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The Exhibition “The Fate of a Man is the Fate of the People” is Opened in Belgorod

21.02.2017

On February 17, 2017, the exhibition “The Fate of a Man is the Fate of the People” was opened in Belgorod. It is a joint project of two museums – the National M.A.Sholokhov Museum-Reserve and the Belgorod State Historical Art Museum-Diorama “The Battle of Kursk. Belgorod Direction”.

The exhibition opening ceremony was joined by the museum community, creative intellectuals, mass media, school and university students.

O.A.Anistratenko, Director of the Museum-Reserve of M.A.Sholokhov, underlined that the exhibition was opened in the year of the 30th anniversary of the Museum-Diorama and on the eve of the Memory Day of M.A.Sholokhov. This project is a tribute to the great writer and to all who fought for our Country. In his story “The Fate of a Man” Sholokhov spoke about the hardships the Soviet people experienced, and he was the first to raise the issue of the war prisoners, whose lives were deeply tragic. A few dozen pages of the story show the fate of the great Russian people.

The visitors were attracted by the documents telling about the front life of the writer, his personal belongings, readers’ letters, the pictures by the artists Y.Rebrov, Kukryniksy, A.Glukhovtsev, who reflected dramatic life situations and national characters in their illustrations to the story. The story “The Fate of a Man” published in the newspaper “Pravda” in 1957, overwhelmed millions of people. It was perceived by the readers as a statement in defence of those who fought the enemy without sparing his life and continued his fight even in the Nazi torture chambers.

The writing table of Sholokhov was just inundated with letters coming from all parts of the country and abroad, they were written by workers and farmers, doctors and teachers, young people and front soldiers; there were letters from people who like the hero of the story survived Nazi captivity, and from the families of those who died at the front. Many of these letters are shown at the exhibition.

A special place in art is taken by the filming of the story. The truthful and manful picture “The Fate of a Man” made by the film director S.Bondarchuk became a perfect artistic realization of a national grief and suffering. The fragments of the film shown at the exhibition opening ceremony were perceived

very emotionally by the visitors. They also liked the short film “Pages of the Story” made by the film directors B.Kryzhanovsky and M.Tereshchenko.

M.A.Sholokhov had worked in literature for six decades. His books containing lots of bright inimitable images spread in millions of copies around the world and are widely known. The story “The Fate of a Man” was published 185 times in 60 foreign languages having a circulation of more than 15 mln copies.

The exhibition in Belgorod will run from February 17, until May 14, 2017.

 

Nina Noskina
Irina Panchenko