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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, where she taught.[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]







  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. ^ Whiting Writers' Award

External links[edit]

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New York Times

New York Times
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:00:42 -0700

And I think Elif Batuman and Teju Cole are exploding with promise. You've written a column on science books for The Boston Globe. What are your favorite science books? “The Lives of a Cell,” by Lewis Thomas; “On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore ...

The New Yorker

The New Yorker
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 ...

Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times
Sun, 12 Jul 2015 13:15:00 -0700

The writer Elif Batuman, in a review of 'Gone Girl', described marriage as “an abduction”. Over a decade ago, the cartoonist Michael Shaw raised the question in a cartoon, 'Gays and lesbians getting married — haven't they suffered enough?' The ...


Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:06:44 -0700

Reviewing Wallace's 2012 posthumous collection of essays Both Flesh and Not, Gideon Lewis-Kraus argued that Wallace had taught the generation of journalists who came after him — writers like Jamison, Elif Batuman, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Tom Bissell, ...

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 ...

The Millions

The Millions
Mon, 13 Jul 2015 03:00:39 -0700

As Elif Batuman did for Russian literature in The Possessed and Olivia Laing did for alcoholic writers in The Trip to Echo Spring, so Eby does for Southern writers in her second book. A displaced Southerner now living in Brooklyn, Eby peers into ...

The New Yorker

The New Yorker
Tue, 07 Apr 2015 16:37:30 -0700

Paleontologists have been saying for more than a century that brontosauruses were really apatosauruses. Credit Image from ullstein bild / Getty. For the first time in more than a century, admirers of the brontosaurus no longer need to defend their ...

The New Yorker

The New Yorker
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 21:07:30 -0700

The new therapy aims to stimulate the brain with small currents applied to the scalp. Credit Illustration by Harry Campbell. “What does this part of the brain do, again?” I asked, pointing to the electrode on my right temple. “That's the right inferior ...

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