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Vyoshensky Memorial and Historic Complex

Exhibition “At Hunting and Fishing”

At the memorial estate, where M.A. Sholokhov lived and worked from 1927 till 1935, one of the outbuilding offices displays an exhibition “At Hunting and Fishing”. All the exhibits exposed are authentic,   the writer’s belongings.

Fishing and hunting were a favourite rest for Mikhail Alexandrovich. Enjoying the nature, meeting with interesting people, easy talks enriched the writer, produced indelible impressions on him. Sholokhov seldom set out for hunting or fishing alone. He was usually accompanied by his friends, relatives, often his wife, Mariya Petrovna, who was also a good shot, joined him. The outing parties often lasted several days or even weeks, and were prepared thoroughly.

The exhibition displays a tent and easy folding furniture, which were taken by the Sholokhovs to the expeditions, plates and kitchen utensils, a trivet, a water cask, dry firewood.

The centre of the exposition is the boat, in which Sholokhov went fishing and hunting on the Don River and lakes. In the cupboard there is a hunting coat, boots, hunting belt, beret, rubber boots, field-glasses. There are devices for making cartridges, fishing-lines, hooks, spoon-baits, baits, nets. A particular interest of visitors is drawn by big round constructions of willow rods – hutches for fish.

Sholokhov liked books about nature, subscribed to the magazines “Hunting and Hunting Husbandry”, “Fish-Breeding and Fishing”. Many lines of Sholokhov’s letters were devoted to reflections about the ecological condition of the Don region, to impressions from meetings with interesting people, funny cases occurred in hunting and fishing expeditions. The exhibition allows to get acquainted with some of them.