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Said centaur will ride you to the last page in a few evenings, no doubt about that, the book is amazing. But the author has potential for so much more!

View all 11 comments. While I was reading, i was at 5 stars, at 2 stars, at 3 stars and at 4 stars.

Mean : 3,5. Somehow the end saved the book, even though "cheezy". It started very powerful, i loved the first part. And it was good until the first winter in the colony ended.

After that it became boring. There were more than boring pages. I think the problem was that, as with so many other books, there was a plain presentation of facts, from the writer's point of view.

We are introduced to a lot of characters, howe While I was reading, i was at 5 stars, at 2 stars, at 3 stars and at 4 stars.

We are introduced to a lot of characters, however they have supporting roles and we never learn more about them. Why the doctor deserved to have his story told and Isabella didn't?

Or the painter. Or even Gorelov? I think also that Ignatov deserved more, but it was all-right. Because this story isn't only about Zuleiha. I thought it was, but I was wrong.

Lukka the fisher - who was he? Maybe more about the "Four angels" and less about the hunting. From the historic point of view, the book is very good in presenting the facts.

I found myself searching the Internet about Kazan the capital of Tatastan. But as i said, that was almost it.

I hoped for more power, because the power was there there are some terrifying scenes described greatly by Yakhina.

Good book, could have been a great book. View 2 comments. I'm glad I did open my eyes when I picked up this book from the bookshop couple of weeks ago.

It deserves an immense bouquet of stars. It just feels like the book itself was part of myself even before reading it. The fact that it was enthusiastically acknowledged by Lyudmila Ulitkaia and Evgheni Vodolazkin [I simply love these two writers] triggered more intense focus and highlighted intent on starting the reading journey without any doubt on the quality of this experience.

I could relate the he I'm glad I did open my eyes when I picked up this book from the bookshop couple of weeks ago. I could relate the heavy body of the story to other beautiful gems read before.

It gently reminded me of Andrei Makine novels [one of my earlier crushes] which I felt as impressive and powerful epics of human life.

Even if there are no pages more to cover, it feels that the story is open to continue. I have enjoyed it so very much [some chapters were tremendously heart-touching and thought-provoking] and I know I shall open my eyes on it again.

Fortunately it rests safely not far away from my reach now. Apr 14, Claire rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , historical-fiction , russian-literature , women-in-translation , translated , around-the-world I really enjoyed this novel and I have been thinking about its unique perspective and character, that it is story about a woman who is sent to a labour camp, imagined by a young woman who was inspired to write it by the memories of her own grandmother and it has been translated from Russian into English by a woman.

One of my favourite books The Industry of Souls by Martin Booth was set in a Russian gulag, yet these are very different books.

In his novel I was seduced by the writing, the mystery, I really enjoyed this novel and I have been thinking about its unique perspective and character, that it is story about a woman who is sent to a labour camp, imagined by a young woman who was inspired to write it by the memories of her own grandmother and it has been translated from Russian into English by a woman.

In his novel I was seduced by the writing, the mystery, his observations of the smallest details, it wasn't a translated novel so it perhaps had more opportunity to soar in terms of language.

Zuleikha is a perplexing story because we meet this young woman right from the first pages and we fear for her. Not because she might be taken away and sent to a labour camp, but because she lives in fear of her husband and her nasty, manipulative, ancient mother-in-law.

She is going to encounter hardship, but ironically she is also going to encounter a kind of freedom in that hardship.

And so the while it is a journey to the camp and a life under the control of a commandant, it is a transformation for her, that will introduce to her to different kinds of suffering and moments of happiness.

And then there is the Commandant, who is also one of the main characters, his life too will undergo a transformation, of a different kind.

A thought provoking, interesting story and reflection, not at all brutal or hard to read, the author writes with compassion for her characters and brings out something more than what we come to expect from stories set in prison-like environments.

My full review here at Word by Word , including a little on the history of the Gulag, April marks years since they first started.

View all 5 comments. Jan 31, Marjorie rated it really liked it. Zuleikha lives with her abusive husband, Murtaza, and her mother-in-law whom she thinks of as the Vampire Hag in Soviet Russia in Her life with them is a very hard one.

It takes them many difficult months on a train to get there, with many dying along the way. The other survivors include a painter, a mind sickened doctor and the man who killed her husband, Commander Ignatov.

Together th Zuleikha lives with her abusive husband, Murtaza, and her mother-in-law whom she thinks of as the Vampire Hag in Soviet Russia in Together they begin to build a new life for themselves.

This is a powerful Russian saga, giving an immense overview of life under communist rule. It covers such a wide range of political and religious issues.

This author is a master at painting an image of the world as it was then in Russia for dekukalized peasants. I felt like I was watching a movie on a huge screen as I read this book.

The author is also a filmmaker so that may well be why the book has such a cinematic feel to it. This book was given to me by the publicist in return for an honest review.

Twenty stars. More if I could. This is the best book I have read all year. It is a hard book, a cruel book, about a hard and cruel time and the people that were forced to live through it.

It is about what it means to be a woman, a mother, a man, a servant of the state, an individual in the face of unspeakable cruelty, and still come out of the other side a human being.

There are people you will love in this book, and people you will hate. There are people you will feel you've lived years and yea Twenty stars.

There are people you will feel you've lived years and years with. The author is extremely skilled and knows when to advance the plot and when to slow down.

And more importantly, she doesn't spare the reader, she doesn't sugarcoat, she doesn't offer false reassurances.

She assumes the reader is an intelligent person and capable of understanding the enormity of the cruelty of the s in Russia.

If you read Russian, you must read this book. I hear there is an English translation in the works. May 04, Ieva Andriuskeviciene rated it liked it Shelves: audio-books.

I will get a lot of hate for this but my dark soul was not touched by this book at all. Found it too unrealistic too heroic and style was too primitive.

Characters not deep and very simple and uncomplicated. Like you knew what to expect from all of them. Domestic life was interesting, Zuleikha herself was ok, but too simple.

I understand why it is so popular and why everyone liked it but not my cup of tea at all. View all 6 comments. A piece of classic Russian literature brougt to 21st century by unique talent of its author.

This is her debut, yet from the first paragraph I could recognise a writer. I enjoyed the story, the characters, the language, the nature in the book.

Grand, grand prose that distracted me from prosaic things in the whole week. I will try to write more when I find time. Classic in every sense.

Yet it was written in 21st century! I thought long about getting going with another 30's exile camp life novel, but in the end it was something entirely different that emerged.

I was really in love with the flow of prose, and the amazing fresh way the author distills everything down to the human feelings. The prose is just so pure and unburdened, almost in the zen sense.

As in that episode where Ignatov knows he is about to be demoted and he may be punished, or worse, and he just takes his brown jacket and brushes it down, and wri I thought long about getting going with another 30's exile camp life novel, but in the end it was something entirely different that emerged.

As in that episode where Ignatov knows he is about to be demoted and he may be punished, or worse, and he just takes his brown jacket and brushes it down, and writes out a new document for Yousuf, and tosses the old one in the fire.

Or the way in multiple episodes the old doctor goes and treats his patients and gets about practicing medicine and being a human being. And how the nature is so vast and immense in Siberia that it dwarfs and absorbs everyone who lives on the banks of the great river, even the ones who are sort of in command, trying to instill fear in others Despite the initial scenes of death and horror of the dispossession of the wealthy peasants and city intellectuals, and their transit into exile, once the characters are inducted to a self sufficient life in the harsh Siberian landscape, it is amazing how quickly their lives settle into a routine of any regular village for times immemorial, despite their prior diverse backgrounds - it almost seems like they are "free".

Freedom being a relative term in any regard in Russian lit and life, they are certainly part of a bigger worldwide fabric of dreaming searching souls Really, this delicate prose is about how everyone gets to be just a human being with their own human actions in any time capsule, and to live their lives out, and to teach a young pure soul to dream View all 4 comments.

Jan 19, Elvina Zafril rated it really liked it Shelves: times-reads. A thought provoking and interesting story. It started off strong with the beautiful words just like reading a classic story but the fact that it was written in this modern world.

The story takes place in Sorviet Russia in to She lost her four daughters and had to bury them because she has a terrible condition living with abusive husband and the worst mother in law.

It wa A thought provoking and interesting story. When the communist soldiers take over the farm, she witnessed the murder of her husband.

I was very satisfied with what they did to her husband because he was abusing her wife like an animal. After the death of her husband, Zuleikha has been sent to Siberia and they were ruled by the communists.

Zuleikha had a terrible life since then. You may find the characters that you will like and also the characters that you will hate most in this book.

The plot was good and I just have this problem with the consistency and the rhythm of the story where there were some parts that excite me and then suddenly it dropped became slower.

To be honest, this story was quite heavy for me. So many cruelty and horrific events. The author did a great job I must say with the beautiful writing and inspiring story about surviving.

Thank you Times Reads for sending me a copy of Zuleikha in return for an honest review. This book is available at all good bookstores.

Nov 02, Vicki rated it it was amazing Shelves: pages , cultural-foreign-country , tower-teams-vii , releases , historical-fiction , contemporary.

This book is an amazing historical fiction book, Russian, and the author's debut novel. It's an award winning book as well as being nominated for several others.

After reading it I can see why. Zuleikha was taken in at the age of 15 by "Vampire Hag" as she is called by Zuleikha. She is Zuleika's mother-in-law, and she is just as nasty as Zuleikha's husband, Murtaza, if not worse.

It's 's in Soviet Russia. Zuleikha goes through terrible conditions, she lost four daughters and had to bury them. She lives day in and day out with a demeaning mother-in-law and abusive husband.

I was a bit sickened reading some of the abuse she took and then turned around and thought if she were a good wife So many abused women somehow can excuse away their husband's behavior by thinking if only the would fill in the blank , and there's nothing further from the truth.

One day the communist soldiers go to take over their farm and she witnesses the commander, Ignatov, murder Murtaza.

You'd think that might be a good thing, but then she is shipped off to Siberia. The conditions were brutal and sadly too realistic to what life was like at that time under communist rule.

I highly recommend this book to everyone. It's incredibly well-written and researched, from what I can tell.

Aug 27, Rick Slane rated it it was amazing Shelves: want-more-like-this , fiction , historical-fiction , history , novels , russian-literature , art , frontier.

Highly recommended, wonderfully translated tale of Stalin's Soviet Union from the late 's until Feb 03, Sam rated it really liked it.

This award winning Russian historical fiction may prove to be disappointing for those worried about historical accuracy or believability, but it is an entertaining adventure tale of a woman transported during dekulakization.

Apr 01, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: c21st , russia. It's always worthwhile keeping an eye on the Asian Review of Books , and it is thanks to them that I discovered Zuleikha, a big, bold, beautiful historical novel from Russian author Guzel Yakhina.

The book was the winner of the Big Book literary prize and the Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award, and it's starting to get attention in the English speaking world now that there is a superb translation by Lisa C Hayden who blogs about classic and contemporary Russian fiction here.

Beginning in the Stalini It's always worthwhile keeping an eye on the Asian Review of Books , and it is thanks to them that I discovered Zuleikha, a big, bold, beautiful historical novel from Russian author Guzel Yakhina.

Beginning in the Stalinist era of dekulakisation , according to Wikipedia and continuing to the aftermath of WW2, the novel tells the story of a brow-beaten woman whose life is transformed by this brutal policy.

Zuleikha is a Muslim Tatar who also believes in ghosts and spirits, performing both the Islamic religious rituals under the guidance of the local mullah while also placating the malevolent local ghosts and spirits with sacrifices of food and other offerings.

She is terrorised by her despotic mother-in-law, who though deaf and blind, still rules the roost and has systematically destroyed Zuleikha's self-confidence, taunting her about the loss of her four baby daughters and foretelling nothing but doom.

Zuleikha calls her the Vampire Hag, but never to her face Ironically, given that he was responsible for millions of deaths, it is Stalin and his policy of collectivisation that rescue Zuleikha from Murtaza her brute of a husband and this dreadful life.

In order to take state control of agriculture, Stalin declared the kulaks, who were independent and comparatively wealthy peasants, as class enemies.

As the story opens the 'Red Hordesmen' were making their way through rural areas, deporting the kulaks and arresting or summarily executing any who resisted.

Murtaza who is stupid as well as brutal meets his end, and Zuleikha along with thousands of others, is put on a train for a nightmare journey to Siberia.

The author's own grandmother made a similar journey, which probably accounts for the authenticity of the details.

This brutal experience is confronting to Zuleikha's entire identity. Although married, she is used to sleeping in separate quarters, and she would not normally venture out of her house in the company of any man not her kin.

She feels naked without her headscarf when it has to be used for other purposes, and even the way she is forced to speak is alien to her. Modesty is a virtue so it doesn't befit a decent woman to say "I" a lot without reason.

The Tatar language is even constructed so you could live your whole life without once saying "I". No matter what tense you use to speak about yourself, the verb will go into the necessary form and the ending will change, making the use of that vain little word superfluous.

It's not like that in Russian, where everybody goes out of their way to put in "I" and "me" and then "I" again. What he doesn't realise, though the careful reader will notice, is that his friend Bakiev is getting him out of harm's way before an imminent purge.

It took me a long time to finish this book, longer than I had estimated at the beginning. The first chapters had me devouring the pages one after another.

I was excited to finally read about this conflicted woman, one so very different that the usual heroines we get in contemporary literature.

Zuleiha's interior monologue was the kind of literature I so desperately wanted. However, as the story progresses, we get this mixture, It took me a long time to finish this book, longer than I had estimated at the beginning.

However, as the story progresses, we get this mixture, this soup of characters thrown together and which we stop seeing from Zuleiha's point of view.

The way these characters are developed seems chaotic and shallow. We stop following our heroine, which only gets to intervene from time to time, while the author turns her eyes towards other people, but in a way that is neither coherent nor satisfying my need for getting to know them.

I would have liked this novel a lot better if Guzel Yakhina kept the style from the first few chapters and only described Zuleiha's companions from her POV, instead of going back and forth between characters and ending up not fully developing either of them.

The action also feels rushed as the novel moves towards it's conclusion. While the events in the first part move at a slower pace, as we read on, entire chinks of time are missing or sped through, something that did not feel at all satisfying to me.

But, to end on a high note, what I most liked about "Zuleiha Being from the ex-Soviet space myself and having grandparents that were either deported or relocated during the communist period, this novel gave me an idea, albeit crippled, about the struggled and sufferings of the people affected by the communist regime.

I felt, throughout the novel, the raw hatred I still have for Russians, communists and the Western countries that didn't interfere and let this part of the world be subjected to dehumanising actions, to physical and psychological torture.

The colour added by the Tatar culture that transpired throughout the first part of the novel is fantastic and I cannot for the life or me understand why the author, a Tatar herself, decided to forgo everything about it after the first chapters.

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It deserves an immense bouquet of stars. It just feels like the book itself was part of myself even before reading it.

The fact that it was enthusiastically acknowledged by Lyudmila Ulitkaia and Evgheni Vodolazkin [I simply love these two writers] triggered more intense focus and highlighted intent on starting the reading journey without any doubt on the quality of this experience.

I could relate the he I'm glad I did open my eyes when I picked up this book from the bookshop couple of weeks ago. I could relate the heavy body of the story to other beautiful gems read before.

It gently reminded me of Andrei Makine novels [one of my earlier crushes] which I felt as impressive and powerful epics of human life. Even if there are no pages more to cover, it feels that the story is open to continue.

I have enjoyed it so very much [some chapters were tremendously heart-touching and thought-provoking] and I know I shall open my eyes on it again.

Fortunately it rests safely not far away from my reach now. Apr 14, Claire rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , historical-fiction , russian-literature , women-in-translation , translated , around-the-world I really enjoyed this novel and I have been thinking about its unique perspective and character, that it is story about a woman who is sent to a labour camp, imagined by a young woman who was inspired to write it by the memories of her own grandmother and it has been translated from Russian into English by a woman.

One of my favourite books The Industry of Souls by Martin Booth was set in a Russian gulag, yet these are very different books.

In his novel I was seduced by the writing, the mystery, I really enjoyed this novel and I have been thinking about its unique perspective and character, that it is story about a woman who is sent to a labour camp, imagined by a young woman who was inspired to write it by the memories of her own grandmother and it has been translated from Russian into English by a woman.

In his novel I was seduced by the writing, the mystery, his observations of the smallest details, it wasn't a translated novel so it perhaps had more opportunity to soar in terms of language.

Zuleikha is a perplexing story because we meet this young woman right from the first pages and we fear for her. Not because she might be taken away and sent to a labour camp, but because she lives in fear of her husband and her nasty, manipulative, ancient mother-in-law.

She is going to encounter hardship, but ironically she is also going to encounter a kind of freedom in that hardship.

And so the while it is a journey to the camp and a life under the control of a commandant, it is a transformation for her, that will introduce to her to different kinds of suffering and moments of happiness.

And then there is the Commandant, who is also one of the main characters, his life too will undergo a transformation, of a different kind.

A thought provoking, interesting story and reflection, not at all brutal or hard to read, the author writes with compassion for her characters and brings out something more than what we come to expect from stories set in prison-like environments.

My full review here at Word by Word , including a little on the history of the Gulag, April marks years since they first started. View all 5 comments.

Jan 31, Marjorie rated it really liked it. Zuleikha lives with her abusive husband, Murtaza, and her mother-in-law whom she thinks of as the Vampire Hag in Soviet Russia in Her life with them is a very hard one.

It takes them many difficult months on a train to get there, with many dying along the way. The other survivors include a painter, a mind sickened doctor and the man who killed her husband, Commander Ignatov.

Together th Zuleikha lives with her abusive husband, Murtaza, and her mother-in-law whom she thinks of as the Vampire Hag in Soviet Russia in Together they begin to build a new life for themselves.

This is a powerful Russian saga, giving an immense overview of life under communist rule. It covers such a wide range of political and religious issues.

This author is a master at painting an image of the world as it was then in Russia for dekukalized peasants. I felt like I was watching a movie on a huge screen as I read this book.

The author is also a filmmaker so that may well be why the book has such a cinematic feel to it. This book was given to me by the publicist in return for an honest review.

Twenty stars. More if I could. This is the best book I have read all year. It is a hard book, a cruel book, about a hard and cruel time and the people that were forced to live through it.

It is about what it means to be a woman, a mother, a man, a servant of the state, an individual in the face of unspeakable cruelty, and still come out of the other side a human being.

There are people you will love in this book, and people you will hate. There are people you will feel you've lived years and yea Twenty stars.

There are people you will feel you've lived years and years with. The author is extremely skilled and knows when to advance the plot and when to slow down.

And more importantly, she doesn't spare the reader, she doesn't sugarcoat, she doesn't offer false reassurances. She assumes the reader is an intelligent person and capable of understanding the enormity of the cruelty of the s in Russia.

If you read Russian, you must read this book. I hear there is an English translation in the works. May 04, Ieva Andriuskeviciene rated it liked it Shelves: audio-books.

I will get a lot of hate for this but my dark soul was not touched by this book at all. Found it too unrealistic too heroic and style was too primitive.

Characters not deep and very simple and uncomplicated. Like you knew what to expect from all of them. Domestic life was interesting, Zuleikha herself was ok, but too simple.

I understand why it is so popular and why everyone liked it but not my cup of tea at all. View all 6 comments.

A piece of classic Russian literature brougt to 21st century by unique talent of its author. This is her debut, yet from the first paragraph I could recognise a writer.

I enjoyed the story, the characters, the language, the nature in the book. Grand, grand prose that distracted me from prosaic things in the whole week.

I will try to write more when I find time. Classic in every sense. Yet it was written in 21st century! I thought long about getting going with another 30's exile camp life novel, but in the end it was something entirely different that emerged.

I was really in love with the flow of prose, and the amazing fresh way the author distills everything down to the human feelings.

The prose is just so pure and unburdened, almost in the zen sense. As in that episode where Ignatov knows he is about to be demoted and he may be punished, or worse, and he just takes his brown jacket and brushes it down, and wri I thought long about getting going with another 30's exile camp life novel, but in the end it was something entirely different that emerged.

As in that episode where Ignatov knows he is about to be demoted and he may be punished, or worse, and he just takes his brown jacket and brushes it down, and writes out a new document for Yousuf, and tosses the old one in the fire.

Or the way in multiple episodes the old doctor goes and treats his patients and gets about practicing medicine and being a human being.

And how the nature is so vast and immense in Siberia that it dwarfs and absorbs everyone who lives on the banks of the great river, even the ones who are sort of in command, trying to instill fear in others Despite the initial scenes of death and horror of the dispossession of the wealthy peasants and city intellectuals, and their transit into exile, once the characters are inducted to a self sufficient life in the harsh Siberian landscape, it is amazing how quickly their lives settle into a routine of any regular village for times immemorial, despite their prior diverse backgrounds - it almost seems like they are "free".

Freedom being a relative term in any regard in Russian lit and life, they are certainly part of a bigger worldwide fabric of dreaming searching souls Really, this delicate prose is about how everyone gets to be just a human being with their own human actions in any time capsule, and to live their lives out, and to teach a young pure soul to dream View all 4 comments.

Jan 19, Elvina Zafril rated it really liked it Shelves: times-reads. A thought provoking and interesting story. It started off strong with the beautiful words just like reading a classic story but the fact that it was written in this modern world.

The story takes place in Sorviet Russia in to She lost her four daughters and had to bury them because she has a terrible condition living with abusive husband and the worst mother in law.

It wa A thought provoking and interesting story. When the communist soldiers take over the farm, she witnessed the murder of her husband.

I was very satisfied with what they did to her husband because he was abusing her wife like an animal. After the death of her husband, Zuleikha has been sent to Siberia and they were ruled by the communists.

Zuleikha had a terrible life since then. You may find the characters that you will like and also the characters that you will hate most in this book.

The plot was good and I just have this problem with the consistency and the rhythm of the story where there were some parts that excite me and then suddenly it dropped became slower.

To be honest, this story was quite heavy for me. So many cruelty and horrific events. The author did a great job I must say with the beautiful writing and inspiring story about surviving.

Thank you Times Reads for sending me a copy of Zuleikha in return for an honest review. This book is available at all good bookstores.

Nov 02, Vicki rated it it was amazing Shelves: pages , cultural-foreign-country , tower-teams-vii , releases , historical-fiction , contemporary.

This book is an amazing historical fiction book, Russian, and the author's debut novel. It's an award winning book as well as being nominated for several others.

After reading it I can see why. Zuleikha was taken in at the age of 15 by "Vampire Hag" as she is called by Zuleikha. She is Zuleika's mother-in-law, and she is just as nasty as Zuleikha's husband, Murtaza, if not worse.

It's 's in Soviet Russia. Zuleikha goes through terrible conditions, she lost four daughters and had to bury them. She lives day in and day out with a demeaning mother-in-law and abusive husband.

I was a bit sickened reading some of the abuse she took and then turned around and thought if she were a good wife So many abused women somehow can excuse away their husband's behavior by thinking if only the would fill in the blank , and there's nothing further from the truth.

One day the communist soldiers go to take over their farm and she witnesses the commander, Ignatov, murder Murtaza. You'd think that might be a good thing, but then she is shipped off to Siberia.

The conditions were brutal and sadly too realistic to what life was like at that time under communist rule. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

It's incredibly well-written and researched, from what I can tell. Aug 27, Rick Slane rated it it was amazing Shelves: want-more-like-this , fiction , historical-fiction , history , novels , russian-literature , art , frontier.

Highly recommended, wonderfully translated tale of Stalin's Soviet Union from the late 's until Feb 03, Sam rated it really liked it.

This award winning Russian historical fiction may prove to be disappointing for those worried about historical accuracy or believability, but it is an entertaining adventure tale of a woman transported during dekulakization.

Apr 01, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: c21st , russia. It's always worthwhile keeping an eye on the Asian Review of Books , and it is thanks to them that I discovered Zuleikha, a big, bold, beautiful historical novel from Russian author Guzel Yakhina.

The book was the winner of the Big Book literary prize and the Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award, and it's starting to get attention in the English speaking world now that there is a superb translation by Lisa C Hayden who blogs about classic and contemporary Russian fiction here.

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