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Elif Batuman on Her New (Old) Novel, ‘The Idiot’

Elif Batuman’s The Idiot is a hilarious, poignant, and deviously wise novel, couched in the late-adolescent sensibilities of its narrator, Selin. As a freshman at Harvard in 1995, Selin is overwhelmed by her newfound freedom and its possibilities. Batuman skillfully shows how the brilliance of