The Reader

Author: Bernhard Schlink
Homepage 9780753804704

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  • : $22.99(AUD)
  • : 9780753804704
  • : Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • : Phoenix
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  • : 0.23
  • : October 1997
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 16mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : 19.99
  • : October 2010
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  • : books

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  • : Bernhard Schlink
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 216
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Barcode 9780753804704


An exceptionally powerful novel exploring the themes of betrayal, guilt and memory against the background of the Holocaust. An international bestseller.

For 15-year-old Michael Berg, a chance meeting with an older woman leads to far more than he ever imagined. The woman in question is Hanna, and before long they embark on a passionate, clandestine love affair which leaves Michael both euphoric and confused. For Hanna is not all she seems.

Years later, as a law student observing a trial in Germany, Michael is shocked to realize that the person in the dock is Hanna. The woman he had loved is a criminal. Much about her behaviour during the trial does not make sense. But then suddenly, and terribly, it does - Hanna is not only obliged to answer for a horrible crime, she is also desperately concealing an even deeper secret.

'A tender, horrifying novel that shows blazingly well how the Holocaust should be dealt with in fiction. A thriller, a love story and a deeply moving examination of a German conscience' INDEPENDENT

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Part of the Phoenix 'Eyewitness to History' promotion


Shortlisted for Heathrow Travel Product Award: Travel Read, Fiction 2009.


"A stunning examination of evil, this novel explores crime and punishment, love and guilt, dignity and degradation." GOOD BOOK GUIDE