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The idiot

Batuman, Elif, 1977-2017
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Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey turns up at Harvard and finds herself dangerously overwhelmed by the challenges and possibilities of adulthood. She studies linguistics and literature, teaches ESL and spends a lot of time thinking about what language - and languages - can and cannot do. Along the way she befriends Svetlana, a cosmopolitan Serb, and obsesses over Ivan, a mathematician from Hungary. The two conduct a hilarious relationship that culminates with Selin spending the summer teaching English in a Hungarian village and enduring a series of surprising excursions. Throughout her journeys, Selin ponders profound questions about how culture and language shape who we are, how difficult it is to be a failed writer, and how baffling love is.
Main title:
The idiot / Elif Batuman.
Author:
Imprint:
London : Jonathan Cape, 2017.
Collation:
422 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN:
9781910702697 (hbk. :)
Local class:
Fict
Language:
English
Subject:
BRN:
4161396
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