The Possessed - Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them-logo

The Possessed - Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them

Elif Batuman

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One of The Economist's 2011 Books of the Year THE TRUE BUT UNLIKELY STORIES OF LIVES DEVOTED―ABSURDLY! MELANCHOLICALLY! BEAUTIFULLY!―TO THE RUSSIAN CLASSICS No one who read Elif Batuman's first article (in the journal n+1) will ever forget it. "Babel in California" told the true story of various human destinies intersecting at Stanford University during a conference about the enigmatic writer Isaac Babel. Over the course of several pages, Batuman managed to misplace Babel's last living relatives at the San Francisco airport, uncover Babel's secret influence on the making of King Kong, and introduce her readers to a new voice that was unpredictable, comic, humane, ironic, charming, poignant, and completely, unpretentiously full of love for literature. Batuman's subsequent pieces―for The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and the London Review of Books― have made her one of the most sought-after and admired writers of her generation, and its best traveling companion. In The Possessed we watch her investigate a possible murder at Tolstoy's ancestral estate. We go with her to Stanford, Switzerland, and St. Petersburg; retrace Pushkin's wanderings in the Caucasus; learn why Old Uzbek has one hundred different words for crying; and see an eighteenth-century ice palace reconstructed on the Neva. Love and the novel, the individual in history, the existential plight of the graduate student: all find their place in The Possessed. Literally and metaphorically following the footsteps of her favorite authors, Batuman searches for the answers to the big questions in the details of lived experience, combining fresh readings of the great Russians, from Pushkin to Platonov, with the sad and funny stories of the lives they continue to influence―including her own. Jacket Illustration © 2017 Roz Chast

Language:

English

Length:

9h 33m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

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Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:02


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:17


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:00


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:15


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:33


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:36


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:20


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:41


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:50


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:03


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:43


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:07


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:09


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:51


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:09


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:03


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:33


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:39


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:26


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:06


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:23


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:03


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:54


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:02


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:05


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:30


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:19


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:57


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:28


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:31


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:40


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:08


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:16


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:05


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:20


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:34


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:13


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:49


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:33


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:27


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:26


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:12


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:14


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:39


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:03


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:46


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:08


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:22


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:16


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:26


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:39


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:10


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:31


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:36


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:32


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:31


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:02


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:11


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:20


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:26


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:58


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:10


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:33


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:15


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:17


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:39


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:17


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:35


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:07


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:22


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:29


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:08


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:06


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:00


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:03


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:47


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:58


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:36


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:09


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:36


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:29


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:56


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:08


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:40


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:07


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:50


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:58


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:18


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:14


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:17


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:43


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:10


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:28


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:07


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

08:22


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

00:33