The Don Flows Home to the Sea
The Don Flows Home to the Sea (1940) is the second half of the great Don epic (Tikhii Don) written by Mikhail Sholokhov. It originally appeared in serialized form between 1928 and 1940. The English translation of the second half of this monumental work appeared under this title in 1940.
The novel follows the fortunes of the Don Cossacks in peace and war, revolution and civil war. The novel depicts the destruction of Cossack society during the Civil War. Grigory Melekhov is the protagonist. The book tells of his tragic affair with Aksinia, the wife of a neighbour, and how he fights for the Reds, the Whites, and the Partisans.
Much of the novel used an earlier, unpublished story Sholokhov wrote in 1925 about the Kornilov affair.
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