|Forbidden Fruit and Other Stories, by Fazil Iskander|
|Friday, 07 October 2011 11:55|
Fazil Iskander (born 1929) is a much admired and decorated Abkhazian writer. He chose to write in through the medium of Russian, and he is regarded by many as one of the finest of modern writers in this language. It would be wrong, however, to conclude that he does not know Abkhaz, an insulting charge laid against him by Georgian nationalists at the start of the recent Georgian-Abkhazian conflict in the late 1980s. Anyone wishing to familiarise themselves with the patterns of traditional Abkhazian life, Abkhazian attitudes and general culture can do no better than read Iskander’s works, notably Sandro of Chegem. One of Iskander’s popular characters, a young Abkhazian boy named Chik, has recently been modelled in bronze and set on the sea-front of the Abkhazian capital, Sukhum.
an Abkhazian Mark Twain By Susan Jacoby (The New York Times, May 15, 1983)