Bernhard Schlink

Bernhard Schlink is a German lawyer, academic, and author. He is best known for his novel 'The Reader', which became an international bestseller and was adapted into an award-winning film.

Books

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  1. 1. The Reader

    "The Reader" is a poignant narrative centered around a young German boy's complex relationship with an older woman, who later turns out to be a former Auschwitz guard. Their relationship begins with her teaching him to read, but takes a drastic turn when she disappears, only to reemerge on trial for war crimes. The novel explores themes of guilt, shame, and redemption, as the boy, now a law student, grapples with his feelings for a woman he once loved, but whose past actions he cannot reconcile with.

    The 1087th Greatest Book of All Time