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Sholokhov’s Greetings for Leningrad School Leavers

In 2008 the writer’s elder daughter, Svetlana Mikhailovna Sholokhova granted for the funds of the Museum-Reserve of M.A. Sholokhov a photo reproduction on silk by a Leningrad artist I. Narovlyanskiy “Scarlet Sails” bearing the best wishes of M.A. Sholokhov  for the Leningrad school leavers of 1973.

Addressing to the boys and girls of Leningrad Sholokhov wrote: “Each man in his youth sails in a brigantine. However, a real man goes under scarlet revolutionary sails. The sailing man inevitably gets into “the boisterous fortieth latitudes”. And just here the quality of the rigging, the willpower and the skill of the brigantine captain have to undergo severe trials. It is important that in all circumstances both the sails and those who go under them should withstand! M. Sholokhov”.

This wish-address was written at the request of Svetlana Mikhailovna, who was asked by the friend of the Sholokhov-Turkovs family Arnold Yanovich Vitol, a film scenario writer, who made screen scripts founded on “The Don Stories” by M.A. Sholokhov.

In the spring of 1973 A.Y. Vitol worked over a scenario of the city school leavers’ ball. According to his scheme the girls and boys were invited to the Neva embankment, where at the roadsted there was a brigantine, and each Leningrad school-leaver of 1973 was handed in a photo reproduction bearing the words of Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov.

About two thousand Leningrad school-leavers got a pass to adult life with the wish of the writer.