Search Results: "Elif Batuman"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 16, 2010

"By the end of this refreshingly modern take on literature, Batuman feels like a friend, and her essays like the remarkably well-constructed, analytical, eye-opening e-mails you always wanted that friend to send."
In her debut, New Yorker contributor and n+1 fan favorite Batuman turns lit-crit on its head with a cheeky, guided tour through her own literary scholarship. Read full book review >

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THE IDIOT by Elif Batuman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Self-aware, cerebral, and delightful."
A sweetly caustic first novel from a writer whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and n+1. Read full book review >

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ELIF BATUMAN
by Tobin Levy

Elif Batuman’s semiautobiographical novel, The Idiot, is a shrewd and heady tale of a girl in a constant state of cogitation. It is 1995 and Selin, a Turkish-American, is a freshman at Harvard University and an aspiring writer. Her youthful inquisitiveness embraces an in-depth understanding of seminal writers, philosophers, and linguists —from Chekhov to Chomsky—whose plot points and platitudes most ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE FORTY RULES OF LOVE by Elif Shafak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 2010

"Shafak should have dropped Ella's story, with its preachy spiritual ruminations, and stuck to Rumi's odyssey, which opens a window into a world Westerners know little about."
The bestselling, controversial Turkish author (Bastard of Istanbul, 2007, etc.) enfolds a historical narrative about a Sufi poet within the contemporary tale of a discontented Massachusetts housewife. Read full book review >

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HONOR by Elif Shafak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 2013

"Shafak turns what might seem a polemic against honor killing in lesser hands into a searing but empathetic and ultimately universal family tragedy."
Turkish novelist Shafak again explores sociopolitical issues within a deeply human context in this tragedy about how traditional Turkish Muslim attitudes toward women impact a family that has immigrated to England. Read full book review >

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THE ARCHITECT'S APPRENTICE by Elif Shafak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2015

"With manufactured intrigues and lukewarm romance, plot is not Shafak's strong point. What she offers is panoramic historical fiction rich with facts, atmosphere and occasional whimsy."
Following the life of an invented apprentice to the actual Ottoman Empire architect Sinan, Turkish novelist Shafak offers a liberal interpretation of Islam that's bound to create controversy, as her previous books have (Honor, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >

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THE BASTARD OF ISTANBUL by Elif Shafak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2007

"A hugely ambitious exploration of complex historical realities handled with an enchantingly light touch."
An astonishingly rich and lively story of an Istanbul family whose mixed up heritage mirrors the complexity of Turkish society. Read full book review >

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BLACK MILK by Elif Shafak
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2011

"A thoughtful, welcome addition to the works of women the author admires."
Acclaimed Turkish novelist Shafak (The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi, 2010, etc.) examines the conflict she feels between her many identities. Read full book review >

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THE SAINT OF INCIPIENT INSANITIES by Elif Shafak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Sometimes lively and provocative, but frequently as pretentious as Gail's spiritually shaped chocolates."
A first English translation from Turkish author Shafak follows the lives of three foreign students in Boston to explore community and alienation while playing with ideas about language, religion, and culture. Read full book review >

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THE GAZE by Elif Shafak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2006

"A strange, hallucinatory work."
From Turkish novelist Shafak (The Saint of Incipient Insanities, 2004, etc.), a richly layered narrative concerning misfits and how society views them. Read full book review >