RKS Literature: Mikhail Sholokhov “Virgin Soil Upturned”

“Yes, you are right there. Wait a little then, don’t join yet. Well fight relentlessly against all shortcomings in the collective farm; all the collars will be fitted to the right horses. But if you see your old bullocks in your sleep, then you can’t be in the Party. You must come into the Party without any suffering over property. You have to come into the Party when you’re clean all through and are driven by the one thought of achieving the world revolution. My father was comfortably off, and he got me used to the farm from my childhood. But I wasn’t in the least attached to it, the farm meant nothing to me whatever. I gave up a well-fed life and four yoke of oxen to be a poor labourer. So don’t you join until you’ve got clean rid of that scab of property.”

Mikhail Sholokhov, “Virgin Soil Upturned” first published in the USSR in 1932.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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