Crimea is one of the most important places in the life of the writer Ivan Shmelyov. Here he loved to relax and work, dreamed of having his own creative workshop. In Crimea, the writer lived through all the horrors of the civil war, hunger and the most terrible loss — on March 3, 1921, the Bolsheviks shot his only son Sergei, a 24-year-old disabled officer, in Feodosia. Based on his experiences, Shmelev wrote the epic «The Sun of the Dead», in which he spoke about the war, repression and famine. The work describes in detail the life of the Crimean Tatars of that time.