Elif Batuman (born in 1977) is an American author, academic, and journalist.
Elif Batuman was born in New York City to Turkish parents, and grew up in New Jersey. She graduated from Harvard College, and received her doctorate in comparative literature from Stanford University. While in graduate school, Batuman studied the Uzbek language in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Her dissertation, The Windmill and the Giant: Double-Entry Bookkeeping in the Novel, is about the process of social research and solitary construction undertaken by novelists.
In February, 2010, she published her first book, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, based on material previously published in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and n+1, which details her experiences as a graduate student. Her writing has been described as "almost helplessly epigrammatical."
- The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. Macmillan. 2010. ISBN 978-0-374-53218-5.
- Two Rivers. Carolyn Drake, self-published, 2013. ISBN 978-0-615-78764-0. Edition of 700 copies. By Carolyn Drake. Accompanied by a separate book with a short essay by Batuman and notes by Drake.
- "The Murder of Leo Tolstoy". Harper's. February 2009.
- "The Big Dig". The New Yorker. 31 August 2015.
- Slate review of "The Possessed"
- New York Times review of "The Possessed"
- I am a doctor.
- New Yorker articles
- Harper's Magazine articles
- n+1 articles
- 'The Meaning of Russia', Oxonian Review
- "Department of English Language and Comparative Literature - Elif Batuman". Koç University. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
- Bio of Elif Batuman, New Yorker contributors page.
- Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award recipients
- Elif Batuman's personal website (link inactive)
- Author's blog (link inactive)
- Profile at The Whiting Foundation
- Batuman in conversation with Full Stop (14 December 2011).