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Guzel Yakhina Wins Big Book Prize

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Guzel Yakhina Wins Big Book Prize


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The Big Book Prize award ceremony took place in Moscow yesterday. Tatar writer Guzel Yakhina won the first prize for her novel Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes, TASS reports. The book won the online readers’ poll earlier.

The book tells the story of settlers from a remote Tatar village, people from different social backgrounds who have to coexist and survive in Siberia. The novel is based on the life story of Guzel Yakhina’s grandmother.

Guzel Yakhina is an alumnus of the Kazan University. She has lived and worked in Moscow for over 15 years. This year, she also won the Yasnaya Polyana Award for her novel.

Valery Zalotukha won the second prize for The Candle, while Roman Senchin’s Flood Zone received the third prize.

The prestigious awards were handed out for a tenth time this year, with authors from Russia and 15 other countries in contention. The jury chose the winners from among about 300 submissions.

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