Elif Batuman (born in 1977) is an American author, academic, and journalist.
Born in New York City 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. While in graduate school, Batuman studied the Uzbek language in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Her dissertation, 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 February, 2010, she published her first book, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, based on material previously published in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and n+1, which details her experiences as a graduate student. Her writing has been described as "almost helplessly epigrammatical."
She currently resides in Istanbul, Turkey, where she is the writer-in-residence at Koç University.
- ^ a b Slate review of "The Possessed"
- ^ a b New York Times review of "The Possessed"
- ^ I am a doctor.
- ^ New Yorker articles
- ^ Harper's Magazine articles
- ^ n+1 articles
- ^ 'The Meaning of Russia', Oxonian Review
- ^ Koç University writer-in-residence
- ^ Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award recipients
- ^ Whiting Writers' Award
Elif Batuman and Ben Greenman In Conversation
Elif Batuman, author of The Possessed, and Ben Greenman, author of Celebrity Chekhov, discuss their books and more with Jewcy.com.
Elif Batuman at Cúirt 2011
Elif Batuman reads from her book: The Possessed, Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, at Cúirt International Festival of Literature, G...
Elif Batuman& Geoff Dyer Q&A at Cúirt 2011 (Part 1)
Galway City Arts Officer James C. Harrold chairs a Q&A session with authors Elif Batuman and Geoff Dyer at Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Galway...
Global Art Forum_7: (MENA) Middle East Nervous Anxiety_1 (Polemic by Elif Batuman)
Where are we right now? Is it Near, Middle or Far? Where does it begin? Does it ever end? Writer and contributor to The New Yorker magazine, Elif Batuman. 17...
n+1 Presents Lightning Rods (1/2)
Part 1: Introduction and dramatic reading Presented in partnership with acclaimed literary magazine n+1, this evening featured a dramatic reading of scenes f...
Jaipur Literature Festival : Conversation on The Global Shakespeare
Jaipur Literature Festival is an annual literary festival taking place in the Indian city of Jaipur since 2006. Asia's biggest literary festival, it was desc...
The NewYorker - Elif Batuman - BELOVED BEŞIKTAŞ
The NewYorker - Elif Batuman - BELOVED BEŞIKTAŞ.
Global Art Forum_7: MENA_1 (Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Elif Batuman, Koyo Kouoh, & Ala Younis)
Where are we right now? Is it Near, Middle or Far? Why does it unnerve the West? Why is it sometimes referred to as "the region" (for lack of a better name)?...
Elif Batuman @ MWF 2010 Dog's Tales (UNOFFICIAL)
Elif Batuman reads an excerpt of 'The Possessed' for Dog's Tales @ The Toff, a Melbourne Writers Festival 2010 event.
Elif Batuman& Geoff Dyer Q&A at Cúirt 2011 (Part 2)
Galway City Arts Officer James C. Harrold chairs a Q&A session with writers Elif Batuman and Geoff Dyer at Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Galway...
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:25:54 -0700
... spokeswoman Kim Royster says the uncensored and open dialogue was good for the city. Best part of #myNYPD = pics of dogs being frisked pic.twitter.com/vHfmQHIHds. — Elif Batuman (@BananaKarenina) April 23, 2014. © Copyright (c) The Province.
New Yorker (blog)
New Yorker (blog)
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:38:34 -0700
If this were the case, as Elif Batuman writes in her essay about “program fiction,” this system would “not generate good books, except by accident.” Luckily, it's a lot more complicated than that. It's not that this collection doesn't show that—in ...
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:22:30 -0700
Além de Sorókin, a organização da Flip 2014 já anunciou como convidados Etgart Keret, Michael Pollan, Graciela Mochkofsky, Danel Alarcón, Jorge Edwars, Joël Dicker, Juan Villoro e Elif Batuman. Tags: Flip, Flip 2014, Vladímir Sorókin · Share on Tumblr ...
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