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The Idiot


Elif Batuman

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Discover TikTok’s new favourite book.

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

Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey turns up at Harvard with no idea what to expect. What she doesn’t expect is:

– How much time she will spend thinking about language and its limitations
– An opinionated cosmopolitan Serb named Svetlana, who will become her confidante
– A mathematician from Hungary called Ivan, whom she will obsess over when she is supposed to be studying
– Feeling dangerously overwhelmed by the challenges and possibilities of adulthood

But most of all, Selin does not expect to embark on a study of precisely how baffling love can be when you are trying to forge a self…

‘A moving, continent-hopping coming-of-age story’ Observer
‘Elif Batuman surely has one of the best senses of humour…refreshing and unique’ Sheila Heti
‘Full of zingy one-liners’ Financial Times
‘Hilarious, brilliant observations about writing, life and crushes’ Curtis Sittenfeld
Delightful and slyly funny’ Red

ISBN: 9780099583172

Publisher: Random House

Imprint: Vintage

Publication Date: 26 April 2018

Edition: Paperback

Pages: 422


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