Fazil Iskander

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

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).


Derevo detstva: Rasskazy i povest’. Moscow, 1970.


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The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Just as the United States demonized the Communist bloc as a hostile Other, so courageous Russian writers such as Alexander Zinoviev and Fazil Iskander attempted to subvert the Soviet demonization of the West by parodying the language of officialdom.
Ak Welsapar, who has intimate knowledge of the workings of the Turkmen power structure, has created a satirical tour de force reminiscent of the works of Fazil Iskander and Vladimir Voinovich, two contemporary masters of political satire under the Soviet regime.
Burlingame's article 'The Prose of Fazil Iskander', Russian Literature Triquarterly, 14 (1976), 123-65.
To quote Fazil Iskander, best known for his novel Sandro of Chegem, which was published in mutilated form in the USSR in 1972 and in full in the United States in 1979: "Dictatorship presented a kind of wall which every honest writer was duty bound to hack away at with any instrument he possessed.
"The nation that has Uncle Sandro," declares the Abkhazian Prince Emukhvari in Fazil Iskander's The Gospel According to Chegem, "will never perish." With the publication in English of this second and final volume of Iskander's wry epic, Sandro of Chegem, America gains not only Uncle Sandro but all the vitality and wisdom of Iskander's Caucasian homeland, Abkhazia, a tiny Soviet republic on the east coast of the Black Sea.