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DAUR ZANTARIA (1953-2001) was a poet, writer and screenwriter, born in the Abkhazian village of Tamysh. A graduate of Sukhumi University, he went on to graduate study in film and screenwriting in Moscow. He worked as a journalist and wrote widely in Russian and Abkhazian. In 1996, he moved from Abkhazia to Moscow, where he completed his major work, the novel The Golden Wheel, which is excerpted in this issue.