Srostki cemetery of 1910-1957 years, where V.M. Shukshin's ancestors are buried|
...I seldom envy somebody, but I envy my distant ancestors for their persistence, their immense strength:I wouldn't know what to do with that kind of strength nowadays. I can imagine the effort their journey cost them - from the North of Russia, the Volga and the Don eastwards, to the Altai. I can scarcely imagine it, but they actually made this journey. And if we were not so cautious with fine phrases nowadays, I'd say that I bow my head before their memory, and thank
them with all the depth of feeling that my heart can muster: it was they who won my beautiful homeland - for themselves, for us and those to come after us.