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The Reader

 
 
 
 
The Reader
Author: Bernhard Schlink
ISBN 13: 9780375707971
ISBN 10: 375707972
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: 1997
Format: Paperback
Pages: 218
List Price: $14.95
 
 

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.

Los Angeles Times

A formally beautiful, disturbing and finally morally devastating novel. From the first page, [The Reader] enshares both heart and mind.