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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 is writer-in-residence at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey.[8]







  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. ^ Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award recipients
  10. ^ Whiting Writers' Award

External links[edit]

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New York Times (blog)
Sat, 15 Nov 2014 09:04:39 -0800

“THE POSSESSED,” by ELIF BATUMAN, makes the reading of these novels look so interesting, after all. Ms. Batuman investigates a possible murder at Tolstoy's estate, learns why Old Uzbek has 100 different words for crying and follows in the footsteps of ...
New Yorker
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:18:45 -0800

Turkey's renewed interest in its Ottoman past is often associated with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whose “neo-Ottomanist” political program has tried to rehabilitate figures like Sultan Süleyman, who ruled the empire from 1520 to 1566. Part of ...
New York Times
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:25:53 -0800

Saturday's session, covering Chapters 31 to 99, is hosted by the South Street Seaport Museum, an appropriately Melvillian setting, and the writers Nathaniel Philbrick, Elif Batuman and Rowan Ricardo Phillips are scheduled to read. Admission to all ...

New York Observer

New York Observer
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:26:31 -0700

who has a new novel coming out this fall, demurs to New Yorker staff writer Elif Batuman, who sweetly plates Mr. Rush's dinner for the rest of the night. Mr. Rush takes notes in a small black notebook for his wife Elsa, who is not in attendance, and ...

The Bowdoin Orient

The Bowdoin Orient
Thu, 06 Nov 2014 20:52:33 -0800

Maybe Elif Batuman was thinking about this when he wrote his October 10 article in The New Yorker discussing marriage in Gone Girl as an abduction or “violent crime.” But I wonder how much marriage can actually be abduction for a beautiful, privileged, ...
Wed, 05 Nov 2014 07:22:30 -0800

The selections in "Happiness: Ten Years of n+1" (Faber & Faber, $16 paper) tacitly argue that just about anything can bear the weight of literary analysis -- thus Elif Batuman's irreverent sketch of Isaac Babel scholars makes a certain sense adjacent ...
New York Times
Tue, 16 Feb 2010 14:00:27 -0800

Early in Elif Batuman's funny and melancholy first book, “The Possessed,” she describes her disillusionment, as a would-be novelist, with “the transcendentalist New England culture of 'creative writing.' ” The problem with creative writing programs ...
New York Times (blog)
Fri, 31 Dec 2010 10:58:19 -0800

Elif Batuman is a staff writer for The New Yorker and currently lives in Istanbul, where she is writer-in- residence at Koc University. She is the author of “The Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them,” and has written ...

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