Once the war is over you have to return to normal civilian life. At least, if you remember what a normal life is. Human problems replace military problems. School, career, relationships, kids…

If you want to have a look at a postwar Germany, we recommend you to read Bernhard Schlink’s book The Reader. Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the moral claims it makes upon the reader, this mesmerizing novel is a story of love and mysteries, terror and sympathy.

Michael Berg is a fifteen-year-old teenager and schoolboy. One day he falls ill on his way home from school. Fortunately, he is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. The two becomes very close and in time she becomes his lover. And suddenly she disappears.

In some years they meet again. Michael is now a law student, and Hanna is on trial for a terrible crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, the young man gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more disgraceful than murder.

What does his woman hide?

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