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Shinkuba, Bagrat Vasil’evich
Born Apr. 29 (May 12), 1917, in the village of Chlou, in what is now Ochamchira Raion, Abkhazian ASSR. Soviet Abkhazian writer and state and public figure. People’s Poet of Abkhazia (1967). Member of the CPSU from 1946.
Shinkuba graduated from the Sukhumi Pedagogical Institute in 1939. He first published his works in 1935. He is the author of two novels in verse: My Countrymen (1950), which is about the postwar life of kolkhozniks, and Song of the Cliff (1965; Russian translation, 1967; film version entitled The White Bashlyk), which describes the revolutionary events in Abkhazia from 1905 to 1907. Shinkuba’s other works include the novella Chanta Has Come (in Russian, 1969) and the historical novel The Last to Leave (1974; Russian translation, 1976).
Shinkuba has been a member of the Auditing Commission of the Communist Party of Georgia since 1976. Since 1958 he has been a candidate member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Georgia and chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Abkhazian ASSR. He was a deputy to the fifth convocation of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. Shinkuba has been awarded the Order of Lenin, three other orders, and several medals.
WORKSlalkaau ifymtakua, vols. 1–2. Akua, 1967–68.
In Russian translation:
Izbrannoe. [Introduction by K. Simonov.] Moscow, 1976.