Greek Lessons

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Hogarth Press
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5.8 X 8.52 X 0.78 inches | 0.72 pounds

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About the Author

Han Kang was born in 1970 in South Korea. A recipient of the Yi Sang Literary Award, the Today's Young Artist Award, and the Manhae Prize for Literature, she is the author of The Vegetarian, winner of the International Booker Prize; Human Acts; and The White Book.

Deborah Smith was a co-winner of the International Booker Prize for her translation of The Vegetarian.

Emily Yae Won is a translator based in Seoul. She has translated into Korean the work of Ali Smith and Deborah Levy.


"In Greek Lessons, Kang reaches beyond the usual senses to translate the unspeakable."--Los Angeles Times

"Hypnotic . . . Kang is one of the most unconventional, perceptive and truly innovative writers publishing today."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Cerebral and sensuous . . . I was so stirred I had to step away every few chapters only to return a day or two later, as though pulled by a magnet back into this private landscape . . . I was left in awe."--The Boston Globe

"[Kang] is an astute chronicler of unusual, insubordinate women. . . [Greek Lessons is] for readers drawn to considering language itself as a source of self-revelation . . . a celebration of the ineffable trust to be found in sharing language."--The New York Times

"A woman's extreme protest against the horrors of the human condition . . . touching [and] sympathetic."--The Wall Street Journal

"A quiet, lovely meditation on language and disability . . . a story of the quiet violence of grief, the gaps language can and cannot bridge, and the necessity of communication and connection."--Buzzfeed

"Evocative and elliptical."--The Washington Post

"Suffused with crackling sensory imagery that emphasizes our ties to the world."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"An incredible meditation on one woman's abdication of language after she can no longer tolerate a world where violence is rooted even in speech."--Cathy Park Hong, author of Minor Feelings

"Sinuous and sublime . . . an extraordinary meditation on language, violence, loss and intimacy. Han Kang is a writer like no other. In a few lines, she seems to traverse the entirety of human experience."--Katie Kitamura, author of Intimacies

"A love letter to language, learning, and the hope of connection. It is about the mind and the body, our thoughts and our senses--about what it means to be a person in the world."--Julia Phillips, author of Disappearing Earth

"Reading a Han Kang book is a pleasure like no other. Both poetic and deeply philosophical, Greek Lessons is a beautiful, haunting story about the fragility and power of human connection. I can't stop thinking about it, and I don't want to."--Angie Kim, author of Miracle Creek and Happiness Falls

"Breathtaking . . . Kang is always the most revelatory writer: she widens the sky of feeling. She is simply my favorite living writer to read, and think with, and see the world with."--Max Porter, author of Grief Is The Thing With Feathers

"Quiet, sharply faceted, and devastating . . . A stunning exploration of language, memory, and beauty from an internationally renowned writer."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Brilliant, shimmering . . . Once again, Kang demonstrates great visionary power."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[A] haunting exploration of tentative possibilities and yearned-for connections."--Booklist (starred review)