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One of my favourite books of 1998, the sort that, on completion, leaves you stunned and really does stay with you for – well, in my case – years as it was 10 years ago that I read it but now, with the film coming, it’s going to be back in the limelight. That sensation of admiration is still with me. Clever, beautifully written, short, stark and hard-hitting, it is a tale of sex, guilt and shame with the holocaust raising its ugly head in an original and alarming way.
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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.
"Schlink's novel has a wondeful clarity of style that serves to emphasise the moral complexity of its subject matter" DAILY TELEGRAPH
"A stunning examination of evil, this novel explores crime and punishment, love and guilt, dignity and degradation." GOOD BOOK GUIDE
"The Reader cannot be ignored. It challenges core definitions of good and evil...The Reader brings us face to face with how little we know about the people around us" Norman Lebrecht, EVENING STANDARD
"A powerful book, it lingers in the mind" OXFORD TIMES
"a profound and deeply moving examination of what drives perfectly ordinary people to do the most appalling things...hard to put down" YORK PRESS
Publication date: 02/07/2009
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||2nd July 2009|
|Publisher:||Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
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.More About Bernhard Schlink