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The idiot /

by Batuman, Elif.
Type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Jonathan Cape, 2017Description: 422 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781910702703; 1910702706; 1910702692; 9781910702697.Subject(s): Women college students -- Fiction | Turkish Americans -- Fiction | Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction | Coming of age | New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2017 | Historical fiction | Bildungsromans | Psychological fictionSummary: A portrait of the artist as a young woman. The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She befriends her 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 first love, and with the growing consciousness that she is doomed to become a writer ...
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A portrait of the artist as a young woman. The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She befriends her 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 first love, and with the growing consciousness that she is doomed to become a writer ...

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