World War II changed the world. Especially it changed the life of Russian people. The victory of our grandfathers is a symbol of real heroism, because the Soviet Union had been struggling for freedom for 1418 days and nights. So, the victory is invaluable. Nevertheless, nowadays many young people don’t know anything about that war. It means they don’t respect our history. Novel "The Dawns Here Are Quiet" by Boris Vasilyev describes war events very exactly and vividly. It was first published in 1969. The same named feature film based on this novel was nominated for an Oscar in the "Best Foreign Language Film" category in 1973.
This novel features the second year of the war. The main character is Senior Sergeant Vaskov. He is thirty-two and has no family. Vaskov is a commander of a group of young female anti-aircraft gunners. One day, two German soldiers appear in the forest nearby. Vaskov and five of the women decide to stop them. But it turns out there are sixteen enemy soldiers instead of two. Vaskov decides to hold the Germans for as long as possible. He also sends one woman back in order to come with the reinforcements, but she drowns in the swamp. All women are killed in the action. In spite of a serious bullet wound, Vaskov attacks the cabin of enemies, kills some of them and captures the rest of fascists. In the end the reinforcements come.
This book may be interesting for action film fans because plot is very intensive. For me, there is no happy end in this story. It means you may feel sorry for the characters and cry a lot. But if you are not too sensitive, you will like this book anyway.
All in all, this novel is certainly still the example of heroes’ courage and I think all young Russian people should read this novel in order to remember the importance of this event in our history.