Fazil Iskander

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Iskander being awarded the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, 2010

Fazil Abdulovich Iskander (Russian: Фази́ль Абду́лович Исканде́р; Abkhazian: Фазиль Абдул-иҧа Искандер; 6 March 1929 – 31 July 2016) was a Soviet and Russian writer and poet in the former Soviet Union. He wrote about life in the Caucasus.

He wrote various stories, most famously "Zashita Chika", which features a crafty and likable young boy named "Chik." His most popular books are the picaresque novel Sandro of Chegem and its sequel The Gospel According to Chegem.