|Occupation||Writer, novelist, academic|
Elif Batuman (born in 1977) is an American author, academic, and journalist. She is the author of a memoir, The Possessed, and a novel, The Idiot, which was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
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, Batuman published her first book, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, based on material she 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.
- The Idiot Penguin, 2017. ISBN 978-1-594-20561-3.
Essays, reporting and other contributions
- Batuman, Elif (February 2009). "The murder of Leo Tolstoy". Harper's. 318 (1905): 45–53.
- Elif Batuman (23 September 2010). "Get a Real Degree". London Review of Books.
- Elif Batuman (December 31, 2010). "From the Critical Impulse, the Growth of Literature". The New York Times.
- Elif Batuman (21 April 2011). "Elif Batuman: Life after a bestseller". The Guardian.
- Batuman, Elif (December 19–26, 2011). "Dept. of Archaeology: The Sanctuary". The New Yorker. 87 (41): 72–83. Göbekli Tepe
- 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 Big Dig". The New Yorker. 31 August 2015.
- "The head scarf, modern Turkey, and me". The New Yorker. 8–15 February 2016.
- — (December 19–26, 2016). "Epictetus". Visionaries. The New Yorker. 92 (42): 84.
- "Japan's Rent-a-Family Industry". The New Yorker. 30 April 2018.
- Elif Batuman in conversation with Full Stop (14 December 2011).
- 'The books that made me' | 'My stress read? Epictetus during a dental procedure' The Guardian (28 April 2018).
- Elif Batuman  on the Longform Podcast (6 June 2018).
- Kirsch, Adam (2010-02-24). "A Comedian in the Academy". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2017-03-27.
- "2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Full List". Retrieved 2018-04-16.
- Garner, Dwight (2010-02-17). "Tolstoy & Co. as Objects of Obsession". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-27.
- I am a doctor.
- New Yorker articles
- "Elif Batuman | Harper's Magazine". Retrieved 2017-03-27.
- "Batuman/Elif". n+1. Retrieved 2017-03-27.
- '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.
- Online version is titled "How to be a Stoic".
- "The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Awards". www.ronajaffefoundation.org. Retrieved 2017-03-27.
- "Elif Batuman | WHITING AWARDS". www.whiting.org. Retrieved 2017-03-27.