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ABOUT

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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-SPIELVOGEL AWARD (FOR UPHOLDING THE DIGNITY OF THE ESSAY FORM). IT WAS ALSO LONGLISTED FOR THE 2011 GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD. THE POSSESSED DID NOT ACTUALLY WIN ANY OF THESE AWARDS. NONETHELESS, IT HAS BEEN TRANSLATED INTO SEVERAL LANGUAGES.

ELIF IS ON TWITTER @BANANAKARENINA. SOME OF HER ESSAYS ETC. MAY BE FOUND HERE.  HER STAFF IS SMALL BUT EXTREMELY DEVOTED.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY MUHSIN AKGÜN