The Idiot (Batuman novel)

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The Idiot
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AuthorElif Batuman
Publication date
March 2017

The Idiot is a semi-autobiographical 2017 novel by Turkish American writer Elif Batuman. It is a bildungsroman, and concerns a college freshman, Selin, attending Harvard University in the 1990s.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ Quinn, Annalisa (18 March 2017). "Both Pointless And Playful, 'The Idiot' Is Like A Long Dream". NPR. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  2. ^ Garner, Dwight (28 February 2017). "Review: Elif Batuman's 'The Idiot' Sets a Romantic Crush on Simmer". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  3. ^ Margolin, Elaine (1 March 2017). "Elif Batuman's 'The Idiot'". The Washington post. Retrieved 20 March 2019.