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And Quiet Flows the Don by Mikhail Sholokhov
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Nov 03, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 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 colorful characters trying to make it through a merciless historical tsunami. Passion, need for freedom, all-consuming civil war, people of great earthly spirit who are willing to endure suffering but not submission.

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