Fazil Abdulovich Iskander

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Iskander, Fazil’ Abdulovich


Born Mar. 6, 1929, in Sukhumi. Soviet Russian writer.

Iskander graduated from the Gorky Institute of Literature in 1954. He is the author of the poetry collections Mountain Paths (1957), Green Rain (1960), The Springtime of the Sea (1964), and Dawns of the Earth (1966). Iskander’s poetry is marked by vividness and fresh, graphic imagery. He began writing prose in 1962, publishing the collections of short stories The Thirteenth Labor of Heracles and Forbidden Fruit and the satirical novella Kozlotur’s Constellation (all in 1966). His prose, for the most part autobiographical, is distinguished by its lyricism, humor, subtle psychology, and philosophical character. Iskander wrote the screenplay for A Time of Lucky Finds (1970, with G. S. Gabai).


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