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Bernhard Schlink
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Summary: 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. From the Trade Paperback edition.


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main characters Michael Berg
Male
Rescued by Hannah when he had hepatitis as a teenager; was Hannah's lover until she disappeared; reunited with Hannah years later; law student.
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Hanna Schmitz
Female
Illiterate
Michael's lover when he was a teenager and she was in her 30's; reuinted with Michael years later; being tried as a Nazi criminal.



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