Guzel Yakhina was born in Kazan and graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Languages of the Tatar State University of Humanities and Education. In 1999, she moved to Moscow, where she studied at the Moscow Screenwriting Academy. Yakhina began her writing career with publications in the journals Oktyabr, Neva, Sibirskije Ogni. Her debut novel "Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes" received a great deal of attention both by readers and critics and was shortlisted for the Russian Booker and Novaja Slovesnost. It also took the first prizes of the Big Book and the Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award (in the nomination "XXI Century").
The novel is about a Tatar woman Zuleikha, a peasant living in a remote village and sent into exile to Siberia during Stalin’s dekulakization after her husband is killed. This is a fascinating story about endurance and love and as Ludmila Ulitskaya noted in the foreword: "it gets right to the reader's heart".
The novel discussion will take place at the Republic’s Library for Children and the Youth (Pushkinskaya St., 200).
All are welcome to attend.