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The Idiot

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Informationen zum Autor Elif Batuman has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 2010. She is the author of The Possessed: Adv... Lire la suite
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Informationen zum Autor Elif Batuman has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 2010. She is the author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them . The recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award! a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award! and a Paris Review Terry Southern Prize for Humor! she also holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University. Klappentext In between studying psycho-linguistics and the philosophy of language! teaching ESL to a Costa Rican plumber! and befriending her classmate Svetlana (a Serbian refugee from Connecticut)! Selin falls in love with a Hungarian maths student in her Russian class. Zusammenfassung It is September 1995. Selin, a Turkish-American college freshman from New Jersey, is about to embark on her first year at Harvard University, where she is deter­mined to decipher the mysteries of language and to become a writer. In between studying psycho­linguistics and the philosophy of language, teaching ESL to a Costa Rican plumber, and befriending her classmate Svetlana (a Serbian refugee from Connecticut), Selin falls in love with a Hungarian maths student in her Russian class. She spends the summer in the Hungarian countryside teaching English to village children, where sad and comic misunderstandings ensue. Full of the razor-sharp evocations of character and place that have long delighted readers of Batuman's non-fiction, The Idiot tackles literary ambition, female friend­ship, the American dream, Chomskian linguistics, the Russian novel and romantic love. 'There is hardly a single action we perform in that phase which we would not give anything, in later life, to be able to annul,' Proust once wrote, 'but adolescence is the only period in which we learn anything.'

Préface
The hilarious campus novel from the prizewinning author of The Possessed.

Auteur
Elif Batuman has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 2010. She is the author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. The recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, and a Paris Review Terry Southern Prize for Humor, she also holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University.

Texte du rabat

In between studying psycho-linguistics and the philosophy of language, teaching ESL to a Costa Rican plumber, and befriending her classmate Svetlana (a Serbian refugee from Connecticut), Selin falls in love with a Hungarian maths student in her Russian class.



Résumé

It is September 1995. Selin, a Turkish-American college freshman from New Jersey, is about to embark on her first year at Harvard University, where she is deter­mined to decipher the mysteries of language and to become a writer.

In between studying psycho­linguistics and the philosophy of language, teaching ESL to a Costa Rican plumber, and befriending her classmate Svetlana (a Serbian refugee from Connecticut), Selin falls in love with a Hungarian maths student in her Russian class. She spends the summer in the Hungarian countryside teaching English to village children, where sad and comic misunderstandings ensue.

Full of the razor-sharp evocations of character and place that have long delighted readers of Batuman's non-fiction, The Idiot tackles literary ambition, female friend­ship, the American dream, Chomskian linguistics, the Russian novel and romantic love. 'There is hardly a single action we perform in that phase which we would not give anything, in later life, to be able to annul,' Proust once wrote, 'but adolescence is the only period in which we learn anything.'

Informations sur le produit

Titre: The Idiot
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Code EAN: 9781910702703
ISBN: 978-1-910702-70-3
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Random House UK
Genre: Romans et récits
nombre de pages: 432
Poids: 557g
Taille: H233mm x B154mm x T30mm
Année: 2017