Bernhard Schlink

The voice of a generation of Germans…

Bernhard Schlink

Biography

Date of birth: 07 July 1944

Former judge Bernhard Schlink began his writing career with the detective Selb novels; a trilogy detailing the trials and tribulations of the ageing private investigator, Gerhard Selb. A former prosecutor under the Nazis, Selb is tortured by his shadowy past, and yet in order to reveal the truth he must confront the ghosts of his past.

This confrontation with the past is a theme throughout much of Bernhard's latter work, whereby he skilfully negotiates the entanglement of guilt felt by many of his generation.

The Reader, Bernhard's most successful novel to date, and the first German novel to have reached number 1 in the New York Times bestsellers list, is a semi-autobiographical novel about a teenager who has an affair with a woman in her thirties who suddenly vanishes, but whom he meets again as a law student when observing a war crimes trial. The novel was adapted into a multi award-winning film, starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes .

Such is the importance of this novel that it is now required student reading in Germany.

Book and writing awards

Hans Fallada Prize (1997)(The Reader);Prix Laure Bataillon (1997)(The Reader)

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The Reader

The Reader

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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...
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The Reader

The Reader (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 240 pages
Published: 28/02/1998
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )

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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... Read more

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Flights of Love

Flights of Love (Paperback)

by Bernhard Schlink

Format: Paperback 320 pages
Published: 07/10/2002
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )

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A mesmeric collection of stories about love. In his characteristically unsentimental, elegant and spare prose, Schlink unveils characters and... Read more

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Self's Punishment: A Mystery

Self's Punishment: A Mystery (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 04/08/2005
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )

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Sixty-eight years old; a smoker of Sweet Aftons, a dedicated drinker of Aviateur cocktails, and the owner of a charismatic cat named Turbo, Gerhard... Read more


Self's Deception: A Gerhard Self Mystery

Self's Deception: A Gerhard Self Mystery (Paperback)

by Bernhard Schlink

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 26/06/2008
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In Self's Deception, private investigator Gerhard Self receives a request to track down the daughter of Herr Salger, the Assistant Secretary of... Read more

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The Weekend

The Weekend (Paperback)

by Bernhard Schlink

Format: Paperback 240 pages
Published: 13/10/2011
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Old friends and lovers reunite for a weekend in a secluded country home after spending decades apart. They plumb their memories of each other and... Read more

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Summer Lies

Summer Lies (Paperback)

by Bernhard Schlink

Format: Paperback 288 pages
Published: 02/05/2013
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A conversation between strangers on a long-haul flight will change lives for ever; one night in Baden-Baden will threaten to tear a couple apart; a... Read more

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The Gordian Knot

The Gordian Knot (Paperback)

by Bernhard Schlink

Format: Paperback 304 pages
Published: 05/01/2012
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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... Read more

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Self's Murder: A Gerhard Self Mystery

Self's Murder: A Gerhard Self Mystery (Paperback)

by Bernhard Schlink

Format: Paperback 272 pages
Published: 14/10/2010
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PI Gerhard Self is lured out of retirement by a seemingly straightforward assignment: to find the former sleeping partner at Welker & Welker, a... Read more

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