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The Idiot (2017)
Elif Batuman

A farce about a Turkish-American Harvard freshman. As she is trying to figure out who she is and what academia is about, she meets an older math major with whom she develops both a romantic and intellectual relationship. Along the way, she attends some math classes (a multivariable calculus class with a pre-med friend and a set theory class that she registers for out of curiosity) and ponders Nabokov's comments on the reason that math is useful.

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Mathematical Content:
2/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)

MotifAcademia, Romance,

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