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Published to tie-in with the Hollywood blockbuster THE READER starring Ralph Fiennes and Kate Winslet THE READER has become a literary sensation and international bestseller Published to critical acclaim across the world, it has been translated into 39 languages It has sold over 300,000 copies in Phoenix Paperback alone It reprints regularly - 30 times to date An Oprah Book Club selection Schlink has received exceptional reviews for his masterpiece: 'For generations to come, people will be reading and marvelling over Bernhard Schlink's THE READER' Evening Standard 'A sensitive, daring, deeply moving book about the tragic results of fear and the redemptive power of understanding' Ruth Rendell 'A formally beautiful, disturbing and finally morally devastating novel' LA Times 'Moving, suggestive and ultimately hopeful... Leaps national boundaries and speaks straight to the heart' New York Times Book Review 'Examines the nature of understanding and tests the limits of forgiveness... The result is as compelling as any thriller' The Times 'Readers of the book - thousands, one hopes - will understand the nature of atonement when they have finished reading it' Daily Telegraph
Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany in 1944. He is a professor of law at the University of Berlin and a practising judge. He lives in Bonn and Berlin.
A tender, horrifying novel that shows blazingly well how the Holocaust should be dealt with in fiction * MATURE TIMES * This mesmerising novel is a story of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of post-war Germany * WESTERN MORNING NEWS * A hauntingly beautiful read * SUFFOLK FREE PRESS * a profound and deeply moving examination of what drives perfectly ordinary people to do the most appalling things...hard to put down * YORK PRESS * A powerful book, it lingers in the mind * OXFORD TIMES * The Reader cannot be ignored. It challenges core definitions of good and evil...The Reader brings us face to face with how little we know about the people around us -- Norman Lebrecht * EVENING STANDARD * Schlink's novel has a wondeful clarity of style that serves to emphasise the moral complexity of its subject matter * DAILY TELEGRAPH * [Schlink] explores the conflict between generations, wrestling with collective guilt and individual motivation. He examines the nature if understanding and tests the limits of forgiveness. He does these things with honesty, restraint and a moral precision both unsettling and rare. The result is as compelling as any thriller * The Times * Haunting and unforgettable * Literary Review * For generations to come, people will be reading and marvelling over Bernhard Schlink's The Reader * Evening Standard * The Reader by Bernhard Schlink is the German novel I have been waiting for: it objectifies the Holocaust and legitimately makes all mankind responsible -- Sir Peter Hall * Observer * Leaps national boundaries and speaks straight to the heart . . . a moving, suggestive and ultimately hopeful work * New York Times * Schlink's extraordinary novel The Reader is a compelling meditation on the connections between Germany's past and its present, dramatised with extreme emotional intelligence as the story of a relationship between the narrator and an older woman. It has won deserved praise across Europe for the tact and power with which it handles its material, both erotic and philosophical * Independent * Deeply moving, sensitive enough to make me wince, a Holocaust novel, but light years away from the common run -- Ruth Rendell * Sunday Telegraph *