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The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them

Elif Batuman
In conversation with David L. Ulin
March 3, 2010

Want to know Isaac Babel’s secret influence on the making of “King Kong”? Literally and metaphorically following the footsteps of her favorite authors, Batuman combines fresh readings of the great Russians, from Pushkin to Tolstoy, along with some sad and funny stories from the people’s lives they’ve influenced-including her own.

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