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Book Talk: Zuleikha

Date & Time

May. 21, 2019
11:00am – 12:00pm ET


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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First published in Russia in 2015, Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes tells a story of survival and renewal during the 1930s Soviet policy of dekulakization and exile, taking the title character on the harrowing journey from a Tatar village to East Siberia. To mark the publication of the English translation of her critically acclaimed novel, award-winning Russian author of Tatar origin Guzel Yakhina discussed the family history she drew inspiration from as well as Russia’s tragic past that provides context for her book.

This book was available for purchase at the event. This event was also in Russian with English translation. The Russian translation is available on Soundcloud.


Guzel Yakhina

Guzel Yakhina

Novelist and scriptwriter
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Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier US center for advanced research on Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, and the surrounding region though research and exchange.  Read more

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