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The Idiot

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
‘A moving, continent-hopping coming-of-age story’ Observer

**SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018**

Selin, 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.

I loved it and could have read a thousand more pages of it’ Emma Cline, author of The Girls

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"The Idiot is a hilariously mundane immersion into a world that has never before received the 19th Century Novel treatment. An addictive, sprawling epic; I wolfed it down." - Miranda July

"Elif Batuman's novel not only captures the storms and mysteries and comedies of youth but, in its wonderfully sensitive portrait of a young woman adventuring across languages and cultures, it brilliantly draws to our attention a modern politics of friendship. This is a remarkable book." - Joseph O'Neill


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Hardback Editions

June 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Idiot
Author(s): Elif Batuman
ISBN: 1-910702-69-2 / 978-1-910702-69-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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March 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Idiot
Author(s): Elif Batuman
ISBN: 1-59420-561-2 / 978-1-59420-561-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Press
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Paperback Editions

April 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Idiot: Elif Batuman
Author(s): Elif Batuman
ISBN: 0-09-958317-8 / 978-0-09-958317-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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January 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Idiot: A Novel
Author(s): Elif Batuman
ISBN: 0-14-311106-X / 978-0-14-311106-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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March 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Idiot
Author(s): Elif Batuman
ISBN: 1-910702-70-6 / 978-1-910702-70-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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March 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Idiot (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Elif Batuman
ISBN: 1-5247-5622-9 / 978-1-5247-5622-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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January 1900 : USA Paperback
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Title: Idiot the Mrexp
Author(s): Elif Batuman
ISBN: 0-7352-2387-4 / 978-0-7352-2387-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Random House USA
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Audio Editions

June 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Idiot
Author(s): Elif Batuman
Publisher: Audible Studios
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June 2017 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Idiot
Author(s): Elif Batuman
Publisher: Audible Studios
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June 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Idiot
Author(s): Elif Batuman
Publisher: Audible Studios
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June 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Idiot
Author(s): Elif Batuman
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


March 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Idiot
Author(s): Elif Batuman
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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March 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Idiot
Author(s): Elif Batuman
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

June 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Idiot
Author(s): Elif Batuman
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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March 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Idiot: A Novel
Author(s): Elif Batuman
Publisher: Penguin Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA