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    DescriptionFor 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


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    Title
    The Reader
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bernhard Schlink, Translated by Carol Brown Janeway
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 222 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780753804704
    ISBN 10: 0753804700
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    DC21: 833.914
    Libri: ENGM1010
    LC subject heading: ,
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: DEUT3010
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000, FIC019000, FIC027110
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Illustrations note
    32 colour illustrations
    Publisher
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
    Publication date
    02 October 2003
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany in 1944. He is a professor of law at the University of Berlin and a practising judge. He lives in Bonn and Berlin.
    Review quote
    A stunning examination of evil, this novel explores crime and punishment, love and guilt, dignity and degradation. GOOD BOOK GUIDE
    Review text
    A compact portrayal of a teenaged German boy's love affair with an emotionally remote older woman, and the troubled consequence of his discovery of who she really is and why she simultaneously needed him and rejected him. Seven years after their intimacy, university student Michael Berg accidentally learns that (now) 40ish Hannah Schmitz had concealed from him a past that reaches back to Auschwitz and had burdened her with nightmares from which her young lover was powerless to awaken her. Toward its climax, the novel becomes, fitfully, frustratingly abstract, but on balance this is a gripping psychological study that moves skillfully toward its surprising and moving conclusion. (Kirkus Reviews)