Elif Batuman never intended to study literature, learn Russian,or learn to speak Uzbek. That's no life for a grown up!. And yet she fell passionately in love with literature. In The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) she uses her enormous sense of humor, her intelligence and her robust Turkish ancestry in courting her darlings — the Russian classics.
Read an excerpt from The Possessed.
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