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An Autograph of Viktor Bokov

Two books with autographs of Viktor Bokov, a poet, collector of folklore, from the private library of M.A.Sholokhov, are kept now in the book collection of the Museum-Reserve.

In his book “Zastrugi” the author devoted to M.A.Sholokhov the following words: “To Mikhail Alexandrovich Sholokhov, the great sculptor of the word and human characters, the first epic poet of the people’s black earth, with the pride of walking on the same earth with him! June, 25, 1959. Viktor Bokov. Moscow, Lomonosov Prospect, 15, flat 40.”

The title page of his second book “Lyrics” bears a gift inscription: “To Mikhail Alexandrovich Sholokhov, people’s conscience, a Yasnaya Polyana of ours, with an incredible love to him. Viktor Bokov. September, 5, 1964. Moscow.”

Viktor Fyodorovich Bokov and M.A.Sholokhov carried on a correspondence and met on several occasions.

Viktor Fyodorovich Bokov is one of the collectors and creators of the modern folk chastushka and the author of the songs “Orenburg Downy Shawl”, “Young Sailor is Going on Leave”, “Oh, Natasha”, and many others. He is an anthologist of “Russian Chastushka”.

Arshak Ter-Markariyan, a Rostov poet, remembers: “…Recently I visited Stanitsa Vyoshenskaya again. I came to the Museum Estate. A heavy snow was falling on the gray marble stone, on which “Sholokhov” stood out like blood through bandages.

I was standing silent, repeating at heart the poetry sent to me by the well-known Soviet poet Viktor Bokov:

Do you remember Sholokhov called me

And welcomed me hospitably and thriftily.

I gave him your names, and he said:

 “Be as the father for them, Viktor.”

 

Elena Kleimenova