The Idiot: A Novel
ISBN: 014311106X
EAN13: 9780143111061
Language: English
Publication Date: Feb 13, 2018
Pages: 432
Dimensions: 0.91" H x 8.27" L x 5.39" W
Weight: 0.73 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book - Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction - Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction

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

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 Read More chevron_right

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   A bittersweet and relatable read
Elif Batuman's The Idiot is so endearing, relatable, and bittersweet. You can easily attach yourself to main character Selin and it feels as though you experience all these firsts alongside her. The perfect coming of age story that is not glamorous, but honest and candid. The writing is witty with pockets of unexpected humor.