The grand new novel by the author of New York Times #1 bestseller The Reader!
This is the story of a woman who fights and finds herself, and a man who dreams and loses himself. Their moving love is entwined with the twisting paths of German history, leading us from the late 19th to the early 21st century, from Germany to Africa and the Arctic, from the Baltic Sea to Southwest Germany.
An intelligent woman fights the prejudices of her time.
A hopeless man loses himself in African and Arctic escapades, driven by the power-hungry dreams of his time. He can only confront reality in failure – like so many of his generation. She remains tied to him throughout her life – in thought, letters and a great rebellion. This is the story of their love.
A novel full of history.
»Schlink is a brilliant stylist; this bittersweet love affair is deeply moving.«