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The reader

By: Schlink, Prof Bernhard

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0753804700 / 9780753804704
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20 cm 216 p.
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Reprint. This translation originally published: London: Phoenix House, 1997.
THE READER has become an international sensation Published to critical acclaim across the world, THE READER has been sold in 24 countries 'For generations to come, people will be reading and marvelling over Bernhard Schlink's THE READER' EVENING STANDARD 'THE READER is a fine novel, as far above a Holocaust genre as CRIME AND PUNISHMENT is above the average thriller. A sensitive, daring, deeply moving book about the tragic results of fear and the redemptive power of understanding' Ruth Rendell 300,000 copies of the Phoenix Paperback edition already sold THE READER was an 'Oprah Choice'.

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. 'A tender, horrifying novel that shows blazingly well how the Holocaust should be dealt with in fiction. A thriller, a love story and a deeply moving examination of a German conscience' INDEPENDENT SATURDAY MAGAZINE


FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

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