A School For Fools

bySasha SokolovTranslated byAlexander Boguslawski

Paperback | November 17, 2015

A School For Fools by Sasha Sokolov
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By turns lyrical and philosophical, witty and baffling, A School for Fools confounds all expectations of the novel. Here we find not one reliable narrator but two “unreliable” narrators: the young man who is a student at the “school for fools” and his double. What begins as a reverie (with frequent interruptions) comes to seem a sort of fairy-tale quest not for gold or marriage but for self-knowledge. The currents of consciousness running through the novel are passionate and profound. Memories of childhood summers at the dacha are contemporaneous with the present, the dead are alive, and the beloved is present in the wind. Here is a tale either of madness or of the life of the imagination in conversation with reason, straining at the limits of language; in the words of Vladimir Nabokov, “an enchanting, tragic, and touching book.”
Sasha Sokolov was born in Canada in 1943. His father, a high-ranking Soviet diplomat, was deported from Canada as a spy in 1946, and Sokolov grew up in the Soviet Union, where he studied journalism at Moscow State University. He made repeated attempts to escape from the USSR, for which he was briefly imprisoned, but after internat...
Title:A School For FoolsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:208 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.45 inShipping dimensions:208 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.45 inPublished:November 17, 2015Publisher:New York Review BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1590178467

ISBN - 13:9781590178461

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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