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The Resource The idiot, Elif Batuman

The idiot, Elif Batuman

Label
The idiot
Title
The idiot
Statement of responsibility
Elif Batuman
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
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DLC
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1977-
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Batuman, Elif
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • Women college students
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Turkish Americans
Label
The idiot, Elif Batuman
Instantiates
Publication
Note
This book was purchased with funds raised during the 2015/2016 Community Partners Campaign. Thank you, Anonymous. 39341021891562
Control code
19216605
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
423 pages
Isbn
9781594205613
Lccn
2016029596
Label
The idiot, Elif Batuman
Publication
Note
This book was purchased with funds raised during the 2015/2016 Community Partners Campaign. Thank you, Anonymous. 39341021891562
Control code
19216605
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
423 pages
Isbn
9781594205613
Lccn
2016029596

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      901 S. Edward St, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7E 6R2, CA
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      285 Red River Road, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7B 1A9, CA
      48.436426 -89.223125
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