Greek Lessons


by Kang, Han, Smith, Deborah, Won, Emily Yae | Korea
Hardback | 160 pages

SKU: '9780241600276 Category:


From the International Booker Prize-winning author of The Vegetarian
by Kang, Han, Smith, Deborah, Won, Emily Yae | Korea
Published 27/04/2023 by Penguin Books Ltd (Hamish Hamilton Ltd) in the United Kingdom
Hardback | 160 pages

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

‘Breathtaking . . . She is simply my favourite living writer to read, and think with, and see the world with’ Max Porter

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 Emily Yae Won.

‘Another stunning gem: quiet, sharply faceted, and devastating’ Kirkus
‘Han Kang’s vivid and at times violent storytelling will wake up even the most jaded of literary palates’ Independent
‘Han Kang is a writer like no other. In a few lines, she seems to traverse the entirety of human experience’ Katie Kitamura

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