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By Bernhard Schlink

Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the ethical claims it makes upon the reader, this spell binding novel is a narrative of affection and secrets and techniques, horror and compassion, unfolding opposed to the haunted panorama of postwar Germany.

When he falls ailing on his approach domestic from college, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued via Hanna, a girl two times his age. In time she turns into his lover—then she inexplicably disappears. while Michael subsequent sees her, he's a tender legislation scholar, and he or she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to guard her innocence, Michael progressively realizes that Hanna should be guarding a mystery she considers extra shameful than homicide.

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