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The Goatibex Constellation

Fazil Iskander

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-1075-7
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8

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Praised by The New York Times Book Review as “an Abkhazian Mark Twain,” Fazil Iskander was one of the most acclaimed writers in the Soviet Union—and also one of the funniest. The Goatibex Constellation is the story of a young newspaperman who returns to his native Abkhazia and is soon caught up in the publicity campaign for a newly produced farm animal—a cross between a goat and a West Caucasian tur. What follows is a vicious and hilarious satire of the Soviet Union’s top-down approach to agriculture, genetics…and just about everything else. Harshly criticized at home upon its publication in 1966, The Goatibex Constellation is as fresh, imaginative, and damning today as it was then.

Praise for Fazil Iskander:

“Iskander’s flights of fancy and seemingly inexhaustible ability to weave fantastic tales have led to frequent comparisons between his work and that of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Iskander takes a worthy place in the tradition of Russian satirists, the Gogol of Dead Souls, the Nabokov of Lolita.” —Los Angeles Times

Fazil Iskander was born in 1929, in Sukhumi, in the Soviet Union. He is the author of many stories, novels, and novellas, including Sandro of Chegem and Rabbits and Boa Constrictors, the latter also published by Ardis. He lives in Moscow.

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