Night School -- Zsofia Ban

Staff Pick

No book I’ve read this year has felt as alive and inventive as Zsofia Ban’s Night School, nor has any book provided me with its volume of pure pleasure. So it’s a story collection – a town loses an iconic motherly presence, Flaubert roams Egypt with a friend (or maybe more than a friend), lovers clandestinely find each other in a zoo, a diver prepares for the perfect dive – but it’s also a parody of a textbook, complete with explanatory(?) image accompaniment and tongue-in-cheek essay prompts. But not wholly tongue-in-cheek, because if Ban is a trickster, she knows whom the tricks ought to be on in order to keep the reader thinking as well as laughing.



Night School: A Reader for Grownups Cover Image
By Zsófia Bán, Jim Tucker (Translator), Péter Nádas (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781940953885
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Published: Open Letter - January 15th, 2019