The Reader - W&N Essentials (Paperback)Bernhard Schlink (author)
An exceptionally powerful novel exploring the themes of betrayal, guilt and memory against the background of the Holocaust. An international bestseller.
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
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 212 g
Dimensions: 133 x 201 x 19 mm
Deeply moving, sensitive enough to make me wince, a Holocaust novel, but light years away from the common run - Ruth Rendell, Sunday Telegraph
Schlink's extraordinary novel The Reader is a compelling meditation on the connections between Germany's past and its present, dramatised with extreme emotional intelligence as the story of a relationship between the narrator and an older woman. It has won deserved praise across Europe for the tact and power with which it handles its material, both erotic and philosophical - Independent
Leaps national boundaries and speaks straight to the heart . . . a moving, suggestive and ultimately hopeful work - New York Times
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink is the German novel I have been waiting for: it objectifies the Holocaust and legitimately makes all mankind responsible - Sir Peter Hall, Observer
For generations to come, people will be reading and marvelling over Bernhard Schlink's The Reader - Evening Standard
Haunting and unforgettable - Literary Review
A stunning examination of evil, this novel explores crime and punishment, love and guilt, dignity and degradation. - GOOD BOOK GUIDE
[Schlink] explores the conflict between generations, wrestling with collective guilt and individual motivation. He examines the nature if understanding and tests the limits of forgiveness. He does these things with honesty, restraint and a moral precision both unsettling and rare. The result is as compelling as any thriller - The Times
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