This pleasantly rambling tale, narrated by a smart but hesistant linguistics student, leaves a vivid impressionby Anthony Cummins / July 20, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in August 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
The Idiot by Elif Batuman (Jonathan Cape, £16.99)
In her acclaimed first book, The Possessed (2010), an unstuffy work of non-fiction about Russian literature, the Turkish-American writer Elif Batuman blurred the boundaries between memoir and criticism.
Her charming new book—a gentle coming-of-age novel drawing on Batuman’s time at Harvard in the mid-1990s—does the same for memoir and fiction.