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As a child raised by his mother in post-war Germany, Peter Debauer becomes fascinated by a story he discovers in the proof pages of a novel edited by his grandparents. It is the tale of a German prisoner of war who escapes from a Russian camp and braves countless dangers to return home to a wife who believes him to be dead.
But the novel is incomplete and Peter becomes obsessed by the question of what happened when the soldier and his wife met again.
Years later, the adult Peter remembers the novel and embarks on a search for the missing pages that soon becomes a mysterious search for his own father, a German soldier whom he always believed was killed in the war.
it is precisely with his nuanced portraits of minor characters, effectively rendered in Michael Henry Heim's solid English translation, that Schlink truly succeeds. - TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
Schlink is an accomplished and intelligent writer whose literary prose reads as well as well as the crime thrillers of which he is an acknowledged master. - EVENING STANDARD
a many-layered tale that draws on The Odyssey for its framework... a fine but elusive novel. - THE GUARDIAN - JOANNA BRISCOE
an engaging writer... a brave, if flawed, attempt at confronting Germany's stained past and uncertain identity. - DAILY TELEGRAPH
Homecoming is the long-awaited follow-up to Bernhard Schlink's massively successful novel, The Reader. Like his previous work, it is concerned with the way in which modern Germans make sense of their country's turbulent past, and suggests how understanding that past can be recovered through the study of commonly overlooked texts and documents. - FINANCIAL TIMES
very readable... The Odyssey is the motif for the novel, a motif Schlink plays with enormous virutosity... Schlink has put together a clever package and skilfully guides the reader through modern German history. - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH - TIBOR FISCHER
There are striking similarities between this new offering by Bernhard Schlink and his international breakthrough novel, The Reader... another qu
Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany is 1944. A professor of law at Humboldt University, Berlin, and Cardozo Law School, New York, he is the author of the major internationally bestselling novel The Reader, which became an Oscar-winning film starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes, the short story collections Flights of Love and Summer Lies, and several prize-winning crime novels. He lives in Berlin and New York.