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The idiot

By: Batuman, Elif

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0099583178 / 9780099583172
Paperback
813.6
26/04/2018
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England
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20 cm 422 pages
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Reprint. Originally published: New York: Penguin Press, 2017.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey turns up at Harvard and finds herself dangerously overwhelmed by the challenges and possibilities of adulthood.

She studies linguistics and literature, and spends a lot of time thinking about what language - and languages - can and cannot do.

Along the way she befriends Svetlana, a cosmopolitan Serb, and obsesses over Ivan, a mathematician from Hungary.

Selin ponders profound questions about how culture and language shape who we are, how difficult it is to be a failed writer, and how baffling love is.

At once clever and clueless, Batuman's heroine shows us with perfect hilarity and soulful inquisitiveness just how messy it can be to forge a self.

BIC:

1DVH Hungary, 1KBBES Massachusetts, 3JJPR c 1990 to c 2000, FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

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