Greek Lessons: A Novel
by Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith and Emily Yae Won
We are eagerly awaiting the latest novel from Han Kang, author of The Vegetarian, which won the International Booker Prize. In Greek Lessons, a Greek language instructor finds himself drawn to one of his pupils, who is losing her ability to speak. He too is losing his sight. Two people are brought together by private anguish. Katie Kitamura has described the novel as “sinuous and sublime… an extraordinary meditation on language, violence, loss, and intimacy.”
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“Greek Lessons is another slim, brooding little novel about difficult protagonists facing inexplicable problems—this time, it features a woman who has lost the ability to speak, and her language tutor who is losing his vision. Elegaic and tender, it is more abstract and less violent than The Vegetarian. Strange, thoughtful, compelling.” Read more...
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