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Der Vorleser

The Reader

Published by Diogenes as Der Vorleser
Original Title: Der Vorleser

On the way home, a fifteen-year-old boy called Michael Berg gets into difficulties. A woman in her mid-thirties helps him out. Some time later, the boy takes her a bunch of flowers as a way of saying thank you. He visits her again. Hanna is the first woman he has ever desired, and a secret love begins. But there is something dark and mysterious about Hanna, and she reacts irritably to his questions about who she is. One day she disappears. She vanishes from Michael's life, but not from his thoughts. As a student of law he encounters Hanna again in court. The young man gets a shock when he realises he has loved a criminal. He can see no rhyme nor reason in the way Hanna behaves during the trial. That is, until the scales fall from his eyes. For Hanna is not only guilty of a cruel crime, she also has a desperately well-protected secret. The past is unveiled – Michael's past love, and the past of Germany. Michael realises that he cannot escape from either of them. A woman who is difficult to understand or accept, either for Michael or the reader. And the dilemma of a generation.


General Fiction, Compulsory Reading, Gift Books
208 pages
1995

978-3-257-06065-2

World rights are handled by Diogenes

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»A formally beautiful, disturbing and finally morally devastating novel. ›The Reader‹ ensnares both heart and mind.«
Los Angeles Times

»Arresting, philosophically elegant, morally complex. Mr. Schlink tells his story with marvelous directness and simplicity.«

The New York Times

»A sensitive, daring, deeply moving book about the tragic results of fear and the redemptive power of understanding.«

Ruth Rendell

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

Evening Standard, London
»A formally beautiful, disturbing and finally morally devastating novel. ›The Reader‹ ensnares both heart and mind.«
Los Angeles Times

»Arresting, philosophically elegant, morally complex. Mr. Schlink tells his story with marvelous directness and simplicity.«

The New York Times

»A sensitive, daring, deeply moving book about the tragic results of fear and the redemptive power of understanding.«

Ruth Rendell

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

Evening Standard, London
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