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To ask other readers questions about Sandro of Chegemplease sign up. Lists with This Book. I’ll review this in English even though I read it in Russian. I wish it was more popular among English-speaking people with a knack for world lit, because it’s just as insufferably delicious as some of the best Latin American novels, like Lezama-Lima’s “Paradiso” or “One Hundred Years of Solitude” to which it draws comparisons for themes and year of publication. It was my favorite, life-transforming book as a young adult and rereading it now I understood more things, and was peeved by some thing I’ll review this in English even though I read it in Russian.

It was my favorite, life-transforming book as a young adult and rereading it now I understood more things, and was peeved by some things, but loved it none the less. I have no idea how editing in publishing houses worked in the USSR, but while reading some parts of the book I was aching for a blue pen. The narrative drifts and shifts, there are random observations from the narrator which take away from the plot, and some fact checking omissions, like Paul Robeson being called Roy Royson, are glaring.

However, the stories that Iskander tells are simply remarkable, unique, covering the history of Abkhazia from sometime in the Byzantinian era to USSR circa 70s, all through the lens of the history of one big family, its happiness and pain, the births of children and untimely deaths of others.

There is Stalin and collectivization, a magical quest for a princess in a fortress, slavery, displacement, blackness, heroin addiction, corruption, crime, a bunch of wars, endless romantic dramas, a sassy mule, a determined buffalo, and a bunch of lovesick donkeys. And of course in the middle of it all, Sandro Chegemba, Abkhazian feast MC extraordinaire, a skilled dancer, and a man who never doubts himself, although this self-assuredness is not offensive but endearing.

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It’s essentially 31 novellas loosely linked by plot.

Some novellas are perfect, others take time and patience to get through but the rewards are worth it each time. Abkhazia may not be a known destination on the literary map of the world but it sure does have its Great Abkhazian Novel.

Apr 17, Helene rated it it was amazing. Best dang Abkhazian novel I ever read. Jan 23, Lakmus rated it really liked it. But I am going to call this a day, mostly for reasons irrelevant to the quality of the book. Read in the original Russian, as published by “Azbuka” in the “Big Book” series.

Great quality, by iskandwr way, this gargantuan volume is really sturdy. As for the book itself, it is a collection of short stories roughly revolving around one particular village in Abhasia, roughly focusing on Uncle Sandro and his adventures. To me this book was described as a work that ‘placed Abhasia’ on the map of the literary world, the same way as Colombia was placed there by “One Hundred Years of Solitude”. And it does pretty much that, although with less magic and more realism, except maybe for the heartbreaking chapter told from the perspective of the village buffalo.

That one is just a work in its own right, imo. It doesn’t follow any plot — it sort of throws you at the deep end, like you were just spat out from a space-time traveling machine on the road to Chegem, and are being lead through all the meaningless and fascinating nuances of local life, with its gossip, old squabbles and unpaid iekander, love affairs and daily routine. You can read it all together or as individual stories, probably in any order, too. Like life itself, this book has no fazll beginning or end, it islander runs out of pages on both sides.

Oct 25, Claire rated it it was ok. It was interesting to learn some about Abkhazian culture and the changes brought about by the rise of communism I had never even heard of Abkhazia before; formerly part of the USSR, it is now a de facto but unofficially independent republic located within Georgiabut this book did not ever fully hold my attention.

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Some chapters stood out, especially Tali, Miracle of Chegemthe final episode, and The Tale of Old Khabug’s Mulewhere the point of view unexpectedly shifts to Sandro’s father’s mule.

I’m certainly not sorry I read it, but I was relieved to finally reach the end.

Aug 27, Staren rated it did not like it. I almost hated this book. I am not able to understand why it is so popular. Jan 27, Wrpainting rated it really liked it. It’s been a while, but I loved the comic terror of Sandro as toastmaster at an important dinner that included Lavrentiy Beria, chief of soviet security, and probably Stalin’s assassin. Jan 08, Irish rated it it was amazing.

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Jul 19, Nemalevich rated it it was amazing. Jan 12, Max rated it really liked it. Like an Abkhazian Huckleberry Finn. Sep 14, Victoria A.

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He has written various stories, most famously “Zashita Chika”, which star a crafty and likable young boy named “Chik”. The most famous intellectual of Abkhazia, he distanced himself from isksnder Abkhaz secessionist strivings in the late s and criticised both Georgian and Abkhaz communities of Lskander for their ethnic prejudices.

He warned that Abkhazia could become a new Nagorno-Karabakh. He was probably best known in the English speaking world for Sandro of Chegem, a picaresque novel that recounts life in a fictional Abkhaz village from the early years of the 20th century until the s, which evoked praise for the author as “an Abkhazian Mark Twain.

Cazil humor, like Mark Twain’s, has a tendency to sneak up on you instead of hitting you over the head. This rambling, amusing and ironic work has been considered as an example of magic realism, although Iskander himself said he “did not care for Latin American magic realism in general”. A section of the novel dealing iakander Sandro’s encounter with Joseph Stalin was made into the Russian film Baltazar’s Feasts, or a Night with Stalin in Iskander lived in Moscow fwzil was a writer for the newspaper Kultura.

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