The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

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. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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The 711th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - The Bigger Read List (English PEN)
  2. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Reader Publisher: Vintage Paperback 7664679 $8.02 $3.18 1997
(The Reader) By Schlink, Bernhard (Author) Paperback on 07-Mar-1999 Paperback 3308389 $16.88 $5.50 1997
The Reader (Oprah's Book Club) (Paperback) Paperback 6416404 $13.87 $9.92 1997
The Reader by Schlink. Prof Bernhard ( 2008 ) Paperback Paperback 3943883 $53.99 $7.47 2008
The Reader (text only) Reissue edition by B. Schlink Paperback 10100638 $25.02 $5.49 2008
El lector (Movie Tie-in Edition) / The Reader (Spanish Edition) Paperback 2662097 $9.99 $1.59 2008
A voce alta. The reader Perfect Paperback 9262978 $22.89 2010
The Reader (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Vintage International) Paperback 636561 $0.01 $0.01 2008
The Reader Paperback 38621 $1.49 $0.01
The Reader (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) Hardcover 174368 $17.90 $5.73 1999
The Reader (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Vintage International) Mass Market Paperback 1124208 $0.62 $0.01 2008
The Reader Audio CD 1792408 $6.74 $0.83 2008
The Reader (Chinese Edition) Paperback 7807705 $11.36 $11.34 2009
The Reader (Korean Edition) Paperback 5974153 $19.99 2004
The Reader by Prof Bernhard Schlink (2008-12-01) Paperback 1367221 $61.78 $14.99 2008
The Reader Kindle Edition 52887 2001