The Possessed


Elif Batuman takes the reader on a journey both literary and physical as she traces the evolution of her fascination with Russian literature across the globe and several centuries. This is a deeply funny, fiercely intelligent portrait of the not-always-rational pursuit of knowledge.

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‘The funniest book I’ve read in a long time: its deadpan, dry humour and its accumulation of absurdities will leave you rolling on your floor with laughter’ The Times She thought she was a lover of the great classics of Russian literature – until she met the superfans… Roaming from Tashkent to San Francisco, this is the true story of one budding writer’s strange encounters with the fanatics who are devoted – absurdly! melancholically! ecstatically! – to the Russian classics. Combining fresh readings of the great Russians from Tolstoy to Dostoevsky with the sad and funny stories of the lives they continue to influence, The Possessed is comic, humane, charming, poignant and full of an infectious love for literature. ‘Dazzlingly good… Very bookish, very clever and very funny… A preposterously engaging volume’ Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph ‘The highest compliment you can pay such a book is that it sends you back to the original authors refreshed. I can go one higher – I found myself simply wanting to read more from Elif Batuman’ Evening Standard ‘An intoxicating mix of travel memoir, autobiography, literary criticism and philosophy… Charming and hilarious’ Daily Telegraph

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Weight344 g
Dimensions19812918 mm