The Reader

By Bernhard Schlink
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780307454898, 224pp.)

Publication Date: November 25, 2008

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“This uncommonly affecting page-turner, set in postwar Germany, evokes equal depths of thought and feeling. Written in spare, keenly observed prose, it is a story of love, and of personal and historical responsibility, and the novel's wrenching moral questions still have me in their grip.”
-- John Willson, Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bainbridge Island, WA


Description

Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the moral claims it makes upon the reader, this mesmerizing novel is a story of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of postwar Germany.When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover—then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.




About the Author
Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany. He is the author of the internationally bestselling novel "The Reader," as well as four prize-winning crime novels-"The Gordian Knot," "Self's Fraud," "Self's Punishment," and "Self Slaughter"--that are currently being translated into English. He lives in Bonn and Berlin.

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