Zuleikha Opens Here Eyes named the best translated novel of the 2018 in Iran
Zeinab YONESI, the Persian translator of Guzel Yakhina's award-winning novel “Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes,” (released in 2018 by Niloofar publishing house) has received the 2018 Abolhassan Najafi Award for the best translated novel.
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Set in a psychiatric clinic in Moscow in the long decades of late-Soviet stagnation, Before and During sweeps the reader away from its dismal surroundings on a series of fantastical excursions into the Russian past. The novel invokes real historical events and people (Tolstoy, Madame de Staël, Saint John of Kronstadt, Alexander Scriabin, and Stalin, among others), swirling them into a phantasmagoric alternative chronology. Stories germinate within other stories, unfolding in astonishing variations.
We meet Leo Tolstoy’s twin brother, eaten by the great writer in his mother’s womb, only to be born as Tolstoy’s ‘son’; the philosopher-hermit Nikolai Fyodorov, who believed that the common task of humanity was the physical resurrection of their ancestors; a self-replicating Madame de Staël who, during her second life, is carried through plague-ridden Russia in a...
Prix Médicis (1996, France) Literature Prize Giuseppe Acerbi (1998, Italy)
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The heroine, Sonechka, reveals a love and loyalty at once astounding in its generosity and...