Saturday February 29, 2020

You could learn a lot from The Idiot

FICTION: The Idiot, By Elif Batuman, Vintage, €14.95

18th June, 2017

College and college-age characters are such a rich seam to mine, it’s a wonder other writers don’t do it more often. The protagonist is young enough to be prone to folly, often on the cusp of huge changes, yet old enough to be self-aware. College is a time for self-exploration, self-involvement and self-invention. And those summers in between the academic year are even more fertile ground for inquisition and experimentation.

Selin,...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader

Trial

€1

Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.

Annual

€200

€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.

Quarterly

€55

€42

90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

Poor Sad Childless Jen is over. All hail Hot Happy Childfree Jen, in possession of a brand-new Sag award and the undying love of her famous ex

Emer McLysaght | 1 month ago

When Peter McGovern heard the CCJ being described as a colosseum, he knew he had succeeded

Rosanna Cooney | 1 month ago

The Chinese New Year celebrations begin this Saturday. Here’s your guide to what’s on, what it all means and, most importantly, where to eat the best dumplings

Sarah Taaffe-Maguire | 1 month ago