The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them
The Possessed Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them Author:Elif Batuman If you're going to read just one book about conference planning, Isaac Babel, Leo Tolstoy, Boys' Leg contests, giant apes, Uzbek poetry, the life of the mind, and resignation of the soul -- seek no farther: This is the book for you! — The Possessed draws on Elif Batuman's articles in The New Yorker, Harper&... more »#39;s Magazine, and n+1 to tell the true story of one woman's intellectual and sentimental education and her many strange encounters with fellow scholars devoted -- absurdly! melancholically! beautifully! -- to the Russian classics.
Batuman's pieces for The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and the London Review of Books have made her one of the most sought-after and admired writers of her generation, and its best traveling companion. In The Possessed we watch her investigate a possible murder at Tolstoy's ancestral estate. We go with her to Stanford, Switzerland, and St. Petersburg; retrace Pushkin's wanderings in the Caucasus; learn why Old Uzbek has one hundred different words for crying; and see an eighteenth-century ice palace reconstructed on the Neva.« less