Elif Batuman


Elif Batuman is a staff writer for The New Yorker and writer-in-residence at Koç University in Istanbul.

Her first book, The Possessed, was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, not to mention a runner-up for The Pen/Diamondstein-Speilvogel Award (for upholding the dignity of the essay form). It was also longlisted for the 2011 Guardian First Book Award. Given the sucess following the publishing of The Possessed, it has been translated into several languages.