Wildly original, creatively rambling... the funniest book I've read in a long time: its deadpan, dry humour and its accumulation of absurdities will leave you rolling on your floor with laughter
Dazzlingly good ... very bookish, very clever and very funny ... [The Possessed is] a preposterously engaging volume
Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph
The highest compliment you can pay such a book is that it sends you back to the original authors refreshed. I can go one higher - I found myself simply wanting to read more from Elif Batuman
Elif Batuman on Granta.com
Essays & Memoir | The Online Edition
Who Killed Tolstoy?
‘I walked along the birch-lined alleys of Yasnaya Polyana, looking for clues. Snakes were swimming in the pond, making a rippling pattern. Everything here was a museum.’