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The Souls Brighten on This Day

24.05.2016

In Stanitsa Vyoshenskaya the day of May 24, the birthday of M.A.Sholokhov, is always sunny and bright.

Clouds run passing by, a small sudden rain is only for fun. And again the sunlight floods the streets and squares of the stanitsa, and the River Don sparkles so that it dazzles the eye. For over 30 years this day has been arousing good spirits inspiring the members of the annual “Sholokhov Spring”.

“Sholokhov Spring” is widely known to be a holiday completely devoted to the birthday of the most outstanding Russian writer of the XX century.

In his life and in literature Sholokhov went by a straight road. Look at the themes in his works, at his personages, at the writer’s partial evaluation of what he depicted and you will understand that only such an honest way can give the master his strength, steadfastness and confidence in his rightness.

Sholokhov is a breakthrough in Russian literature. The author of “And Quiet Flows the Don” could not be light and changeable submitting to any wind. That was felt and understood by all around him without exception. Look at the photos of the writer in different ages and events: Sholokhov is always in the centre. He involuntarily attracts people’s attention. This is a manifestation of the power of his authority and a tribute to his highest mastery and moral firmness.

Let’s listen attentively to the words belonging to a sincere and objective person. These are the words of Yury Gagarin about Sholokhov: “I saw him talking with the Russians, Ukrainians, Uzbeks, Kirgiz, Bulgarians, Germans, Hungarians, Poles, with young writers from other countries – for each of them he was a close and dear person. The lessons of Sholokhov, these talks can’t be called otherwise, were namely lessons of humanology, lessons of respectful attitude of each nation to others, they were lessons of international brotherhood. The depth of Sholokhov’s penetration into human souls is boundless…”

The people saw him simultaneously being the author of immortal novels and a fighter for peace and justice all over the world, and a wise patron of popular aspirations. And so it was. Sholokhov’s advice was not only support, but often it was a decisive word.

…No, it is not without a reason that the sun blazes over Vyoshenskaya on this May day. It will be so this year and it will be so next year. Because here we have not simply a spring, but Sholokhov Spring!

You are welcome to come and see!

Alexey Kochetov