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Batuman, Elif 1977-

Overview
Works: 18 works in 97 publications in 12 languages and 3,587 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Travel writing  Bildungsromans  Anecdotes  Historical fiction  Novels  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Pictorial works  Podcasts 
Roles: Author, Narrator
Classifications: PS3602.A9237, 813.6
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Most widely held works by Elif Batuman
The idiot by Elif Batuman( Book )

32 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and Dutch and held by 1,697 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A portrait of the artist as a young woman. A novel about not just discovering but inventing oneself. The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She signs up for classes in subjects she has never heard of, befriends her charismatic and worldly Serbian classmate, Svetlana, and, almost by accident, begins corresponding with Ivan, an older mathematics student from Hungary. Selin may have barely spoken to Ivan, but with each email they exchange, the act of writing seems to take on new and increasingly mysterious meanings. At the end of the school year, Ivan goes to Budapest for the summer, and Selin heads to the Hungarian countryside, to teach English in a program run by one of Ivan's friends. On the way, she spends two weeks visiting Paris with Svetlana. Selin's summer in Europe does not resonate with anything she has previously heard about the typical experiences of American college students, or indeed of any other kinds of people. For Selin, this is a journey further inside herself: a coming to grips with the ineffable and exhilarating confusion of first love, and with the growing consciousness that she is doomed to become a writer. With superlative emotional and intellectual sensitivity, mordant wit, and pitch-perfect style, Batuman dramatizes the uncertainty of life on the cusp of adulthood. Her prose is a rare and inimitable combination of tenderness and wisdom; its logic as natural and inscrutable as that of memory itself. The Idiot is a heroic yet self-effacing reckoning with the terror and joy of becoming a person in a world that is as intoxicating as it is disquieting. Batuman's fiction is unguarded against both life's affronts and its beauty--and has at its command the complete range of thinking and feeling which they entail"--
The possessed : adventures with Russian books and the people who read them by Elif Batuman( Book )

29 editions published between 2010 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 1,176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literally and metaphorically following the footsteps of her favorite authors, Batuman searches for the answers to the big questions in the details of lived experience, combining fresh readings of the great Russians, from Pushkin to Platonov, with the sad and funny stories of the lives they continue to influence--including her own
The best American travel writing by Paul Theroux( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an anthology of the best travel writing published in 2013, selected from magazines, newspapers, and web sites
The best American travel writing 2017 by Jason Wilson( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an anthology of the best travel writing published in 2017, selected from magazines, newspapers, and web sites
The idiot by Elif Batuman( )

7 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of the artist as a young woman. A novel about not just discovering but inventing oneself. The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She signs up for classes in subjects she has never heard of, befriends her charismatic and worldly Serbian classmate, Svetlana, and, almost by accident, begins corresponding with Ivan, an older mathematics student from Hungary. Selin may have barely spoken to Ivan, but with each email they exchange, the act of writing seems to take on new and increasingly mysterious meanings. At the end of the school year, Ivan goes to Budapest for the summer, and Selin heads to the Hungarian countryside, to teach English in a program run by one of Ivan's friends. On the way, she spends two weeks visiting Paris with Svetlana. Selin's summer in Europe does not resonate with anything she has previously heard about the typical experiences of American college students, or indeed of any other kinds of people. For Selin, this is a journey further inside herself: a coming to grips with the ineffable and exhilarating confusion of first love, and with the growing consciousness that she is doomed to become a writer. With superlative emotional and intellectual sensitivity, mordant wit, and pitch-perfect style, Batuman dramatizes the uncertainty of life on the cusp of adulthood. Her prose is a rare and inimitable combination of tenderness and wisdom; its logic as natural and inscrutable as that of memory itself. The Idiot is a heroic yet self-effacing reckoning with the terror and joy of becoming a person in a world that is as intoxicating as it is disquieting. Batuman's fiction is unguarded against both life's affronts and its beauty--and has at its command the complete range of thinking and feeling which they entail.From the Hardcover edition
Die Besessenen : Abenteuer mit russischen Büchern und ihren Lesern by Elif Batuman( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in German and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The possessed : adventures with Russian books and the people who read them by Elif Batuman( )

4 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of The Economist's 2011 Books of the Year THE TRUE BUT UNLIKELY STORIES OF LIVES DEVOTED ABSURDLY! MELANCHOLICALLY! BEAUTIFULLY! TO THE RUSSIAN CLASSICS No one who read Elif Batuman's first article (in the journal n+1) will ever forget it. "Babel in California" told the true story of various human destinies intersecting at Stanford University during a conference about the enigmatic writer Isaac Babel. Over the course of several pages, Batuman managed to misplace Babel's last living relatives at the San Francisco airport, uncover Babel's secret influence on the making of King Kong, and introduce her readers to a new voice that was unpredictable, comic, humane, ironic, charming, poignant, and completely, unpretentiously full of love for literature. Batuman's subsequent pieces for The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and the London Review of Books have made her one of the most sought-after and admired writers of her generation, and its best traveling companion. In The Possessed we watch her investigate a possible murder at Tolstoy's ancestral estate. We go with her to Stanford, Switzerland, and St. Petersburg; retrace Pushkin's wanderings in the Caucasus; learn why Old Uzbek has one hundred different words for crying; and see an eighteenth-century ice palace reconstructed on the Neva. Love and the novel, the individual in history, the existential plight of the graduate student: all find their place in The Possessed. Literally and metaphorically following the footsteps of her favorite authors, Batuman searches for the answers to the big questions in the details of lived experience, combining fresh readings of the great Russians, from Pushkin to Platonov, with the sad and funny stories of the lives they continue to influence including her own. Jacket Illustration ' 2017 Roz Chast
Les possédés : Mes aventures avec la littérature russe et ceux qui la lisent by Elif Batuman( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in French and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Los poseídos : [aventuras con libros rusos y con las personas que los leen] by Elif Batuman( )

3 editions published in 2011 in Spanish and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mezcla de memorias, crítica literaria y libro de viajes, éste es un divertido y original ensayo sobre la literatura, el amor y los grandes interrogantes de la vida. Un éxito internacional, publicado en más de diez países y elegido entre los mejores libros del año. Siguiendo los pasos de sus autores rusos favoritos, Elif Batuman busca en estas páginas las respuestas a los grandes interrogantes de la vida. El amor y la novela, el individuo en la Historia, las crisis existenciales de los estudiantes recién licenciados: todos encuentran su lugar el Los poseídos. Al adentrarnos en este libro nos convertimos en cómplices de todos los amantes de la literatura rusa, y nos unimos a la autora para investigar con ella un posible asesinatao en la finca del Tolstoi, reproducir los paseos de Pushkin en el Cáucaso o aprender por qué en uzbeko antiguo hay cien palabras para el verbo llorar. Los poseídos combina magistralmente las lecturas de los grandes autores rusos, desde Pushkin hasta Platonov, con las comedias y tragedias de las vidas sobre las que su literatura sigue ejerciendo una gran influencia, incluida la de la propia autora
Die Idiotin Roman by Elif Batuman( Book )

3 editions published in 2017 in German and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two rivers by Carolyn Drake( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Idioten roman by Elif Batuman( Book )

3 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in Norwegian and Swedish and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Året er 1995. E-post er et nytt fenomen. Tyrkisk-amerikanske Selin går sitt første år på Harvard. Hun melder seg opp i ukjente fag, blir kjent med den karismatiske Svetlana og starter en lengre e-postutveksling med en eldre matematikkstudent, ungarske Ivan. Selin har knapt vekslet et ord med Ivan i det virkelige liv, og opplever at korrespondansen fører dem inn i et stadig mer absurd forhold. Ved slutten av skoleåret reiser Ivan hjem til Budapest, mens Selin skal til den ungarske landsbygda for å undervise i engelsk. På vei dit tilbringer hun to uker i Paris sammen med Svetlana. Sommerferien skal vise seg å bli alt annet enn Selin har forventet. «Idioten» beskriver livets usikkerheter på terskelen til voksenlivet. Det er et portrett av kunstneren som ung kvinne, en roman ikke bare om å oppdage, men også om å oppfinne seg selv. Elif Batuman har doktorgrad i litteratur og har vært fast skribent i The New Yorker i en årrekke. Dette er hennes første roman. Omtalen er utarbeidet av BS
The windmill and the giant : double-entry bookkeeping in the novel by Elif Batuman( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Besatta Äventyr med ryska böcker och människor som läser dem by Elif Batuman( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in Swedish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dantejskie piekiełko by Elif Batuman( )

1 edition published in 2012 in Polish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Besatta äventyr med ryska böcker och människorna som läser dem by Elif Batuman( Recording )

1 edition published in 2012 in Swedish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Besatta : äventyr med ryska böcker och människorna som läser dem by Elif Batuman( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in Swedish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Djinn's bottle : readings in the Oriental, the confined, and the nonlinguistic by Elif Batuman( )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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The possessed : adventures with Russian books and the people who read them
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Elif Batuman American writer and academic

Elif Batuman Amerikaans schrijfster

Elif Batuman amerikai írónő

Elif Batuman escriptora, acadèmica i periodista estatunidenca

Elif Batuman US-amerikanische Journalistin, Hochschullehrerin und Autorin

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