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The Reader - Bernhard Schlink

Paperback Published: 14th February 1998
ISBN: 9780753804704
Number Of Pages: 240

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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.

Industry Reviews

'Moving, suggestive and ultimately hopeful... Leaps national boundaries and speaks straight to the heart.'
New York Times Book Review

'For generations to come, people will be reading and marvelling over Bernhard Schlink's The Reader.'
Evening Standard

'Readers of the book - thousands, one hopes - will understand the nature of atonement when they have finished reading it.'
Daily Telegraph

'A sensitive, daring, deeply moving book about the tragic results of fear and the redemptive power of understanding.'
Ruth Rendell

Very enjoyable book.


This is the fourth book, almost in a row, that I have read from this author. I have found all of his books to be very well written and captivating, almost like you are watching a movie (which I note this book has actually been made into). I would definitely recommend it.

Perth, Western Australia


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ISBN: 9780753804704
ISBN-10: 0753804700
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 14th February 1998
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.8  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1

Bernhard Schlink

About the Author

Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany in 1944. A professor of law at the University of Berlin and a practising judge, he is the author of the major international best-selling novel The Reader as well as several prize-winning crime novels. He lives in Bonn and Berlin.

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