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The Possessed

Monday, March 15, 2010

Elif Batuman describes literally and metaphorically following the footsteps of her favorite Russian authors –from Pushkin to Platonov. In The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them she examines how the great Russian writers lived, worked, and why they continue to influence readers today.

Events: Elif Batuman is in conversation with Keith Gessen, novelist, critic, and editor of n+1 Magazine
Monday, March 15, at 7:00 pm
McNally Jackson
52 Prince Street

She'll be reading and signing books
Friday, March 19, at 7:00 pm
Book Court
163 Court Street
Brooklyn

Guests:

Elif Batuman

Comments [2]

Erik DuRon from Brooklyn

Read the book, Emily. It's very charming and funny and not academic and pre-occupied with theory at all. She makes the case, and more importantly demonstrates it, that writing about literature doesn't have to be painful, and can be a form of literature itself.

Mar. 15 2010 05:23 PM
Emily from Brooklyn

It is exactly this kind of navel-gazing baloney that drove me to leave graduate school.

Mar. 15 2010 01:03 PM

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