Guzel Yakhina (b.1977 in Kazan, Tatarstan) is a Russian novelist and scriptwriter of Tatar origin. She graduated from the Kazan State Pedagogical University, and received her PhD at the Moscow Filmmaking School.
In 2015, Yakhina’s debut novel Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes became a major literary event of the year in Russia, and later was translated into more than 30 languages.
Yakhina has received the following awards for her work:
Prix Médicis étranger finalist, France 2017
Les prix du magazine "Transfuge" de la rentrée littéraire, France 2017
Winner of the 2015 Big Book literary award
Winner of the People's Choice open online voting for the 2015 Big Book literary award
Winner of the 2015 Yasnaya Polyana award
Winner of the People's Choice open online voting of the 2015 Yasnaya Polyana award
Winner of the 2015 "Ticket to the Stars" prize
Winner of the 2015 Best Prosaic Work of the Year prize