SOVIET UNION: A Matter of Plagiarism

When the U.S.S.R.'s most popular novelist, Mikhail Sholokhov, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1965, he was acclaimed by the Swedish Academy for "the artistic force and integrity" of his four-part classic The Quiet Don. This week his fellow Nobel prizewinner, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, accused Sholokhov of plagiarism in a preface to a critical study of The Quiet Don* published in Paris. Solzhenitsyn declared that the real author of the epic tale of Don Cossacks in World War I and the Russian civil war was Fyodor Kryukov, a Cossack writer.

Kryukov is...

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