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The Rowing Lesson

(2007)
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Betsy Klein is summoned from her home in the United States to her father’s hospital bed in South Africa. Orphaned young, he had to struggle to become a doctor and to win the respect of his Boer patients. We first meet young Harold Klein on an excursion with his friends on the Ebb ’N Flow, a river to which he often returns. That is where he later teaches his little daughter to row, and finally, where he makes his last metaphoric passage.


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Praise for this book

"An elegy for a lost father and a beloved world on the point of disappearing. Rarely in South African writing will we encounter language of such fire and passion." - J M Coetzee

"Like Joyce or William Gass or John Edgar Wideman, Anne Landsman fashions a sensual web of memory and desire, rescuing a world at the brink of extinction through the power of her lyricism." - Stewart O'Nan

"Anne Landsman's glittering, shimmering new novel is a tour de force. . . . Elation and pain, anxiety and exuberance, and the uneven beat of living are all caught in language as silky and fluid as music." - Roxana Robinson


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Hardback Editions

November 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Tefilat HaDerech: The Traveler's Prayer
Author(s): Joshua Buchin
ISBN: 0-939144-69-7 / 978-0-939144-69-3 (USA edition)
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November 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Rowing Lesson: A Novel
Author(s): Anne Landsman
ISBN: 1-56947-469-9 / 978-1-56947-469-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Press
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Paperback Editions

April 2008 : South Africa Paperback
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Title: The Rowing Lesson
Author(s): Anne Landsman
ISBN: 0-7957-0262-0 / 978-0-7957-0262-4 (South Africa edition)
Publisher: Kwela Books
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March 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Rowing Lesson: A Daughter's Passionate and Poetic Evocation of Her Father's Life
Author(s): Anne Landsman
ISBN: 1-84708-070-7 / 978-1-84708-070-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
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November 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Rowing Lesson
Author(s): Anne Landsman
ISBN: 1-56947-528-8 / 978-1-56947-528-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Press
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February 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Rowing Lesson
Author(s): Anne Landsman
ISBN: 1-86207-989-7 / 978-1-86207-989-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
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Kindle Editions

November 2007 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Rowing Lesson
Author(s): Anne Landsman
Publisher: Soho Press
Availability: Amazon CA