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 It’s always exciting to me to see an author clearly, conspicuously going for something special, and that’s very much the case with this book. It’s an archaic world unto itself — of Renaissance astronomers, philosophers, regals, and mystics — with the tasty, winding, satirical sentences to match. But it’s also a stealthily devastating book about the relationships we want to be better than they are, the ambitions we don’t know how to actualize (and whether it’s worth it to do so in the first place), and the way those two themes intertwine. Reading this feels like reading a new cult classic, so get in while the getting’s good.


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ISBN: 9780374227371
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 21st, 2019

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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.



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By Zsofia Ban, Jim Tucker (Translator), Peter Nadas (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781940953885
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Published: Open Letter - January 15th, 2019

Staff Pick

Late in The Nocilla Trilogy, a character starts obsessing over a book by an author he's never heard of before, Paul Auster. As fragmented, non-narrative, and indescribable as these might first appear, Auster's not a bad reference to point you on your way; many plot developments recall the surreal peaks of The New York Trilogy. But more than that, just start reading and let the subliminal logic be your guide -- it'll take you from surf spots in the Spanish hinterlands to a blue-collar Brooklyn high-cuisine destination where the chef is literally "cooking the horizon" to the Nevada desert over and over again, especially one tree off "the loneliest road in America" where people have been hanging their shoes for years. It's a mad mix, but there's a method to it too that's endlessly fascinating.






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ISBN: 9780374222789
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 19th, 2019