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Elif Batuman: Life After A Bestseller

n February 2010, I published – in the US – my first book, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. My advance from Farrar, Straus and Giroux, in the middle four figures, was fairly generous for a volume …

n February 2010, I published – in the US – my first book, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. My advance from Farrar, Straus and Giroux, in the middle four figures, was fairly generous for a volume of memoiristic literary-critical essays about the experiences of a graduate student of Russian literature.

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