Books: Extraordinary--for Russia

HARVEST ON THE DON (367 pp.) —Mikhail Sholokhov— Knopf ($5).

Publication of this novel was held up for two years in the Soviet Union because of its "ideological deviations." Reportedly, it took Nikita Khrushchev himself to talk stubborn Author Sholokhov into revising the ending (although Sholokhov denies it), in which his Communist hero committed suicide after being jailed on false charges during the Stalin purges. Even with its patchy, rewritten last chapter — the hero is now killed by White counter-revolutionists — Harvest on the Don is an extraordinary book to come officially from Russia. It is frankly critical of much in...

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