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 together. 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 tells the story of two ordinary people brought together at a moment of private anguish – the fading light of a man losing his vision meeting the silence of a woman who has lost her language. Yet these are the very things that draw them to one another. Slowly the two discover a profound sense of unity – their voices intersecting with startling beauty, as they move from darkness to light, from silence to expression.
Greek Lessons is a tender love letter to human intimacy and 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.
PRAISE FOR THE VEGETARIAN:
‘Sensual, provocative and violent, ripe with potent images, startling colours and disturbing questions. Sentence by sentence, The Vegetarian is an extraordinary experience’ Guardian
‘A startling new novel… It is written in cool, still, poetic but matter-of-fact short sentences, translated luminously by Deborah Smith, who is obviously a genius’ Deborah Levy
‘Enthralling… It has a surreal and spellbinding quality, especially in its passage on nature and the physical landscape, so beautiful and so magnificently impervious to the human suffering around it’ Independent “
Our Booksellers Say…
‘Greek Lessons is such a rich, immersive experience, progressing on the ephemeral excellence that made The Vegetarian so enduring. It asks a lot of its readers (mentally, emotionally) but by the time we are reaching up for the surface, the rewards are unending and I do not hesitate in naming this as one of the best books I’ve ever read.’
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