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Elif Batuman (born in 1977) is an American author, academic, and journalist.[1]

Early life[edit]

Elif Batuman was born in New York City to Turkish parents, and grew up in New Jersey. She graduated from Harvard College, and received her doctorate in comparative literature from Stanford University.[2] 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,[3] is about the process of social research and solitary construction undertaken by novelists.[1]


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,[4] Harper's Magazine,[5] and n+1,[6][7] which details her experiences as a graduate student. Her writing has been described as "almost helplessly epigrammatical."[2]

Batuman was writer-in-residence at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey [8] from 2010 to 2013. Now she lives in New York.[9]




  • Two Rivers. Carolyn Drake, self-published, 2013. ISBN 978-0-615-78764-0. Edition of 700 copies. By Carolyn Drake. Accompanied by a separate book with a short essay by Batuman and notes by Drake.




  1. ^ a b Slate review of "The Possessed"
  2. ^ a b New York Times review of "The Possessed"
  3. ^ I am a doctor.
  4. ^ New Yorker articles
  5. ^ Harper's Magazine articles
  6. ^ n+1 articles
  7. ^ 'The Meaning of Russia', Oxonian Review
  8. ^ "Department of English Language and Comparative Literature - Elif Batuman". Koç University. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  9. ^ Bio of Elif Batuman, New Yorker contributors page.
  10. ^ Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award recipients
  11. ^ http://www.whiting.org/awards/winners/elif-batuman

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The New Yorker
Sun, 31 Jan 2016 20:52:30 -0800

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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:00:00 -0800

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The Atlantic

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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:26:15 -0800

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Sun, 23 Aug 2015 21:00:04 -0700

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Publishers Weekly
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:11:15 -0800

John Knight, an associate editor at FSG who worked on Back to Moscow, compares it to The Possessed (FSG, 2010), Elif Batuman's nonfiction work dealing with Russian literature. “This book fits well into this ongoing impulse to examine what it's like to ...

The New Yorker

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Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:22:30 -0700

By Elif Batuman · Share · Tweet. Credit Illustration by Boyoun Kim. Of the many passages that gave me pause when I first read “Lady Chatterley's Lover,” in high school, the one I remember the most clearly is this conversation between Connie, Clifford ...

The New Yorker

The New Yorker
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:45:00 -0700

The word “marriage” occurs about a hundred times in Gillian Flynn's novel “Gone Girl”; there are sixty instances of “husband.” “Wife” maxes out the Kindle search feature at a hundred instances in the first hundred and forty-seven pages—that's just ...

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