I have virtually no exposure to Russian literature or Central Asian languages. My ill-fated attempt at majoring in English as an undergraduate almost 25 years ago, focused more on... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jason A. Miller
This is a great book. The writing style is so clear and funny. I hope the author will write more books.
If you are interested in Russian literature, get this book. Read more
Someday brilliant Elif Batuman will desperately try to recover every copy of her early book The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People who Read Them and destroy... Read morePublished 7 months ago by L. Mack Hall
the book is a feast of quirky coincidence. the mix of scholarly exegisis with chronicle of personal adventures is impressive.Published 8 months ago by Pablo
Singing the gulag blues...
The cold, porous winds...
Insidious, they race in...
Ricocheting off my cell walls... Read more
This book had some really great moments - I even laughed out loud a few times. However, there was a lack of organization that made the book difficult to enjoy. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Laura
this woman really writes well -- describes situations/people colorfully in very short order -- the subject was basically pretty dry but still somehow full of adventure and emotion... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Possessed by Elif Batuman details her experiences with reading and studying Russian and Russian literature as a graduate student at Stanford University. Read morePublished 14 months ago by John Martin