The Reader

Written byBernhard Schlink Carol Brown Janeway

Published in

About "The Reader"

Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the moral claims it makes upon the reader, this mesmerizing novel is a story of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of postwar Germany.When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover—then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.

  • Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • German Literature
  • Classics
  • Holocaust
  • Romance
  • Historical
  • Germany
  • War
  • World War II
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Fiction (1997)
  • Exclusive Books Boeke Prize (1999)
  • Prix des libraires du Québec for Lauréats hors Québec (1997)
  • Prix Laure Bataillon (1997)
  • Premio Grinzane Cavour Nominee for Narrativa Straniera (1997)
  • Ελληνο-γερμανικό Βραβείο Μετάφρασης for Ιάκωβος Κοπερτί (2000)
  • International Dublin Literary Award Nominee for Shortlist (1999)
  • Germany
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