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Literary Meetings in Vyoshenskaya

25.05.2009

On the days of “Sholokhov Spring”, May, 23, 2009, the book-lovers gathered in the central library of Stanitsa Vyoshenskaya for the traditional “Literary Meetings”, where the “hit of the program” was a presentation of the book by a young author Alexander Gavrilov “The Bukanovskaya Period of M.A. Sholokhov”.

The leader of the meeting with the readers was a Rostov poet, the editor of the journal “Don” Viktor Petrov.

Preceding the author’s speech, the leader gave the floor to Pyotr Kosov, a Don businessman, a patron, who rendered an all-round help in publishing this historical and biographic investigation.

P. Kosov noted, that in Stanitsa Bukanovskaya there is preserved a foundation of the church, where young Mikhail Sholokhov and Mariya Gromoslavskaya wedded, a house of the post-office, a blacksmith’s shop, a house of Khodunov. All these buildings, in this or that way, are associated with M.A. Sholokhov’s living in Stanitsa Bukanovskaya, and the work on the re-creation of the architectural appearance will take many years.

Now Alexander Gavrilov is a student of the historical faculty of the Rostov State University, he is also connected with Bukanovskaya land: his father was originated  from this stanitsa.

The beginning of his studies of the period of the would-be great writer’s living in 1922-1925 referred to the recollections of his grandmother, who had many times told him about the events of those years. The investigation of A. Gavrilov includes the recollections of the residents of Stanitsa Bukanovskaya and Stanitsa Kumylzhenskaya, the actualities from the archives and periodicals, old curious photographs found by him.

The book can be considered to be the first step of the young author on his way to his prospective interesting historical investigations.

The members of the Writers’ Union of Russia Alexander Yalfimov, a literarian from Uralsk, and Grigoriy Rychnev, a countryman from Vyoshenskaya, told the participants of the “Literary Meetings” about their creative prospects.

A local-lore researcher Alexander Chukarin, a great-grandson of Yakov Fomin, one of the personages of the novel “And Quiet Flows the Don”, Mikhail Fomin, and other stanitsa’s residents shared their ideas about the latest works of the modern writers with the audience.

A. Kochetov