Ilsur Metshin met with the Kazan writer Guzel Yakhina
Photo by Denis Gordiyko
May 7, Ksenia Shvetsova). Ilsur Metshin, the Mayor of Kazan, met with the writer
Guzel Yakhina today. The author discussed with Mayor the filming of her first
novel “Zuleikha opens her eyes” and presented her new novel “My Children” to
the head of the Tatarstan’s capital.
novel by Kazan writer Guzel Yakhina will appear on the shelves of bookstores in
the second half of May. Guzel Yakhina will present the book personally to Kazan
readers. Several meetings will be held in the capital of Tatarstan on June 5,
where she will present a new novel. “The novel has long been ready, the first
print run has been printed. The first presentation will be held in Moscow on
May 14, when the books are already on sale”, said G. Yakhina. “The novel “My
Children” tells about the Volga Germans, about the fate of the German autonomy
on the Volga in 1918-1941”.
first time, the lines from the new novel were sounded during the last Russian
“Total Dictation”. It was the main text for the dictation. “I read out tiny
bits of the adapted version of the novel In Vladivostok”, noted the writer.
things, Guzel Yakhina and the Mayor of Kazan discussed the filming of the debut
book of the writer “Zuleikha opens her eyes”. The novel, which tells of
dekulakization in the 1930s, brought fame to the author and won many awards,
including the “Bolshaya Kniga”, “Yasnaya Polyana”, and “The Book of the Year”
awards, as well as the “Star Ticket”, which is held as part of the annual Kazan
to the writer, preparations for the shooting of the film have now begun. But
since the project is expensive and time-consuming, it is too early to speak
about any specific results. “This complicated project requires a lot of
traveling, filming in various places: Kazan, near Kazan, in the Tatar village,
in the Siberian forest. And this Siberia cannot be shot somewhere near Kazan or
St. Petersburg, it should be a wild forest”, said G. Yakhina. “I want this to
be a high-quality special project. So it's clear that all this lasts a long
time because the preparation of a good serial project is at least a few years”.
planned to film the novel in a multi-part film, in total it will consist of 8
episodes. Now there is a preparatory work and adaptation of the script. But the
writer already has dreams about who could play the main character in the film,
the Tatar peasant woman, to who experiencing all the difficulties of the times
of dispossession. “My dream is unchanged: I would very much like Chulpan
Khamatova to play the main role in the film”, shared G. Yakhina. “I gladly
repeat this every time, I see only her in this role, and even at the stage of
writing the novel I pictured her as the heroine”.
The head of the city wished success in the large-scale
project and promised to give the Kazan author possible support.
Guzel Yakhina was born in Kazan in 1977, graduated from the
Kazan State Pedagogical University and the Moscow School of Cinema. The debut
novel “Zuleikha opens her eyes”, which made the writer famous, was written in