The Reader (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Vintage International)By Bernhard Schlink
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- Author: Bernhard Schlink
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Schlink, Bernhard
- Published: 2008-11-25
- Edition: Reissue
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.