The phenomenal success of the novel by the modern German writer Bernhard Schlink «The Reader» (1995) is comparable only to the popularity of Patrick Suskind’s novel «Perfume», published twenty years earlier. The Reader has been translated into thirty-nine languages of the world, the book has become an international bestseller and has collected a whole bunch of prestigious literary awards in Europe and America.
The sudden romance between a fifteen-year-old boy from a professorial family and a mature woman ended just as abruptly when she disappeared from the city without warning. Eight years later, now a graduate law student, he saw her again — among the former overseers of the women’s concentration camp at the trial against Nazi criminals. But this is not the only secret that was revealed to the hero of Bernhard Schlink’s novel The Reader.
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