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E.Hemingway: “Among Modern Writers I Like Sholokhov”

19.07.2019

July 21, is the 120th anniversary of Ernest Miller Hemingway, the Nobel Prize winner in literature, in 1954. His work was highly appreciated by another Nobel Prize winner – M.A.Sholokhov. He repeatedly advocated the works by the American author to be published in the Soviet Union.

It is known that Hemingway only once, but warmly and sincerely spoke of the works by M.A. Sholokhov.

These two writers, of course, had different human fates, different writers credos, but there is undoubtedly something important that unites them: knowledge of the subject they write about, a courageous, honest, strong prose and genuine humanism. The words of today’s hero of the day about the challenge of the writer have become winged: “…It is always in writing truthfully, and having realized what is true, the writer is to express it in such a way that it enters the mind of the reader as part of his own experience”. And Sholokhov worded this subject as follows: “To speak honestly with the reader, to tell people the truth – sometimes harsh, but always courageous, to strengthen faith in the future in human hearts ...”

Hemingway’s theme is man, an individual in the era of great world turmoil, wars and crises, his determination to stand on those moral positions which he formed in himself and which he perceives as an eternal value. “Man is not made to suffer defeat. You can destroy a person, but you cannot defeat him”, – this is the position of the classic American literature.

His short stories, novels “A Farewell to Arms”, “To Whom the Bell Tolls”, “Beyond the River, in the Shade of the Trees”, a story “The Old Man and the Sea” are recognized to be masterpieces in the literary world. They are written, as the author modestly noted, “well and fairly truthfully”.

Readers of different countries even in our time continue admiring Hemingway’s prose, which you will not confuse with any other.

Alexey Kochetov