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The Idiot, Batuman,  Elif
The Idiot
Elif Batuman

Paperback $32.99 - RANDOM HOUSE UK
Fiction - Published: 20/Mar/2017 - ISBN: 9781910702703

It is September 1995. Selin, a Turkish-American college freshman from New Jersey, is about to embark on her first year at Harvard University, where she is deterimined to decipher the mysteries of language and to become a writer. In between studying psychoilinguistics and the philosophy of language, teaching ESL to a Costa Rican plumber, and befriending her classmate Svetlana (a Serbian refugee from Connecticut), Selin falls in love with a Hungarian maths student in her Russian class. The Idiot tackles literary ambition, female friendiship, the American dream, Chomskian linguistics, the Russian novel and romantic love.

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