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The Reader
by Bernhard Schlink


Overview - Set in postwar Germany, The Reader is a provocative, morally challenging, and deeply moving novel about a young boy's erotic awakening in a clandestine love affair with a mysterious older woman. Falling ill on his way home from school, 15-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Set in postwar Germany, The Reader is a provocative, morally challenging, and deeply moving novel about a young boy's erotic awakening in a clandestine love affair with a mysterious older woman. Falling ill on his way home from school, 15-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. For a time, the two become passionate lovers. Then, one day, Hanna disappears without a word. Years later, as a law student observing a trial in Germany, Michael recognizes his former lover on the stand, accused of a hideous crime. And as he watches Hanna refuse to defend herself against the charges, Michael gradually realizes that she may be guarding a secret more shameful than murder.

Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the moral claims it makes upon the reader, this mesmerizing novel--and motion picture--tells a story of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of postwar Germany. (Literary Fiction)

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780307454898
  • ISBN-10: 0307454894
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Publish Date: November 2008
  • Page Count: 224

Series: Random House Movie Tie-In Books

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