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The Reader

Bernhard Schlink

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Film tie-in edition of Bernhard Schlink's exceptionally powerful novel - 'A thriller, a love story and a deeply moving examination of a German conscience.' - Independent on Saturday.

For 15-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 an even deeper secret.

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Praise for The Reader

  • '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.' - Ruth Rendell

  • 'Moving, suggestive and ultimately hopeful... Leaps national boundaries and speaks straight to the heart.' - New York Times Book Review

  • 'Readers of the book - thousands, one hopes - will understand the nature of atonement when they have finished reading it.' - Daily Telegraph

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Bernhard Schlink

BERNHARD SCHLINK was born in Germany in 1944. A professor emeritus 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. His latest novel, OLGA, was a #1 international bestseller. He lives in Berlin and New York.

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