Яхина, Гузель Шамилевна / Yakhina, Guzel Shamilevna and Каримова, Алена / Karimova
Вопросы литературы. 2016 (3):151-159
Г. Яхина, А. Каримова, современная русская литература, татарская литература, советская история, редакция Елены Шубиной, G. Yakhina, A. Karimova, Contemporary Russian Literature, Tatar literature, and 'Elena Shubina Publishing'
В беседе поэта, переводчика с тюркских языков А. Каримовой с писателем, лауреатом премии «Большая книга» Г. Яхиной идет речь как об истории создания романа «Зулейха открывает глаза» - самого яркого дебютного романа минувшего года, - так и о современной литературе в целом, а также о взаимосвязи советского прошлого и культурного настоящего. Poet and translator from Turkic languages A. Karimova talks to author G. Yakhina, winner of the 2015 Bolshaya Kniga Prize, about writing the winning novel, Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes [ Zuleikha otkryvaet glaza ], the outstanding first novel of 2015, contemporary literature in general and the relationship between the Soviet past and contemporary culture. Yakhina reflects on her aim in writing the novel, its prototypes, allusions to Soviet literature, and its historical and cultural framework. Since the book effectually sits at the confluence of two different ethnic mindsets - Russian and Tatar - the conversation covers various linguistic and semantic points and explains the Tatar component for the Russian reader. The interview touches upon Yakhina’s work as scriptwriter and the way the poetics of the TV mini-series, the so-called ‘must-see-TV’, influences contemporary prose.
Kazan Tatars--Fiction, Labor camps--Soviet Union--Fiction, Farmers--Relocation--Fiction, and Forced migration--Soviet Union--Fiction
The year is 1930. In a small Tartar village, a woman named Zuleikha watches as her husband is murdered by communists. Zuleikha herself is sent into exile, enduring a horrendous train journey to a remote spot on the Angara River in Siberia. Conditions in the camp are tough, and many of her group do not survive the first difficult winter. As she gradually settles into a routine, Zuleikha starts to get to know her companions. The eclectic group includes a rather dotty doctor, an artist who paints on the sly, and Ignatov, Zuleikha's husband's killer. Together, the group starts to build a new life, one that is far removed from those they left behind. Guzel Yakhina's smooth prose describes Zuleikha's adjustment to a new reality and her discovery of a new form of happiness, and covers a range of cultural, ethnic, religious and socio-political issues. This outstanding debut novel from an exciting new talent has been showered with prizes and is capturing the hearts of readers all over the world.