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“In Search of the Lost Library”

15.07.2016

The Museum-Reserve of M.A.Sholokhov continues the project “In Search of the Lost Library”. Within its realization the Museum collection is added with the books analogous of those existed in the prewar library of the writer.

The old residents of Vyoshenskaya, the members of the family of M.A.Sholokhov remember that in 1942, when the front of the Great Patriotic War was approaching Vyoshenskaya, the writer’s library and a part of his archives were thoroughly packed, placed in the lorry and taken in the direction of the Stalingrad Region, to a safer place, as it seemed then. The further fate of this cargo is unknown, the library was lost on the roads of the war.

The private book collection can tell a lot about its owner and his interests. That is why it is very important for the Museum-Reserve to recreate the library of M.A.Sholokhov. For this purpose, the Internet project “In Search of the Lost Library” was started and currently goes on. Recently, the collection was replenished with a book: R.Kipling. “Short Stories”. Moscow–Leningrad. AKADEMIA. 1936. It is an analogue of that found in the private library of M.A.Sholokhov.

M.A.Sholokhov is known to be fond of reading books about nature, travellings and travellers, about the importance of nature in man’s life. The selected works included in this book of stories refer to the most brilliant working period of Kipling (1886–1900) and are entirely devoted to the Indian theme closest to the writer in the prime of his talent. Many of the stories included in the book were translated into Russian for the first time.

Lyudmila Razogreyeva