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Bernhard Schlink
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Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany. He is the author of The Weekend, as well as the internationally bestselling novels The Reader and Homecoming, as well as the collection of short stories Flights of Love and four prizewinning crime novels—The Gordian Knot, Self's Deception, Self's Punishment, and Self’s Murder. He is a former judge and teaches public law and legal philosophy at Humboldt University in Berlin and at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City.

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El lector (Movie Tie-in Edition)

Written by Bernhard Schlink


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: November 25, 2008
Price: $13.95

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Flights of Love
Stories
Written by Bernhard Schlink


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $15.00

Bernhard Schlink brings to these seven superbly crafted stories the same sleek concision and moral acuity that made The Reader an international bestseller. His characters—men with importunate appetites and unfortunate habits of deception—are uneasily suspended between the desire for love and the impulse toward flight.

A young boy’s fascination with an eerily... Read more >
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Flights of Love
Stories
Written by Bernhard Schlink


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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The Gordian Knot

Written by Bernhard Schlink


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 2010
Price: $15.95

Georg Polger ekes out a lonely living as a freelance translator in the south of France, until he is approached by a certain Mr. Bulnakov, who has a intriguing proposition: Georg is to take over a local translation agency and finish a project left by the previous owner, who died in... Read more >
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The Gordian Knot

Written by Bernhard Schlink


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 2010
Price: $11.99

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Homecoming

Written by Bernhard Schlink


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $14.95

The first novel by Bernhard Schlink since his international best seller The Reader, Homecoming is the story of one man's odyssey and another man's pursuit.

A child of World War II, Peter Debauer grew up with his mother and scant memories of his father, a victim of war. Now an adult, Peter... Read more >
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Homecoming
A Novel
Written by Bernhard Schlink


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $11.99

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The Reader
A novel
Written by Bernhard Schlink


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 7, 1999
Price: $13.95

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... Read more >

The Reader

Written by Bernhard Schlink


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 1, 2001
Price: $9.99

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The Reader (Movie Tie-in Edition)

Written by Bernhard Schlink


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 25, 2008
Price: $13.95

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... Read more >

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Self's Deception

Written by Bernhard Schlink


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2007
Price: $15.00

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Self's Deception

Written by Bernhard Schlink


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 10, 2008
Price: $11.99

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Self's Murder

Written by Bernhard Schlink


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $15.00

Gerhard Self, the seventy-something, sambuca-drinking, Sweet-Afton smoking sleuth returns in a riveting new mystery about money-laundering, murder, and mafiosi.

Despite his failing health and his girlfriend's pleading, Gerhard Self won't stop doing what he does best—investigating. And his most recent case is one of the most intriguing of his career. Herr Welker... Read more >
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Self's Murder

Written by Bernhard Schlink


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $11.99

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Self's Punishment

Written by Bernhard Schlink and Walter Popp


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $14.00

As a young man, Gerhard Self served as a Nazi prosecutor. After the war he was barred from the judicial system and so became a private investigator. He has never, however, forgotten his complicity in evil.

Hired by a childhood friend, the aging Self searches for a prankish hacker who’s invaded the... Read more >
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Self's Punishment

Written by Bernhard Schlink and Walter Popp


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

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Summer Lies
Stories
Written by Bernhard Schlink
Translated by Carol Janeway


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 21, 2013
Price: $15.00

From Bernhard Schlink, the internationally best-selling author of The Reader, come seven provocative and masterfully calibrated stories. A keen dissection of the ways in which we play with truth and less-than-truth in our lives. Summer Lies brims with the delusions, the passions, the outbursts, and the sometimes irrational justifications people make... Read more >
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Summer Lies
Stories
Written by Bernhard Schlink
Translated by Carol Janeway


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 14, 2012
Price: $11.99

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The Weekend

Written by Bernhard Schlink


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 27, 2011
Price: $15.00

Old friends and lovers reunite for a weekend in a secluded country home after spending decades apart.

They excavate old memories and pass clandestine judgments on the wildly divergent paths they’ve taken since their youth. But this isn’t just any reunion, and their conversations about the old days aren’t your typical reminiscences... Read more >
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The Weekend
A Novel
Written by Bernhard Schlink
Translated by Shaun Whiteside


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $11.99

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