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ISBN13: 9780375726972
ISBN10: 0375726977
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A young man and an older woman have a torrid love affair, until she disappears one day without a trace. Ten years later, he's in law school, watching a trial, and there she is: charged with Nazi war crimes! Yes, she does have a secret, but it's not what you think. Excellent!
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Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the moral claims it makes upon the reader, this mesmerizing novel is a story of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of postwar Germany.

When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover—then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.

Synopsis:

At the age of fifteen, Michael Berg falls in love with a woman who disappears, and while observing a trial as a law student years later, he is shocked to discover the same woman as the defendant in a horrible crime

About the Author

Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany in 1944. A professor of law at the University of Berlin and a practicing judge, he is also the author of several prize-winning crime novels. He lives in Bonn and Berlin.

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I hope to read it soon :P
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375726972
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
Literary
Translator:
Janeway, Carol Brown
Translated by:
Carol Brown Janeway
Author:
Schlink, Bernhard
Author:
Schlink, Berhard
Author:
Bernhard Schlink
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Fiction-Literary
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Legal
Subject:
Romance
Subject:
General
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
War crime trials
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Film and Television-Novelization
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
LIT-OLD FAVE201EndCap
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Edition Description:
Vintage Intl
Publication Date:
1998
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
218

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The Reader: A Novel
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Product details 218 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780375726972 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

A young man and an older woman have a torrid love affair, until she disappears one day without a trace. Ten years later, he's in law school, watching a trial, and there she is: charged with Nazi war crimes! Yes, she does have a secret, but it's not what you think. Excellent!

"Synopsis" by , At the age of fifteen, Michael Berg falls in love with a woman who disappears, and while observing a trial as a law student years later, he is shocked to discover the same woman as the defendant in a horrible crime
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