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I was initially drawn toward this book based on the promise of the premise—how a literature student gets captivated by Russian literature and is transformed by it. Read morePublished 4 days ago by BOB
A well written, bright, and ceaselessly funny book about academia, language, culture, and things about Uzbekistan you never knew you wanted to know.Published 11 days ago by RJ
Elif Batuman thinks she's a scholar, and no doubt can hold her own in that arena; she aspires to be a novelist, and if there's a subscription list, sign me up. Read morePublished 18 days ago by George W. Mulford
A tremendous book -- one of best I have read in several years. We need more of her books.Published 3 months ago by Phil Cushmanl
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 11 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 13 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 14 months ago by Pablo