The Rowing Lesson | Granta

  • Published: 05/04/2018
  • ISBN: 9781783784936
  • Granta Books
  • 288 pages

The Rowing Lesson

Anne Landsman

Pregnant with her first child, Betsy Klein is summoned from her home in the US to her father’s hospital bed in South Africa. Harold Klein is sensual, irascible, a passionately committed doctor, and a complex husband and father. As Betsy sits and waits for him to stir from his coma, she is compelled to imagine his life.

Rarely in South African writing will we encounter language of such fire and passion

J. M. Coetzee

The Rowing Lesson is a masterclass in the examination of memory's richly layered textures ... Landsman's prose is distilled to a poetic essence, her imagery both precise and exquisite ... Even as we turn its last page, this quiet and moving book continues to smoulder in the imagination

Financial Times Magazine

An elegy and a lament, beautifully written


The Author

Anne Landsman is the author of the novel The Devil’s Chimney, published by Granta Books in 1998 and nominated for four awards. Originally from South Africa, she lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

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