Greek Lessons (Paperback)
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Greek Lessons (Paperback)

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Published: 01/02/2024
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The acclaimed author of The Vegetarian delivers a spellbinding exploration of grief, intimacy and the power of language, as a student who has lost her voice and her teacher who is losing his sight begin a journey out of silence and darkness together.

A powerful novel of the saving grace of language and human connection, from the celebrated author of The Vegetarian.

In a classroom in Seoul, a young woman watches her Greek language teacher at the blackboard. She tries to speak but has lost her voice. Her teacher finds himself drawn to the silent woman, for day by day he is losing his sight.

Soon they discover a deeper pain binds them. For her, in the space of just a few months, she has lost both her mother and the custody battle for her nine-year-old son. For him, it's the pain of growing up between Korea and Germany, being torn between two cultures and languages.

Greek Lessons is a tender love letter to human connection, a novel to awaken the senses, vividly conjuring the essence of what it means to be alive.

Translated by Deborah Smith and e. yaewon.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241997062
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 117 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 9 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

By turns love letter to and critique of language itself, Greek Lessons is a brief yet, in its concision and finesse, lapidary work . . . one of Han's most intimate works - Financial Times

In Greek Lessons Kang reaches beyond the usual senses to translate the unspeakable . . . Han Kang turns the well-worn idea of the mind-body disconnect into something fresh and substantial - Los Angeles Times

This novel is a celebration of the ineffable trust to be found in sharing language . . . [Han] is an astute chronicler of unusual, insubordinate women - The New York Times

Han Kang is a writer like no other. In a few lines, she seems to traverse the entirety of human experience - Katie Kitamura

Han Kang's vivid and at times violent storytelling will wake up even the most jaded of literary palates - Independent

An elliptical, enigmatic book . . . Han's style creates mystery - The Economist

Han Kang's hypnotic Greek Lessons probes the limits of language - The Straits Times

Han Kang is what most writers spend their lives trying to be: a fearless, unsentimental teller of human truths . . . Han Kang is a genius - Lisa McInerney, author of The Glorious Heresies

Another stunning gem: quiet, sharply faceted, and devastating - Kirkus

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“A sublime literary read..”

This is an extraordinary piece of literary writing that allows the reader to travel into the author’s incredible imagination. Kang relates beautifully how two people who have lost their loved ones slowly spiral into... More

Hardback edition
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“An illustrious feat of storytelling”

'Greek Lessons' presents another conspicuous storytelling by Han Kang. The story follows a woman who has lost her voice, and an Ancient Greek teacher who is losing his sight, as they navigate their lives... More

Hardback edition
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“Mesmerisingly lyrical.”

Mesmerisingly lyrical, Han Kang’s writing wins me over again, and again, and again. What can you say about near-perfect writing?

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