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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]







  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

The New Yorker
Sun, 23 Aug 2015 21:00:04 -0700

Byzantine shipwrecks found during the construction of the first-ever tunnel under the Bosporus held up work for years. Credit Photo Illustration by Raphaël Dallaporta for The New Yorker; Source: Istanbul University Yenikapi Shipwrecks Project. When it ...

Foreign Policy (blog)

Foreign Policy (blog)
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:33:45 -0700

“The Big Dig” by Elif Batuman, the New Yorker. Istanbul's city planners have a problem: too much history. “When it came to choosing the exact location of the first tunnel spanning the Bosporus — the narrow strait that divides the European and Asian ...

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 ...

Irish Times

Irish Times
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 22:05:02 -0700

Some of the most memorable include U and I by Nicholson Baker, about the author's devotion to Updike, The Possessed by Elif Batuman, which takes the reader on a tour of the Russian greats including Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, B & Me: A True Story of ...

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 ...

Irish Times

Irish Times
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 07:20:24 -0700

Proust's heartwarming views on friendship pic.twitter.com/E5LdClfGQG. — Elif Batuman (@BananaKarenina) August 1, 2015. Here's the full trailer for @lennyabrahamson's "Room" (based on Emma Donoghue's novel): https://t.co/oANtlWYlzp. — Sinéad ...

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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