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Soviet writer Fazil Iskander, whose works are known for their humorous descriptions of daily life in the Caucasus and satirical take on society under Communism, died Sunday.A top student, Iskander managed to get accepted into the prestigious Gorky literary institute in Moscow and worked as a provincial journalist early in his career.Iskander lived in Moscow for most of his life and had participated in politics briefly in the Congress of People's Deputies, a democratically-elected legislative body established by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1989 .Iskander's centerpiece "Sandro of Chegem" is an epic three-volume novel about the traditional Abkhaz mountain village of Chegem, in which an eccentric cast of characters deals with the often surreal Soviet reality.
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