Elif Batuman

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Elif Batuman


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Elif Batuman (born in 1977, in New York City) is an American author, academic, and journalist. Born in New York to Turkish parents, she grew up in New Jersey. She graduated from Harvard College, and received her doctorate in comparative literature from Stanford University, where she taught. Batuman is currently the writer-in-residence at Koç University. While in graduate school, Batuman studied the Uzbek language in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Her dissertation, titled "The Windmill and the Giant: Double-Entry Bookkeeping in the Novel," is about the process of social research and solitary construction undertaken by novelists. In 2007, she was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award. In February, 2010, she published her first book, ...more

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For some reason which I’m sure isn’t sinister at all, the sunsets these days have been amazing.


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The Idiot

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The Possessed: Adventures W...

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Constructed Worlds

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n+1 Issue 9: Bad Money

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No Regrets: Three Discussions

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n+1 Issue 7: Correction

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n+1 Issue 2: Happiness

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“I found myself remembering the day in kindergarten when the teachers showed us Dumbo, and I realized for the first time that all the kids in the class, even the bullies, rooted for Dumbo, against Dumbo's tormentors. Invariably they laughed and cheered, both when Dumbo succeeded and when bad things happened to his enemies. But they're you, I thought to myself. How did they not know? They didn't know. It was astounding, an astounding truth. Everyone thought they were Dumbo.”
Elif Batuman, The Idiot

“I didn't care about truth; I cared about beauty. It took me many years--it took the experience of lived time--to realize that they really are the same thing.”
Elif Batuman, The Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them

“A few times I saw a chicken walking around importantly, like some kind of a regional manager.”
Elif Batuman, The Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them
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