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Han Kang in Person

Join us on Tuesday, May 16 at 7 PM as Han Kang presents her new novel, Greek Lessons. She will be joined in conversation  by Franny Choi.

About the Book

An intimate, dazzling novel about the saving grace of language and human connection, from the “visionary” (New York Times Book Review) author of the International Booker Prize winner The Vegetarian

ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2023: The Guardian, The New Statesman, The Irish Times, i-D Magazine, Lit Hub


"Now and then, language would thrust its way into her sleep like a skewer through meat, startling her awake several times a night."

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 the two 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, and the fear of losing his independence.

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 each other. 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 breath and expression.

Greek Lessons is the story of the unlikely bond between this pair and a tender love letter to human intimacy and connection—a novel to awaken the senses, one that vividly conjures the essence of what it means to be alive.

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

About Franny Choi

Franny Choi is the author of three poetry collections, The World Keeps Ending and the World Goes On (Ecco, 2022,) Soft Science (Alice James Books, 2019) and Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014), as well as one chapbook, Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). She is a Kundiman Fellow, a 2019 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, a recipient of Princeton University’s Holmes National Poetry Prize, and a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers Program. Her poems have appeared in the New York Timesthe NationParis Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her partner and their cat.

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Event date: 
Tuesday, May 16, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
9 College St
South Hadley, MA 01075
Greek Lessons: A Novel By Han Kang, Deborah Smith (Translated by), e. yaewon (Translated by) Cover Image
By Han Kang, Deborah Smith (Translated by), e. yaewon (Translated by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593595275
Availability: Not in Stock - Hard to Find
Published: Hogarth - April 18th, 2023

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