Mikhail Sholokhov's book introduces the reader to a New World that is not merely the Don Region but the world of the author's inimitably poetic prose. Sholokhov gave fifteen years of his life to the creation of And Quiet Flows the Don. He began the first book at the age of twenty, in 1926. The last was finished in 1940. A writer who had his roots deep among the people, Sholokhov was a deputy to the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, a well-known public figure and a member of the Academy of Sciences. His books have been translated into 58 languages. And Quiet Flows the Don has gone through over 170 editions in the USSR amounting to more than eight and a half million copies. Mikhail (Aleksandrovich) Sholokhov (1905-1984) was a Russian writer who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1965. Sholokhov's best-known work is the novel And Quiet Flows the Don (1926-40). While Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace (1863-69) immortalized the Napoleonic campaigns to the eve of the Decembrist revolt, And Quiet Flows the Don showed the destruction of the Cossacks and the birth of a new society.