What to say about this book, other than give it a try, especially if you like Russian writers. Quirky, funny, erudite and interesting.Published 23 months ago by J.A.L.
I loved Elif Batuman's book! It is a hybrid - part autobiographical novel, part research diary; it is packed with knowledge (gained or being acquired) and ideas, and it will make... Read morePublished on 28 July 2013 by A Buchler
Great book, well written, and draws you in to stories of Russian writers.... not a subject I had much interest in before. Batuman has enormous creativity and big ideasPublished on 20 Jun. 2013 by Cal Flyn
I did expect this to be a rich exploration of Russian literature and the multiple positive quotes on the cover sucked me in. Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2013 by nanda
'The Possessed' is a collection of essays loosely linked by Elif Batuman's experiences as a graduate student in comparative literature. Read morePublished on 23 April 2012 by Paul Bowes
You know, Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, yes, that one, if you enjoyed that, please don't read this. If you like Chekhov or Dickens, this is not for you. Read morePublished on 1 Jan. 2012 by Ade
I knew very little about Russian literature so I thought this could be an interesting book to read and I did find It interesting reading if not for the reasons I'd expected. Read morePublished on 17 Oct. 2011 by Damaskcat
For readers who love Tolstoy, Pushkin, Turgenev and the other greats of Russian literature - or for people who have travelled to Russia and love the country - there is little of... Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 2011 by Pirlo