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Weiter atmen - Erzählungen (2020)

Suhrkamp. Aus dem Ungarischen von Terézia Mora. (@Suhrkamp)

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Der Sommer unsres Missvergnügens. Essays. (2019)

Matthes & Seitz Berlin. Aus dem Ungarischen von Terézia Mora. (@Matthes & Seitz)

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Night School: A Reader for Grownups (2019)

Rochester, NY: Open Letter Books. English translation of Esti iskola, translated by Jim Tucker and illustrations by Ágnes Eperjesi. Afterword by Péter Nádas. (@OpenLetter // @Amazon)

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Lehet lélegezni(2018)

Budapest: Magvető. [You Can Breath Now. Short stories]

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Budapest: Magvető. Co-authored with media artists and filmmaker Péter Forgács.[Venom. A visual adaptation of the short story "Venom".] Limited edition with 300 numbered copies.

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Turul és dínó. Jelenetek a képek életébôl (2016)

Budapest: Magvető. [The Turul Bird and the Dinosaur. Scenes from the Life of Images. A collection of essays on the visual representation of historical memory.]

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An excerpt in English in World Literature Today

Escuela nocturna (2015)

Madrid: Siruela. Nuevos tiempos. [Spanish translation of Esti iskola, translated by José Miguel González Trevejo and illustrations by Ágnes Eperjesi].


Als nur die Tiere lebten (2014)

Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2012. Aus dem Ungarischen von Terézia Mora. [German translation of Amikor még csak az állatok éltek]. More information.

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Amikor még csak az állatok éltek (2012)

[When There Were Only Animals], Budapest: Magvetõ, short stories.

Abendschule - Fibel für Erwachsene (2012)



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“As a critic Zsófia Bán writes on literary topics as well as on art and visual media. This recent volume is a carefully and deliberately arranged collection of essays, reviews, travel writing, and memoirs. Topics range from novels by W. G. Sebald, Péter Nádas, and Imre Kertész, Goethe’s Elective Affinities, the Oedipal conflict of Hamlet, the absent presence and invisibility of the Shoah, Susan Sontag’s implacable personality, or a Berlin recreating itself from the traumas of its past, and a Singapore that keeps erasing its own past and looks only towards the future. It is the precise and proportionate arrangement that endows the texts with a narrative dimension. The ambitious aim of this narrative layer is to articulate the personal and collective problems of the culture of memory with both empathy and analytical sharpness. This is why travel emerges as the central motif of the book: travels between image and text, between different poles of space and time, and, in the third section, beyond time and space. The texts of this final section are both essays and memorial tributes – texts of crossing over in the truest sense. “ (János Szegõ)

Esti iskola

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Desire and De-Scription

Edited volumes

Exposed Memories: Family Pictures in Private and Collective Memory

Studies. Eds. Zsófia Bán and Hedvig Turai , AICA-CEU Press, 2010.

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