Elif Batuman

Elif Batuman is a doctoral candidate in literature at Stanford University. She is also a contributor to the literary magazine n+1.

The Passion of Anna The Passion of Anna

In Elaine Feinstein's new biography, the complicated life of Russian poet Anna Akhmatova is flattened into a fable of suffering and redemption.

Jun 21, 2006 / Books & the Arts / Elif Batuman

Rearranging the Furniture Rearranging the Furniture

For prose scholar Viktor Shklovsky, who lived by the code of style and studied its depths, an unhappy love affair can be as much a personal tragedy as a plot device for more writin...

Oct 6, 2005 / Books & the Arts / Elif Batuman