Anatoli Rybakov

“...For all the profound human modesty of Comrade Stalin,he will have to tolerate our outpourings of love and loyalty to him[applause],because not only we,who live and work under his direction,but all the working people in our land,tie their hopes for a radiant future for mankind to his name.[Applause] 'Listen,why should I read this? Let's go' Gleb repeated. All right.All right. But what do you think?
-He's flunky!
-But he wrote The Quiet Don,a great novel.
In the twenties there was doubt about his authorship.They even had a special commission to investigate.
I heard something about that.
Akimov told me.The read author was some White officer.But no one would acknowledge that...If The Quiet Don is a work of genius,the author cannot be flunky.As your beloved Pushkin said,dearie,genius and evil are incompatible.
Not every genius can overcome fear.And Sholokhov is no genius.”

Anatoli Rybakov, Dust and Ashes
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Dust and Ashes (Arbat tetralogy, #4) Dust and Ashes by Anatoli Rybakov
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