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Sandro of Chegem

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«Сандро из Чегема» — центральное произведение в творчестве Фазиля Искандера, живого классика русской литературы, подарившего ей теплый свет Абхазии, ее искрящийся темперамент, ее живую, страстную поэзию. Новеллы, составившие роман, выходили в разное время на протяжении многих лет, не раз были экранизированы. И постепенно «плутовской роман» (по определению автора) вырос в ...more
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Published (first published January 1st 1983)
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Katya Kazbek
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 ...more
Helene
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Best dang Abkhazian novel I ever read.
Javier de la Peña Ontanaya
Es una colección de relatos, en ocasiones sobre Sandró de Cheguem y en otras ocasiones relacionados con él, pero con poco o nada que ver. Son relatos todos ellos ambientados en Abjasia durante la era soviética, lo cual ya es curioso e interesante de por sí. Hay muchos elementos de la cultura, historia y día a día de esta región caucásica, que es lo más interesante.

Por lo poco que aparece, Sandró de Cheguem es un verdadero personaje, de esos que marcan época. Por momentos recuerda a Zorba el
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Lakmus
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well, not entirely finished, just a meager 1000 out ~1200 pages. 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 the 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. Roughly. To me this
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Inigo Montoya
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Самый необычный эпос из всех, что я читал/видел.
Огромная книга, состоящая из множества (32) повестей, формально объединённых героями и местом действия, и больше ничем. Разве что ещё юмором — с его помощью Искандер снижает пафос жанра.
Trounin
Легко идти с улыбкой по жизни: улыбаться направо, улыбаться налево, улыбаться, глядя на солнце, улыбаться, глядя под ноги, улыбаться по диагонали, улыбаться идущим сзади, улыбаться горам, улыбаться морю, улыбаться вождю, улыбаться проблемам, улыбаться, начиная дело, улыбаться, улыбаться, улыбаться, а наулыбавшись, сказав множество искромётных слов в адрес всех, кто их мог быть достоин, кто их не мог быть достоин, сугубо из желания улыбаться ещё раз улыбнуться и, дополнив повествование сквозным ...more
Claire
Oct 25, 2007 rated it it was ok
I randomly picked this book up at a used book store last summer, intrigued by the back cover description of Iskander as the "Gabriel García Márquez of Abkhazia." This book is a series of semi-connected episodes, all involving or centering on Sandro, a virile tamada (toastmaster). 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 ...more
Gremrien
Aug 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
I almost hated this book. I am not able to understand why it is so popular. It is funny at some places, but mostly just boring tales about nothing… maybe, with some pretension for “national flavour.” No, “плутовской роман” is not my cup of tea at all.
Wrpainting
Jan 27, 2009 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.
Irish
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Моя любимая книга!
Nemalevich
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Читал, конечно, по-русски. Огромное удовольствие. В третьем томе начинаются рассуждения, поэтому пять с минусом.
Max
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like an Abkhazian Huckleberry Finn.
Victoria A.
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: russian
ПОРА ЕХАТЬ!!!
Ravi Menon
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent book. Little gem, I reread it a few times over the years. Parts of it reads better than magical realism. Comparable to Vargas Llosa.
Suraj
Jul 19, 2009 added it
A great account of life in mofussil USSR under Stalin
Mark
Nov 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Of a different time and place but identifiable at the same time. Amusing.
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aka Фазиль Искандер (Rus)

He was arguably the most famous Abkhaz writer, renowned in the former Soviet Union for his vivid descriptions of Caucasian life, mostly written in Russian. 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 the Abkhaz secessionist strivings
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