School for Patriots by Martin Kohan

By Martin Kohan

Winner of the distinguished Herralde Novel Prize.

An assistant in Buenos Aires' so much prestigious boarding college, Maria Teresa's task is to maintain the scholars in line. Suspecting that a few of them are smoking within the institution bathrooms, Maria Teresa takes to spying on them—an job she will get striking excitement from. during this restricted society all seems to be reasonable and liberal, yet inside of there's brutal repression and the academics draw up lists of applicants for torture. School for Patriots powerfully exhibits how in a dictatorship the political and the sexual interact.

Martin Kohan lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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By Martin Kohan

Winner of the distinguished Herralde Novel Prize.

An assistant in Buenos Aires' so much prestigious boarding college, Maria Teresa's task is to maintain the scholars in line. Suspecting that a few of them are smoking within the institution bathrooms, Maria Teresa takes to spying on them—an job she will get striking excitement from. during this restricted society all seems to be reasonable and liberal, yet inside of there's brutal repression and the academics draw up lists of applicants for torture. School for Patriots powerfully exhibits how in a dictatorship the political and the sexual interact.

Martin Kohan lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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V On the first day of every month, unless it was Sunday, the businesslike Robert Budd dictated a letter to his son—a good, satisfying letter telling about the family and the business, and never failing to include some advice to the boy about taking care of himself, and learning to spend money wisely, and not letting women get too much hold on him. Lanny had saved these communications over a period of years, and if he had published them, judiciously expurgated, they might have made a New England equivalent of the letters of Lord Chesterfield.

They were just completing a Mediterranean cruise, and with them was their niece, Miss Nellie Wagstaffe.

It was his genius which was being cultivated; it was his taste which set the standards. Beauty didn’t really know anything about music, except for dancing. She liked pretty tunes, but didn’t know why everything had to become so complicated and so noisy. But that was the way Kurt liked it, and that was the way he had it. Now here was another kind of genius, another strange and bewildering art; Beauty listened, and it seemed to her a chaos of sound, going on without any discoverable reason for either starting or stopping.

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