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The Idiot

Elif Batuman


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PUBLISHED: 26th April 2018
ISBN: 9780099583172
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'A moving, continent-hopping coming-of-age story' Observer **SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018** Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey turns up at Harvard and finds herself dangerously overwhelmed by the challenges and possibilities of adulthood.
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  • Paperback
    $17.59
PUBLISHED: 26th April 2018
ISBN: 9780099583172
ANNOTATION:
'A moving, continent-hopping coming-of-age story' Observer **SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018** Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey turns up at Harvard and finds herself dangerously overwhelmed by the challenges and possibilities of adulthood.

Annotation

'A moving, continent-hopping coming-of-age story' Observer

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018

Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey turns up at Harvard and finds herself dangerously overwhelmed by the challenges and possibilities of adulthood.

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'A moving, continent-hopping coming-of-age story' Observer

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018

Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey turns up at Harvard and finds herself dangerously overwhelmed by the challenges and possibilities of adulthood. She studies linguistics and literature, and spends a lot of time thinking about what language - and languages - can and cannot do. Along the way, she befriends Svetlana, a cosmopolitan Serb, and obsesses over Ivan, a mathematician from Hungary.

Selin ponders profound questions about how culture and language shape who we are, how difficult it is to be a failed writer, and how baffling love is. At once clever and clueless, Batuman's heroine shows us with perfect hilarity and soulful inquisitiveness just how messy it can be to forge a self.

'I loved it and could have read a thousand more pages of it' Emma Cline, author of The Girls

Author Biography

Elif Batuman has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 2010. She is the author of The Possessed- Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. The recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, and a Paris Review Terry Southern Prize for Humor, she also holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University.

Review

Beautifully written... a wry, funny coming-of-age story set at the dawn of email among a group of Harvard brainiacs too nerdy and self-involved to even think about sex, drugs and drinking. Daily Mail Each paragraph is a small anthology of well-made observations... Batuman has a rich sense of the details of human attachment and lust. -- Dwight Garner New York Times Elif Batuman surely has one of the best senses of humour in American letters. The pleasure she takes in observing the eccentricities of each of her characters makes for a really refreshing and unique bildungsroman; one more fascinated with what's going on around and outside the bewildered protagonist, than what s going on inside her. -- Sheila Heti, author of HOW SHOULD A PERSON BE? and TICKNOR Elif Batuman is a writer whose byline creates a flutter of anticipation... If a dominant mode of her generation is knowing introspection, she writes with a bewildered outrospection that delights in the bathetic and the absurd... It's a novel about being young and stupid that's both wise and clever - and it's a treat. Evening Standard I loved it and could have read a thousand more pages of it. It presented this almost moment-by-moment experience of life, in a way that I just felt Batuman had so much control. There's so much wit and pleasure in her writing you feel very comfortable being in the world she's created. -- Emma Cline, author of THE GIRLS

Prizes

Short-listed for The London Magazine and Collyer Bristow Book of the Year Prize 2018 (UK)
Long-listed for Women's Prize for Fiction 2018 (UK)

Product Details

Author
Elif Batuman
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Year
2018
ISBN-10
0099583178
ISBN-13
9780099583172
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Media
Book
Pages
432
Publication Date
2018-04-26
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade