The Possessed

Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them

Elif Batuman

Published: 5 April 2012
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 304 pages
ISBN: 9781847083142

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Published: 7 April 2011
Hardback, Demy HB
138x216mm, 304 pages
ISBN: 9781847083135

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Roaming from Tashkent to San Francisco, this is the true story of one budding writer's strange encounters with the fanatics who are devoted - absurdly! melancholically! ecstatically! - to the Russian classics. Combining fresh readings of the great Russians from Gogol to Goncharov with the sad and funny stories of the lives they continue to influence, The Possessed introduces a brilliant and distinctive new voice: comic, humane, charming, poignant and completely, and unpretentiously, full of an infectious love for literature.

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