New edition of the internationally bestselling modern classic that became an Oscar-winning film starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes, published on the 20th anniversary with a striking new design.
For fifteen-year-old Michael Berg, a chance meeting with an older woman leads to far more than he ever imagined. The woman in question is Hanna, and before long they embark on a passionate, clandestine love affair which leaves Michael both euphoric and confused. For Hanna is not all she seems.
Years later, as a law student observing a trial in Germany, Michael is shocked to realize that the person in the dock is Hanna. The woman he had loved is a criminal. Much about her behaviour during the trial does not make sense. But then suddenly, and terribly, it does - Hanna is not only obliged to answer for a horrible crime, she is also desperately concealing another deep secret.
'For generations to come, people will be reading and marvelling over Bernhard Schlink's THE READER' - EVENING STANDARD
A sensitive, daring, deeply moving book about the tragic results of fear and the redemptive power of understanding
Readers of the book - thousands, one hopes - will understand the nature of atonement when they have finished reading it - DAILY TELEGRAPH
Haunting and unforgettable - LITERARY REVIEW
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 internationally bestselling novels THE READER, which became an Oscar-winning film starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes, and THE WOMAN ON THE STAIRS; the short story collections FLIGHTS OF LOVE and SUMMER LIES, and several prize-winning crime novels. His latest novel, OLGA, was a #1 bestseller internationally and will be published in English in 2020.
He lives in Berlin and New York.