Guzel Yakhina, Russian writer, was born in 1977. She is a graduate of Kazan State Pedagogical Institute. The chapters from Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes novel were first published in Siberian Lights periodical. In 2015, Yakhina became the laureate of the state literary award The Big Book as well as received Yasnaya Polyana and The Book of the Year awards.
The novel Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes was translated into 20 languages. In 2019, Guzel Yakhina once again was awarded with The Big Book award for My Children novel.