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Sommerlügen

Summer Lies

Published by Diogenes as Sommerlügen
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The day she stopped loving her children … So begins the story of a woman who realises that what gave her life meaning no longer does. She goes in search of, and finds the man she loved as a student and who loved her in return. Did she make the wrong decision back then? A son wants to know at long last who his father is and go on a journey with him. A man with an incurable illness arranges a summer with his family to take leave of life while it is still beautiful. A man on a plane hears the confession of his fellow passenger's life – or is it all a pack of lies? Why does a young man and father try to keep his successful wife hidden from the world? What compels a lover to keep lying to the woman he loves only to lose her- and himself in his own lies? And how do you loosen the ropes that attach you to your old life when late-flowering love holds out the promise of a new life? A gentle revealing of the lies by which we live is at the crux of these unerringly clear, beautiful short stories laced with melancholy.


General Fiction
288 pages
2010

978-3-257-06753-8

World rights are handled by Diogenes

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»Bernhard Schlink casts deep, and has produced some intimate pieces – exquisite and full of subtle nuances.«
Focus, Munich
»Schlink is considered to be the bard of his generation.«
The New York Times

»The Reader's readers will not be disappointed. Schlink still speaks like a wise friend with a delicate secret to tell.«

Boyd Tonkin / Independent

»Eloquent and profound [...] A generally top-notch collection from Schlink.«

Publishers Weekly, New York
»Bernhard Schlink casts deep, and has produced some intimate pieces – exquisite and full of subtle nuances.«
Focus, Munich
»Schlink is considered to be the bard of his generation.«
The New York Times

»The Reader's readers will not be disappointed. Schlink still speaks like a wise friend with a delicate secret to tell.«

Boyd Tonkin / Independent

»Eloquent and profound [...] A generally top-notch collection from Schlink.«

Publishers Weekly, New York
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