The Reader

by Bernhard Schlink, Carol Brown Janeway

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 hisage.

  • Hardcover
  • Pages: 216 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.73 out of 5
  • Published June 26th 1997 by Pantheon
  • Original Title: Der Vorleser
  • ISBN: 0375408266 (ISBN13: 9780375408267)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Characters: Michael Berg
  • Hanna Schmitz
  • Literary Awards: Exclusive Books Boeke Prize (1999)
  • Prix des libraires du Québec for Lauréats hors Québec (1997)
  • Prix Laure Bataillon (1997)
  • Premio Grinzane Cavour Nominee for Narrativa Straniera (1997)
  • Ελληνο-γερμανικό Βραβείο Μετάφρασης (2000)

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.