Night School: A Reader for Grownups

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About the Author

Zsófia Bán grew up in Brazil and Hungary, and is the author of three works of fiction and four essay collections. She's won the Glass Marble Prize, Tibo Déry Prize, Palládium Prize, Mozgó Világ Prize, Attila József Prize, and Balassa Péter Prize for her writing. A former writer-in-residence at the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) program, she is currently a professor of American Studies at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest.

Jim Tucker, a classical philologist living in Budapest, translated works from German, French, and Italian before making the acquaintance of George Konrád for whom he has translated some 35 essays from the Hungarian, in addition to works by numerous other authors.

Péter Nádas is one of Hungary's greatest authors, and has had seven volumes translated into English, including The Book of Memories and Parallel Stories.


"Reading Zsófia Ban is simply good. It's pleasurable. That's the first thing that comes to mind when I think of her. . . . her writing can bring a smile to any reader's face, in any language."--Péter Nádas

"Acerbic, playful, full of quick-witted philosophy, and unstintingly original, this is a varied and unsettling reader for our varied and unsettling times."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Bán marries Rabelaisian scholastic satire with a cerebral lyricism, resulting in a fanciful, if occasionally baffling, curriculum."--Publishers Weekly

"A must-read for anyone who needs a break from the grim currents of contemporary literature, yet still craves the heady thrill of a really smart book."--The Arkansas International

"This is an impressive, even wonderful work, Bán's dense, bubbling flow of ideas and words carrying readers along like on some wild river raft-ride." --Michael Orthofer, Complete Review

"Defiant irreverence is Night School's greatest strength. . . . Zsófia Bán's textbook parody is a bravura performance, and perhaps it has more to teach us than we might initially think."--Jacob Silkstone, Asymptote

"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."--Jonathan Woollen, Politics and Prose

"Zsófia Bán fashioned the curious frame of a "night school" to interact her readers on a long list of random subjects. . . rearranging the pieces [of cultural history] in intriguing forms, to the delight of the already learned student." --Thomas Nolden, World Literature Today