09. 11. 2017. 19:48

Brody Lit Night – Zsófia Bán

Join us to peek inside Zsófia Bán's head on September 19th! Hungarian Literature Online and Brody Studios' next monthly literary discussion evening for members of Brody Club, their guests, and the readers of HLO is here again. Our new guest is Zsófia Bán!

Hungarian Literature Online (HLO)’s monthly Lit Nights at Brody Studios are back! In the Spring we brought you readings and discussions with a range of contemporary Hungarian and international authors and poets in a warm atmosphere, tailored to an English-speaking audience. Our guests were György Dragomán, whose work has been translated into 28 languages and longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the noted translator and poet Ádám Nádasdy, the young poet and dramaturg Péter Závada and David Szalay, who was recently shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Held on the first Tuesday of each month, each Lit Night featured a discussion, readings of our guests’ work in English, and plenty of scope for contributions from the audience. In the course of our adventures, we covered dictatorships, pirate radio, phenomenology, rap, and the obstacles one encounters when trying to quote Led Zeppelin. While the heat of the summer lingers on, we’re kicking off our second season.

The first event will be at 8 p.m. on Tuesday 19 September at Brody Studios


Zsófia Bán


Zsófia Bán was born in 1957 in Rio de Janeiro to Hungarian parents, returning to Hungary with her parents in 1969. She studied English and Romance Languages in Budapest, and continued her studies in Lisbon, Minneapolis, and New Brunswick. She currently teaches American Studies as an Associate Professor at Eötvös Loránd University. In addition to American Literature, her research interests include Visual Culture, Holocaust Studies, and Gender Studies. 
Bán had her literary debut in 2007 with Esti iskola – Olvasókönyv felnőtteknek (‘Night school – A reader for adults’), soon to be published in English in Jim Tucker’s translation by Open Letter Books. The work takes the form of a textbook for a night school, in which each text is assigned to a school subject like geography or chemistry, and is interspersed with tasks posed at the end of each chapter. 
Bán taps into other languages and cultures, including those of the country of her birth, Brazil. In 2012, she published a volume of short stories Amikor még csak az állatok éltek (‘When there were only animals’). In its fifteen stories, Bán seeks out the consequences of the traumatic uprooting of the character Anna, a little girl who loses sight of her mother in a crowd on the beach in Rio de Janeiro and, decades later, in an experimental station in Antarctica, is still unconsciously looking for answers about her past and their relationship while photographing the natural event of a white-out, in which all of a landscape’s distinguishing features are obscured by snow and its reflections.

In 2014, Bán published Turul és Dino (‘The Turul and the Dino’), a collection of essays examining the role of photos in cultural memory, how they present the dark stains of our past and present. In 2014, she was shortlisted for the International Literature Prize awarded by Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and one of her essays was recently featured in The Guardian, translated by Katalin Orbán and Erika Mihálycsa.

Owen Good, co-editor of HLO, will be in discussion with Bán, who will be reading extracts from her own work in English. The evening will be a wide-ranging discussion of her writing, life, and the nature of shifting from language to language and culture to culture.


Event schedule:

18.00 Doors open

20.00 Discussion starts


Entrance fee:

Members: 1000 HUF | Guests: 1500 HUF




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