One of the books that has recently moved me profoundly is Svetlana Alexeivich's Secondhand Time. It is beautiful and journalistic rendition of the people from the Soviet Union, the Russian states, over the years, throughout the Cold War, through Perestroika, up until the last few years. She is an impeccable journalist who deserves her recognition as a Nobel Laureate.
Through many of her interviews, literature and the everyday citizen's experience of reading it feature. The book mentions Sholokhov a lot.
This is a lovely sliver, an old book, wearing its creases like inevitable wrinkles.
Ex Tasmanian College of Advanced Education Library, and published by Oliver and Boyd, of Edinburgh in 1969.