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Elif Batuman

Elif Batuman is the author of two books: The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them (2010), a work of nonfiction that was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and The Idiot (2016), a best-selling and critically praised novel. She holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford and has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2010.

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Durst Distinguished Lecture Series