor, tarul a fost asasinat.

Cam doua treimi din carte sunt despre razboi si totul se petrece pe front. Cazacii cad din razboi in razboi si apoi in rascoala. Totul se misca repede, pentru ca intre razboie, in permisii si chiar raniti, cazaci...more
Written in 1934, this novel earned Sholohov a Nobel Prize. It chronicles the cataclysmic Russian Revolution era beginning with 1910 using large brush strokes, but with also minute detail of Cossack’s love of the land, the river, crops, fighting, vodka and lust. The first of three volumes this one ends after the civil war when the Cossacks are still aligned with the White Russians. The head of the family at the center of the book, Prokoffievich, was the product of a Cossack and a woman brought ho...more
Whoa...I feel like I just gave birth to a baby. LOL And it wasn't an easy pregnancy, by all means. This book wasn't an easy read for several reasons. One of them was the language. I read it in Russian and even though I am fluent in it, I had to dig out my Russian dictionary. Sholokhov uses a lot of local dialect and for about first 150 or so pages I felt completely lost. Once I got used to his way of writing the going got a lot easier.
Another reason this book was a little difficult for me was t...more
Gregg Bell
In English, there are only a handful of words to describe snow, whereas in Russian there are a hundred and fifty. You will find many such words in "Quiet Flows the Don."

This book brings to life the Russian experience like no other. (The Nobel Prize was awarded to Sholokhov for this novel.) Yes, Tolstoy and Dostoyefsky deserve their place of eminence in Russian literature, but to gather the true sweep of Russian life, to take in the magnificence of the Russian steppes and taiga, the laurel goes...more
Doug Raubacher
Sholokhov's "Quiet Flows The Don" is an absolutely masterful portrayal of a Don Cossack peasant in Russia just prior to and during World War One and the subsequent Russian Revolution. A tour de force narrative of the life of a Russian peasant when that life was suddenly catapulted from medieval fuedalism to 20th century communism/totalitarianism. Epic story telling on a par with Tolstoy, this is a seminal work of Soviet fiction. Sholokhov won the Nobel prize for literature in 1965. I first read...more
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.
After reading Väinö Linna's epic Under the North Star my father recommended reading this one; basically it tells roughly of the same time period (1912-1922) but in Russia. And it was... great. The style took some time getting used to: either it was the Finnish translation done in the 1950s/1960s or the original style, but it certainly wasn't the easiest thing to get into.

Just like in any good Russian classic, there are tons and tons of characters and it is easy to lose track of them. I certainly...more
I thought i might be prejudiced against this, because of the author towing the official Stalin party line at the time, but i really enjoyed this. I was doing a lot of travelling at the time, and the characters were comforting, and you were really transported away into their world.
I was surprised by how good this book was. Considering what I've heard about socialist realism, I was expecting something like Ayn Rand, where the "story" is only an excuse to get different characters in the same room so they can spew didactic speeches at each other. What I got instead was a very sensitive and often beautiful novel about a place and its people that occasionally dipped into required propaganda. Think of it as a Soviet Aeneid: yes, it has a clear propaganda purpose, but the author...more
Neil Randall
The story of a Cossack family torn apart by the Russian Civil War is to my mind one of greatest literary achievements of its kind. Epic in scale, beautifully written, with vivid backdrops and supreme characterization. The various conflicts, in the hearts and minds of the characters as much as on the battlefield, depicted in the novel show how grand events can rip the lives of everyday people apart, literally turning brother against brother. The protagonist, Gregor's, allegiance switches from the...more
This is my favourite of all books ... Love, tradgety, war, betrayal, atrocity, comradeship etc it's all here. An epic story of the effects of the Russian Revolution on the people of the Don, the Cossacks ...
Probably in my top 10 of books read ever. .. This is the fictional biography of a Don Cossack set against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution. I starts with pre WWI Czarist Russia and takes you with Mikhail the hero through his youthful love, his duties as a Cossack in the guard of the czar and his opposition to the growing bolshevist proselyting among the peasants of the cossacks. It contains a complex love triangle complicating his marriage to a rich kulaks daughter. this is part one of a t...more
Adam O'leary
An epic novel that brings the times of the World War One and the Russian Revolution to life with vivid detail and perfectly crafted characters. Despite being obliged to take a Socialist perspective (Sholokhov won the Stalin Prize for his writing as well as the Nobel) the novel portrays the horrors of war on both sides and does not read like propaganda, as other Socialist Realist novels do. From a post-Soviet perspective we can see some characters' misty eyed dreams of peace and prosperity under...more
Despite being told by a few people that this was a great book, I was a bit daunted by this it BUT as soon as i started it I really enjoyed it. Beautifully written, following the stories of the families in the Don valleys through peace, war, struggles,arguments and dilemmas,you can feel the landscape as you read. It does get a bit complicated during the third part regarding the logistics of the war and the revolution, but you only really need to understand the loyalty, the hardship, the violence...more
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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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