The Idiot

The Idiot

9780099583172

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

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018

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

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Vintage Publishing

2018

Adult Fiction

Modern Fiction and Literary Fiction

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