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Elif Batuman

Elif Batuman has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2010. She is the author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. The recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, and a Paris Review Terry Southern Prize for Humor, she also holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University.

Genres: Literary Fiction
New and upcoming books
   1. The Idiot (2017)
   2. Either/Or (2021)
   A Cage Went in Search of a Bird (2024) (with others)
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Elif Batuman recommends
Help Wanted (2024)
Adelle Waldman
"Help Wanted is like a great nineteenth-century novel about now, at once an effervescent workplace comedy and a profoundly human exploration of the psychic toll exacted by the labor market. The characters are so richly drawn-so full, under all their defenses, of the desire to be loved-that even the annoying ones will win your heart. Adelle Waldman is a master."
Hard by a Great Forest (2024)
Leo Vardiashvili
"A wildly charming debut - propulsive, funny, and profound."
The History of a Difficult Child (2023)
Mihret Sibhat
"An exhilarating novel by a powerful new writer."

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