Christopher Tayler: The Fabulous Elif Batuman, 17 February 2011
Show More The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them by Elif Batuman.
Granta, 296 pp., £16.99, April 2011, 978 1 84708 313 5Show More
“... be read in English from 1855, Tolstoy had British and American disciples, and Dostoevsky was, in Robert Louis Stevenson’s view, ‘a devil of a swell, to be sure’. But the English-speaking world’s received ideas about Russian literature were mostly laid down in the 1910s and 1920s, the great age of Western interest in the Russian soul – ‘its ...”