Department of English Language and Comparative Literature - Elif Batuman

Author: College of Social Sciences and Humanities Seminar Series
Time: 18:30
Location: Founders' Hall / Kurucular Salonu


Reading and Discussion with the Koc University Writer-in-Residence Elif Batuman

Please join Elif Batuman, the Koç University writer-in-residence, for a reading and discussion of her first book, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. The Possessed, which uses a combination of essay, memoir, and literary criticism to tell a story about literary obsession, was recently named one of the 100 best books of 2010 by the New York Times.

Elif is a staff writer for The New Yorker, where she has covered subjects including Thai kickboxing and Russian ice palaces. In September, her article about the fate of Kafka’s papers in Israel was the cover story in the New York Times Magazine.  Elif has also written for Harper’s, The London Review of Books, The Guardian, and n+1 magazine.  She completed a PhD in comparative literature at Stanford University in 2007, and is the recipient of a 2010 Whiting Prize.

Organized by the Department of English Language and Comparative Literature, and the Literature Club.