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The idiot

Author: Elif Batuman
Publisher: New-York : Penguin Books, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard where she signs up for classes in subjects she has never heard of, bedfriends her charismatic Serbian classmate, Svetlana, and, almost by accident, begins corresponding with Ivan, an older mathematics student. Selin may have barely spoken to Ivan, but with each email they exchange, the act of  Read more...
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Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elif Batuman
ISBN: 9780143111061 014311106X
OCLC Number: 1055764375
Description: 1 v. (422 p.) : couv. illustrations en coul. ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Elif Batuman.

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"The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard where she signs up for classes in subjects she has never heard of, bedfriends her charismatic Serbian classmate, Svetlana, and, almost by accident, begins corresponding with Ivan, an older mathematics student. 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. When the school year ends, Ivan goes to Budapest and Selin heads to the Hungarian countryside. Her summer does not resonate with anything she has previously heard about the typical experiences of college students, but rather is the beginning of 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 sensitivity and mordant wit, Elif Batuman dramatizes the uncertainty of life on the cusp of adulthood. 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."

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"Easily the funniest book I've read this year." -GQ "Masterly funny debut novel . . Erudite but never pretentious, The Idiot will make you crave more books by Batuman." -Sloane Crosley, Vanity Fair Read more...

 
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