Night School

Night School

A Reader for Grownups

by Zsófia Bán

Translated by Jim Tucker

Afterword by Péter Nádas

Published by: Open Letter

270 pages, 5.50 x 8.50 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781940953885
  • Published: January 2019

$15.95

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A Kirkus Reviews Best Book in Translation of 2019

Zsófia Ban’s Night School: A Reader for Adults uses a textbook format to build an encyclopedia of life—subject by subject, from self-help to geography to chemistry to French. With subtle irony, Ban’s collection of “lectures” guides readers through the importance and uses of the power of Nohoo (or “know-how”), tells of the travels of young Flaubert to Egypt with his friend Maxime, and includes a missive from Laika the dog minutes before being blasted off into space, never to be seen again. A wildly clever book that makes our all-too-familiar world appear simultaneously foreign and untamed, and brings together lust, taboos, and the absurd in order to teach us the art of living.