On November 30 Mikhail Sholokhov held a press conference at the USSR Council of Ministers State Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries.
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Background: On November 30 Mikhail Sholokhov held a press conference at the USSR Council of Ministers State Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries. It was attended by representatives of news agencies, magazine reporters, Soviet radio and TV newscasters and foreign journalists.
The newsman congratulated the writer on being awarded the Nobel Prize and wished his good health and success in his work.
One question was followed by another. What are the writer's thoughts shout ways of developing Soviet literature, his attitude towards the novel, to literature. What are the main principle of socialist realism? What are his plans for the future? Mikhail Sholokhov answered all these and other questions laconically and clearly.
Modern Soviet literature, he declared, is developing along the right road.
Answering foreign critics who claim there is no creative freedom in the Soviet Union, Mr. Sholokhov said: Anyone in our country can write about anything he or she pleases. It is all a matter of how it is written and for what purpose. I give my backing to those authors who write honestly.
What is this attitude towards the idea of a round-table discussion of writers from many countries? He expressed the wish for writers of different political outlooks to meet more often, because, he declared, literature like the whole world is indivisible. He said he was very proud to be awarded the Nobel Prize. He asked the news-man to thank all the readers in the USSR and abroad who had sent their congratulations on this presentation.