Homecoming

by Bernhard Schlink

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Homecoming shares some of the themes from The Reader, Schlinks highly successful novel from 10 years ago, dealing with the “scars of history” in the wake of the Second World War. The main character goes on a journey to find out what happened to his German father in World War II with his travels reflecting some experiences of Homer’s Odysseus in The Odyssey. Not all the allusions may be clear for those not familiar with Homer, but it still makes for a moving and thought provoking story.

Homecoming Synopsis

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.

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Closing date: 07/09/2018

Barbara Erskine's fabulous new book The Ghost Tree is out on the 23rd August. In order to celebrate we are giving away a SIGNED copy of the new book to THREE lucky winners!! The competiton closes on the 7th Septmber 2018. The winner will be informed by the 17th September 2018. The past is about to become the present... The inspiration for The Ghost Tree lies in Barbara Erskine's own personal history - branching back to the days of Thomas Erskine, her great grandfather, five times removed. Once again, the Sunday Times bestselling author brings the past to life in vivid, spellbinding colour. 

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Homecoming Press Reviews

"a many-layered tale that draws on The Odyssey for its framework... a fine but elusive novel."
Joanna Briscoe, The Guardian

"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

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ISBN: 9780753823286
Publication date: 05/02/2009
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780297844686
Publication date: 03/01/2008
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780753823286
Publication date: 5th February 2009
Author: Bernhard Schlink
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Bernhard Schlink

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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