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The Idiot

Elif Batuman

A portrait of the artist as a young woman. A novel about not just discovering but inventing oneself. The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She signs up for classes in subjects she has never heard of, befriends her charismatic and 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 the ineffable and exhilarating confusion of first love, and with the growing consciousness that she is doomed to become a writer. With superlative emotional and intellectual sensitivity, mordant wit, and pitch-perfect style, Batuman dramatizes the uncertainty of life on the cusp of adulthood. Her prose is a rare and inimitable combination of tenderness and wisdom; its logic as natural and inscrutable as that of memory itself. The Idiot is a heroic yet self-effacing reckoning with the terror and joy of becoming a person in a world that is as intoxicating as it is disquieting. Batuman's fiction is unguarded against both life's affronts and its beauty--and has at its command the complete range of thinking and feeling which they entail.

A portrait of the artist as a young woman. A novel about not just discovering but inventing oneself. The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She signs up for classes in subjects she has never heard of, befriends her charismatic and 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 the ineffable and exhilarating confusion of first love, and with the growing consciousness that she is doomed to become a writer. With superlative emotional and intellectual sensitivity, mordant wit, and pitch-perfect style, Batuman dramatizes the uncertainty of life on the cusp of adulthood. Her prose is a rare and inimitable combination of tenderness and wisdom; its logic as natural and inscrutable as that of memory itself. The Idiot is a heroic yet self-effacing reckoning with the terror and joy of becoming a person in a world that is as intoxicating as it is disquieting. Batuman's fiction is unguarded against both life's affronts and its beauty--and has at its command the complete range of thinking and feeling which they entail.
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A portrait of the artist as a young woman. A novel about not just discovering but inventing oneself. The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She signs up for classes in subjects she has never heard of, befriends her charismatic and 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 the ineffable and exhilarating confusion of first love, and with the growing consciousness that she is doomed to become a writer. With superlative emotional and intellectual sensitivity, mordant wit, and pitch-perfect style, Batuman dramatizes the uncertainty of life on the cusp of adulthood. Her prose is a rare and inimitable combination of tenderness and wisdom; its logic as natural and inscrutable as that of memory itself. The Idiot is a heroic yet self-effacing reckoning with the terror and joy of becoming a person in a world that is as intoxicating as it is disquieting. Batuman's fiction is unguarded against both life's affronts and its beauty--and has at its command the complete range of thinking and feeling which they entail.

Language:

English

Length:

13h 42m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:58


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:40


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:45


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:49


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:16


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:01


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:14


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:46


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:21


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:50


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:49


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:34


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:24


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:36


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:56


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:50


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:49


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:35


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:20


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:34


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:37


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:25


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:02


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:57


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:26


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:39


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:48


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:58


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:49


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:38


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:59


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:40


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:02


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:36


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:36


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:49


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:52


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:23


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:07


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:17


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:32


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:06


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:11


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:28


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:09


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:59


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:39


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:40


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:35


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:31


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:47


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:09


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:20


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:10


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:29


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:45


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:38


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:41


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:39


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:27


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:22


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:55


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:06


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:37


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:43


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:20


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:41


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:31


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:21


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:38


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:06


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:28


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:24


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:45


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:16


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:00


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:42


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:22


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:12


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:17


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:57


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:21


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:55


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:20


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:50


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:27


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:58


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:32


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:39


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:35


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:48


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:57


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:40


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

08:49


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:17


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:51


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:11


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:50


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:09


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

08:52


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:36


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:42


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:57


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

00:27