La idiota / The Idiot

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2019-10-22
  • Publisher: Literatura Random House

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El debut novelístico nominado al Pulitzer sobre el gran desafío que supone llegar a la edad adulta.

Esta historia empieza en el año 1995, cuando el e-mail era algo nuevo y emocionante. La protagonista es Selin, hija de inmigrantes turcos apasionada por la literatura que acaba de llegar a Harvard decidida a convertirse en escritora. Acostumbrada a vivir a través de los libros, llega a la universidad sin manual de instrucciones: ¿cómo se hacen amigos? ¿Cómo se enamora uno? ¿Importan más las cosas cuando se viven que cuando se leen? Selin ve su vida como una narración más pero, ¿qué pasa cuando intentamos añadir otras personas a nuestra historia?

Así empieza su relación con Ivan, un estudiante húngaro de matemáticas algo mayor que ella con quien comenzará a escribirse. Mediante el correo electrónico, crearán un mundo paralelo habitable (o una barrera de ficción tras la que esconderse) que rápidamente eclipsará todas sus otras relaciones.

Durante los doce meses que cubre esta novela de iniciación, la heroína de Batuman hace uso de un ingenio y una mordacidad entrañables para descubrirse y, sobre todo, inventarse ante el desafío que supone llegar a la edad adulta. Este debut nominado al Pulitzer es una reflexión perdurable sobre la relación entre el arte y la vida; las palabras y el mundo real; las historias que nos contamos y las narrativas en las que queremos encajar.


New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction

"An addictive, sprawling epic; I wolfed it down.”—Miranda July, author of The First Bad Man and It Chooses You 

“Easily the funniest book I’ve read this year.” GQ

A portrait of the artist as a young woman. A novel about not just discovering but inventing oneself.

The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She signs up for classes in subjects she has never heard of, befriends her charismatic and worldly Serbian classmate, Svetlana, and, almost by accident, begins corresponding with Ivan, an older mathematics student from Hungary. Selin may have barely spoken to Ivan, but with each email they exchange, the act of writing seems to take on new and increasingly mysterious meanings. 
At the end of the school year, Ivan goes to Budapest for the summer, and Selin heads to the Hungarian countryside, to teach English in a program run by one of Ivan's friends. On the way, she spends two weeks visiting Paris with Svetlana. Selin's summer in Europe does not resonate with anything she has previously heard about the typical experiences of American college students, or indeed of any other kinds of people. For Selin, this is a journey further inside herself: a coming to grips with the ineffable and exhilarating confusion of first love, and with the growing consciousness that she is doomed to become a writer.

With superlative emotional and intellectual sensitivity, mordant wit, and pitch-perfect style, Batuman dramatizes the uncertainty of life on the cusp of adulthood. Her prose is a rare and inimitable combination of tenderness and wisdom; its logic as natural and inscrutable as that of memory itself. The Idiot is a heroic yet self-effacing reckoning with the terror and joy of becoming a person in a world that is as intoxicating as it is disquieting. Batuman's fiction is unguarded against both life's affronts and its beauty--and has at its command the complete range of thinking and feeling which they entail.

Named one the best books of the year by Refinery29 • Mashable One • Elle Magazine • The New York Times • Bookpage • Vogue • NPR • Buzzfeed • The Millions

Author Biography

Elif Batuman (Nueva York, 1977) es escritora, académica y periodista en The New Yorker. Su primer libro, Los poseídos, una colección de ensayos sobre Rusia, fue finalista del National Book Critics Circle Award.

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