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ELIF BATUMAN at Harvard Book Store

March 29, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Harvard Book Store is pleased to present New Yorker staff writer ELIF BATUMAN, author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them for a reading from her debut novel, The Idiot.

About The Idiot:

The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She signs up for classes in subjects she has never heard of, befriends her charismatic and worldly Serbian classmate, Svetlana, and, almost by accident, begins corresponding with Ivan, an older mathematics student from Hungary. Selin may have barely spoken to Ivan, but with each email they exchange, the act of writing seems to take on new and increasingly mysterious meanings. At the end of the school year, Ivan goes to Budapest for the summer, and Selin heads to the Hungarian countryside, to teach English in a program run by one of Ivan’s friends. On the way, she spends two weeks visiting Paris with Svetlana. Selin’s summer in Europe does not resonate with anything she has previously heard about the typical experiences of American college students, or indeed of any other kinds of people. For Selin, this is a journey further inside herself: a coming to grips with the ineffable and exhilarating confusion of first love, and with the growing consciousness that she is doomed to become a writer.

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Details

Date:
March 29, 2017
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Website:
http://www.harvard.com/event/elif_batuman/

Organizer

Harvard Book Store
Phone:
6176611515
Email:
mharris@harvard.com
Website:
harvard.com

Venue

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Website:
www.harvard.com

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