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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
 
Series
Idiot
   1. The Idiot (2017)
   2. Either/Or (2021)
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Non fiction
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Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2018) : The Idiot
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2018) : The Idiot
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel nominee (2018) : The Idiot


Elif Batuman recommends
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Eternal Life (2018)
Dara Horn
"Eternal Life takes the psychological novel to places I've never seen before...Riveting, startling, hilarious, and sad--I've never read anything like it."
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Convenience Store Woman (2018)
Sayaka Murata
"I picked up this novel on a trip to Japan and couldn’t put it down. A haunting, dark, and often hilarious take on society’s expectations of the single woman. As an extra bonus, it totally transformed my experience of going to convenience stores in Tokyo."
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The God Game (2020)
Danny Tobey
"A gripping page-turner."
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Perfect Tunes (2020)
Emily Gould
"Perfect Tunes is mind-blowing….Full of unspeakable insights, or at least I thought they were unspeakable, but there they are. Now I want everyone I know to read this book and talk about it with me."
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True Story (2020)
Kate Reed Petty
"I literally cannot believe this book exists. A mind-blowing, page-turning, un-put-downable, heartwarming, empathetic, formally inventive horror suspense thriller, with a life-affirming and timely feminist message? What? This would be an amazing fifteenth novel for a person to have written and it is Kate Reed Petty's first one. What an incredible talent!"
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Detransition, Baby (2021)
Torrey Peters
"Detransition, Baby updates and transcends (trans-scends!) the Sex and the City model, while fully delivering its many satisfactions! ... A noteworthy advance in the history of the novel!"
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Lurkers (2021)
Sandi Tan
"A magisterial triumph from the inimitable Sandi Tan, Lurkers is brimming with sinister pathos and dead-on, laugh-out-loud observations."
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Mrs. March (2021)
Virginia Feito
"Mrs. March is just the Madame Bovary-meets-Patricia Highsmith feminist psychoanalytic comedy-of-manners thriller that I didn't know I so desperately needed. I almost destroyed my life by staying up so late reading. I am lucky my house is still standing."
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The Four Humors (2021)
Mina Seçkin
"Mina Seçkin's brilliant and understated first novel describes a young person's quest to situate herself geographically, culturally, historically, and physiologically--to map out a place for her inner self in the world, in her family, and in her own body. Funny, heartrending, illuminating, informative, brimming with cultural specificity and human universality."
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I Was the President's Mistress!! (2022)
Miguel Syjuco
"Nobody writes like Miguel Syjuco. A triumph."
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Post-Traumatic (2022)
Chantal V Johnson
"Deeply original, socially important, psychologically revelatory, propulsively and idiosyncratically readable. Post-Traumatic is a gem."
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Cult Classic (2022)
Sloane Crosley
"The witty, improbably propulsive rom-com you didn't know you were waiting for - and just the sparkling, slightly sinister love letter to New York City that New York City deserves. An effervescent delight."

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