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Bernhard Schlink - Author

About the Author

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 international bestselling novel and movie The Reader, short story collection Flights of Love and several prize-winning crime novels. He lives in Berlin and New York.

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The Reader 20th Anniversary Edition

The Reader 20th Anniversary Edition

Author: Bernhard Schlink Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2017

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.

The Woman on the Stairs

The Woman on the Stairs

Author: Bernhard Schlink Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

For decades the painting was believed to be lost. But, just as mysteriously as it disappeared, it reappears, an anonymous donation to a gallery in Sydney. The art world is stunned but so are the three men who loved the woman in the painting, the woman on the stairs. One by one they track her down to an isolated cottage in Australia. Here they must try to untangle the lies and betrayals of their shared past - but time is running out. The Woman on the Stairs is an intricately-crafted, poignant and beguiling novel about creativity and love, about the effects of time passing and the regrets that haunt us all.

Woman on the Stairs

Woman on the Stairs

Author: Bernhard Schlink Format: eBook Release Date: 14/03/2017

In a museum far from home a man stumbles onto a painting of a woman for whom he once, long ago, risked everything and who then mysteriously disappeared from his life.As a young lawyer, the nameless protagonist of The Woman on the Stairs became entangled in the affairs of three people mired in a complex and destructive relationship. An artist, the woman whose portrait he had painted, and her husband became a triangle that drew the lawyer deeper and deeper into their tangled web. Now, encountering the painting that triggered it all, the lawyer must reconcile his past and present selves; when he eventually locates the woman, he is forced to confront the truth of his love and the reality that his life has been irrevocably changed.With The Woman on the Stairs, the internationally acclaimed author of The Reader delivers a powerful new novel about obsession, creativity, and love. Intricately crafted, poignant, and beguiling, this is Bernhard Schlink writing at his peak.

The Woman on the Stairs

The Woman on the Stairs

Author: Bernhard Schlink Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/11/2016

From the author of the internationally bestselling classic THE READER, a tale of obsession, possession and a mystery painting. For decades the painting was believed to be lost. But, just as mysteriously as it disappeared, it reappears, an anonymous donation to a gallery in Sydney. The art world is stunned but so are the three men who loved the woman in the painting, the woman on the stairs. One by one they track her down to an isolated cottage in Australia. Here they must try to untangle the lies and betrayals of their shared past - but time is running out. The Woman on the Stairs is an intricately-crafted, poignant and beguiling novel about creativity and love, about the effects of time passing and the regrets that haunt us all.

DIE FRAU AUF DER TREPPE

DIE FRAU AUF DER TREPPE

Author: Bernhard Schlink Format: eBook Release Date: 29/09/2015

"e;ZHenshchina na lestnice - novaya kniga Bernharda SHlinka, avtora znamenitogo "e;CHteca, - srazu posle vyhoda v svet vozglavila spisok bestsellerov zhurnala "e;SHpigel', a prava na ee perevod byli prodany po men'shej mere v desyatok stran. EHto roman o lyubvi s pochti detektivnoj intrigoj vokrug kartiny, ischeznuvshej na sorok let i neozhidanno poyavivshejsya vnov'. Udivitel'naya istoriya svyazana s zaputannymi otnosheniyami v lyubovnom chetyrekhugol'nike, kotoryj sostavlyayut izobrazhennaya na kartine zhenshchina i troe muzhchin - krupnyj predprinimatel' (zakazchik kartiny), vsemirno izvestnyj hudozhnik i preuspevayushchij molodoj advokat, kotoryj priglashen uladit' konflikt mezhdu zakazchikom i hudozhnikom, no sam stanovitsya dejstvuyushchim licom konflikta i odnovremenno rasskazchikom istorii. CHto kasaetsya kartiny, to nel'zya ne zametit' ee skhodstva s polotnom Gerharda Rihtera "e;EHma. Obnazhennaya na lestnice - znamenitym proizvedeniem edva li ne samogo dorogogo sredi nyne zhivushchih hudozhnikov, kotorogo nedarom prozvali Pikasso XXI veka.

Femeia de pe scari

Femeia de pe scari

Author: Bernhard Schlink Format: eBook Release Date: 04/08/2015

Un tablou celebru, de care nimeni n-a mai auzit multa vreme, reapare în împrejurari misterioase. Este o surpriza pentru lumea artei, dar si o lovitura pentru barbatul care, pe când era un tânar avocat, a mediat un conflict între autorul si proprietarul tabloului. Aflat la mii de kilometri de casa si la decenii dupa momentul în care tabloul si femeia pe care o înfatiseaza îi schimbasera destinul, barbatul spera ca aparitia neasteptata a lucrarii e semnul ca nici cea care i-a fost model nu poate fi prea departe. Pleaca asadar în cautarea femeii de care în tinerete se îndragostise orbeste, iubind-o într-un fel niciodata lamurit, si care îl împinsese la gesturi inexplicabile. Drumul memoriei îl poarta din Frankfurt pâna în Sydney, apoi într-un orasel îndepartat de pe coasta australiana.

Der Vorleser

Der Vorleser

Author: Bernhard Schlink Format: eBook Release Date: 23/04/2015

"e;CHtec pereveden na tridcat' devyat' yazykov mira, kniga stala mezhdunarodnym bestsellerom i sobrala celyj buket prestizhnyh literaturnyh premij v Evrope i Amerike, a sovremennaya nemeckaya literatura, predstavlennaya blistatel'nymi imenami Genriha Byollya, Germana Gesse, Gyuntera Grassa, popolnilas' eshche odnim gromkim imenem - Bernhard SHlink. Vnezapno vspyhnuvshij roman mezhdu pyatnadcatiletnim podrostkom, mal'chikom iz professorskoj sem'i, i zreloj zhenshchinoj tak zhe vnezapno oborvalsya, kogda ona bez preduprezhdeniya ischezla iz goroda. CHerez vosem' let on, teper' uzhe student vypusknogo kursa yuridicheskogo fakul'teta, snova uvidel ee - sredi byvshih nadziratel'nic zhenskogo konclagerya na processe protiv nacistskih prestupnikov. No ehto ne edinstvennaya tajna, kotoraya otkrylas' geroyu romana Bernharda SHlinka "e;CHtec.

Guilt About The Past

Guilt About The Past

Author: Bernhard Schlink Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2013

Guilt about the Past explores the phenomenon of guilt and how it attaches to a whole society, not only to individual perpetrators. It considers how to use the lesson of history to motivate individual moral behavior, how to reconcile a guilt-laden past, and the role of law in this process. Based on the Weidenfeld Lectures author Bernhard Schlink delivered at Oxford University, Guilt about the Past is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand how events of the past can affect a nation? future. Written in Schlink? eloquent but accessible style, these essays tap in to the worldwide interest in the aftermath of war and how to forgive and reconcile the various legacies of the past.

The Gordian Knot

The Gordian Knot

Author: Bernhard Schlink Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2012

A prize-winning Cold War spy novel from the author of international megaseller THE READER Young lawyer Georg Polger gives up a comfortable existence in Germany to work as a freelance translator in the South of France. But business in the picturesque village is far from booming, and Georg struggles to make ends meet. One day he is approached by a certain Mr Bulnakov, who wants Georg to take over a local translation agency. The previous owner has just died in mysterious circumstances. Everything seems to be going perfectly: Georg falls in love with Bulnakov's attractive secretary, Francoise, and takes on a lucrative project left unfinished by his predecessor, translating plans for military helicopters. But everything changes when Georg notices Francoise copying his plans. She tells Georg that Bulnakov has threatened to harm her brother, who lives in Poland, if she refuses to do his bidding. When Georg confronts Bulnakov Francoise disappears, and mysterious elements within the village try to hound him out. All he has left of Francoise is a picture she gave him of a church, which she told him was in Warsaw. But when a friend tells him the church is actually in New York, Georg flies to America in a desperate bid to track down Francoise, and unravel the web of deceit. Tailed from his arrival, Georg quickly realises that he is stuck between the CIA and the KGB, and further out of his depth than he can begin to comprehend. But which side was he working for? Who is the mysterious Mr Bulkanoff? And did he ever know the real Francoise?

Self's Murder A Gerhard Self Mystery

Self's Murder A Gerhard Self Mystery

Author: Bernhard Schlink Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/10/2010

The author of THE READER returns with another thrilling case for sleuth Gerhard Self. PI Gerhard Self is lured out of retirement by a seemingly straightforward assignment: to find the former sleeping partner at Welker & Welker, a prestigious private bank. But the case soon throws up many more questions than answers, and Self finds himself embroiled in a shady world of money-laundering, mafia and murder... What secrets is the bank's history hiding? Why are the institution's enigmatic masters - Herr Welker and his steely Russian foster brother - trying to ensnare Self in their dangerous game, and just who is the stranger claiming to be Self's long-lost son?

Reader

Reader

Author: Bernhard Schlink Format: eBook Release Date: 25/11/2008

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.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Self's Deception A Gerhard Self Mystery

Self's Deception A Gerhard Self Mystery

Author: Bernhard Schlink Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/06/2008

The second novel in the bestselling Gerhard Self detective series, from the author of The Reader In Self's Deception, private investigator Gerhard Self receives a request to track down the daughter of Herr Salger, the Assistant Secretary of Bonn, who's been absent from her translation classes at the university. Repelled by the pomposity of the government official, he rejects the case. But an insistent letter--and five thousand marks--changes his mind. After discrete interrogations at her school and her former residences, and a quick survey of the local hospitals, it turns out she washed up at a psych ward where he's told she had fallen out a window earlier that week and died. He quickly decides this is a lie, and decides one of the doctors is covering for her. Self quickly discovers that his quarry was involved in a terrorist incident--but a terrorist incident that the government is clearing covering up. Self helps the woman escape, finds out his own client is not Herr Salger at all but another terrorist. Now the mystery becomes what exactly happened at the military arms depot that the government doesn't want made public.

Homecoming

Homecoming

Author: Bernhard Schlink Format: eBook Release Date: 05/02/2008

A child of World War II, Peter Debauer grew up with his mother and scant memories of his father, a victim of war. Now an adult, Peter embarks upon a search for the truth surrounding his mothers unwaveringbut shakyhistory and the possibility of finding his missing father after all these years. The search takes him across Europe, to the United States, and back: finding witnesses, falling in and out of love, chasing fragments of a story and a person who may or may not exist. Within a maze of reinvented identities, Peter pieces together a portrait of a man who uses words as one might use a change of clothing, as he assumes a new guise in any given situation simply to stay alive.The chase leads Peter to New York City, where he hopes to find the real person behind the disguises. Operating under an assumed identity of his own, Peter unravels the secrets surrounding Columbia Universitys celebrated political science professor and best-selling author John de Baur, who is known for his incendiary philosophy and the charismatic rapport he has with his students. Terrifying mind games challenge Peters ability to bring to light the truth surrounding his family history while still holding on to the love of a woman who promises a new life, free of lies and deceit.From the Compact Disc edition.

Der Vorleser

Der Vorleser

Author: Bernhard Schlink Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2003

Flights of Love

Flights of Love

Author: Bernhard Schlink Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2002

'Perfectly crafted, intricate and haunting stories' from the bestselling author of THE READER. A mesmeric collection of stories about love. In his characteristically unsentimental, elegant and spare prose, Schlink unveils characters and relationships haunted by betrayal and guilt, in situations where self-examination is inescapable. FLIGHTS OF LOVE consists of seven stories, all of them weaving around the idea of love - why people are drawn to it and why some run away. Schlink shows us in turn love as desire, love as confusion, love as a quick affair, love as a drastic life-changing rebellion, love as a force of habit, love as self-betrayal. The cumulative effect is a book which uses effortlessly beguiling language to examine the universal human desire to find a lasting loving relationship, however thwarted that desire ultimately is.

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