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A Telegram of M.A. Sholokhov to A.V. Kalinin

The text of the telegram sent for the 60th anniversary of A.V. Kalinin:

“Pukhlyakovskiy Village Rostov Region Anatoliy Kalinin

Dear to my heart man, I cordially congratulate you for your birthday and simultaneously sadden for you setting out for a dull way from the fair, where it was merry and difficult, and rather noisy.

Yours. Mikhail Sholokhov”.

Speaking at one of the literary sessions in the Rostov House of Scientists Sholokhov said about Anatoliy Kalinin: “I love him like my son”.

Anatoliy Veniaminovich, was a prose-writer, poet, follower of the Sholokhov traditions in the Russian literature. His books are widely known: “Barrows”, “Friends”, “Inclement Field”, “Forbidden Zone”, “A War Echo”, “Toll, Bells!”, “No Way Back”, “A Gipsy Man”. He is the author of numerous books about Sholokhov.

A.V. Kalinin is a front fighter, a public man, the laureate of the RSFSR Gorkiy State Prize, he was awarded with the Orders of Lenin, of the October Revolution, of the Patriotic War, of the Red Star, of the Friendship of Peoples, of the Labour Red Banner and other awards.

The first meeting of M.A. Sholokhov and A.V. Kalinin was in 1938, when the editorial board of the “Komsomolskaya Pravda” sent the young Rostov reporter to Vyoshenskaya on business to write an essay “Visiting Sholokhov”. Later in the article “Our Sholokhov” Anatoliy Veniaminovich wrote: “When I came to Sholokhov, he was ill, but received the reporter for the “Komsomolka” in no time. He was 33 then, but his fame spread wide abroad. He was tanned, quite young, and with his all-seeing friendly smile in his big eyes which seemed penetrating. And this impression had remained for ever. As well as the impression of his peculiar wonderful combination of simplicity and grace. As well as in his books with no word in excess. And his attitude to people with no difference in rank and title. He is interested in each man…”.