The Idiot

The Idiot

1st paperback ed

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Synopsis

'A moving, continent-hopping coming-of-age story' Observer

**SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018**


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, 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.

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. At once clever and clueless, Batuman's heroine shows us with perfect hilarity and soulful inquisitiveness just how messy it can be to forge a self.

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

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Book information

ISBN: 9780099583172
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage
Pub date:
Edition: 1st paperback ed
DEWEY: 813.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 14179
Number of pages: 422
Weight: 296g
Height: 130mm
Width: 198mm
Spine width: 28mm