The Idiot

The Idiot

作者 : Elif Batuman

出版社 : JONATHAN CAPE

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女性青年藝術家的畫像

前作《誰殺了托爾斯泰:我被俄國文學附魔的日子》大獲好評的美國文壇新生代才女艾莉芙.巴圖曼(Elif Batuman)首部小說作品!


1995年,土耳其裔女孩Selin是哈佛大學新鮮人,她主修語言學與文學,志在成為一名作家。她修習各種未曾聽聞的課程,與來自塞爾維亞的同學Svetlana成為朋友,更開始與匈牙利學生Ivan的信件往來、並墜入情網……

她暑假時與Svetlana到法國巴黎旅行,隨後決定到匈牙利的鄉間教英文度過暑假,然而,一連串誤解卻接踵而至……她的經歷,與曾聽聞美國大學生的歐洲經驗完全不同!這是一個年輕女子找尋自我的成長故事,也是一趟內省的旅程,描繪女主角在初戀、自我探索與未來抱負中找尋人生的解答,以及無法以語言傳達、無法捕捉的情感,充滿成長過程的不確定性與各種困惑。任何年少時期曾感到迷茫的人,將能從中得到共鳴!

It is September 1995. Selin, a Turkish-American college freshman from New Jersey, is about to embark on her first year at Harvard University, where she is determined to decipher the mysteries of language and to become a writer.

In between studying psycholinguistics and the philosophy of language, teaching ESL to a Costa Rican plumber, and befriending her classmate Svetlana (a Serbian refugee from Connecticut), Selin falls in love with a Hungarian maths student in her Russian class. She spends the summer in the Hungarian countryside teaching English to village children, where sad and comic misunderstandings ensue.

Full of the razor-sharp evocations of character and place that have long delighted readers of Batuman's non-fiction, the Idiot tackles literary ambition, female friendship, the American dream, Chomskian linguistics, the Russian novel and romantic love. 'There is hardly a single action we perform in that phase which we would not give anything, in later life, to be able to annul,' Proust once wrote, 'but adolescence is the only period in which we learn anything.
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