Magazine article World Literature Today

Summer Reads

Magazine article World Literature Today

Summer Reads

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As much as Managing Editor Michelle Johnson loves traveling, she also loves returning home. Her summer reading list reflects a similar course this year.

Elif Batuman

The Idiot


Even a fragment of the Boston Globe's review of Elif Batuman's debut novel would have hooked me: "At once a cutting satire of academia, a fresh take on the epistolary novel, a poignant bildungsroman, and compelling travel literature." This summer I'll travel to the Hungarian countryside (through Paris) with Selin, Batuman's heroine. And because she is universally hailed for her sense of humor, and because I like to balance reading fiction and essays, I'll order her essay collection as well-The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. (I'm one of those people.)

Omar El Akkad

American War


This dystopian debut novel imagines a second American Civil War in 2074. …

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