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This is an auction for THE READER by Bernhard Schlink.

Amazon.com review:

"Originally published in Switzerland, and gracefully translated into English by Carol Brown Janeway, THE READER is a tale about sex, love, reading, and shame in postwar Germany. Michael Berg is 15 when he begins a long, obsessive affair with Hanna, an enigmatic older woman. He never learns very much about her, and when she disappears one day, he expects never to see her again. But, to his horror, he does. Hanna is a defendant in a trial related to Germany's Nazi past, and it soon becomes clear that she is guilty of an unspeakable crime. THE READER wrestles with many demons in its remarkably lucid pages. What does it mean to love those people - parents, grandparents, even lovers - who committed the worst atrocities the world has ever known? And is any atonement possible through literature? Schlink's prose is clean and pared down, stripped of unnecessary imagery, dialogue, and excess in any form. What remains is an austerely beautiful narrative of the attempt to breach the gap between Germany's pre - and postwar generations, between the guilty and the innocent, and between words and silence."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 2001.

216 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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