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Sholokhov’s Library was Added with a Book “Satires” by Juvenal D.

10.08.2016

The Internet project “In Search of the Lost Library” aroused a great interest of bibliophiles and booksellers. Recently, within the frames of the project, a book “Satires” by Juvenal Decimus was found and added to the book collection of the Museum-Reserve of M.A.Sholokhov. This book is an analogue of that existed in Sholokhov’s prewar library.

M.A.Sholokhov collected for his library the most significant books published in the Soviet Union. Booksellers remembered that from the late 1920s M.A.Sholokhov often asked them for acquisition of this or that book. A bibliophile and collector, who worked in 1929, in the Moscow bookshop “Nedra” wrote: “Mikhail Alexandrovich came to the shop just before the closing time. Looking through the catalogue “Literaturnaya Knizhnaya Lavka” the writer began selecting the works by Russian and foreign classics”.

In Sholokhov’s library, ancient literature was widely represented. There were mainly books of AKADEMIA publisher house including the edited in 1937 “Satires” by Juvenal Decimus Junius, a Roman poet and satirist of the late I – the early II centuries AD. According to literature historians Juvenal enables of getting a deeper knowledge about the Rome of that time, of comprehending and realizing a number of events of the later European, including Russian, literature. Juvenal is the author of many aphorisms used by now, for example, “My tongue is my enemy”.

Soon, Juvenal’s “Satires”, as well as other books, will be “put on the shelf” of the virtual library of the writer.

Lyudmila Pazogreyeva