The ReaderAuthor: Bernhard Schlink
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For 15-year-old Michael Berg, a chance meeting with an older woman leads to far more than he ever imagined. The woman in question is Hanna, and before long they embark on a passionate, clandestine love affair which leaves Michael both euphoric and confused, for Hanna is not all she seems. Years later, as a law student observing a trial in Germany, Michael is shocked to realize that the person in the dock is Hanna. The woman he had loved is a criminal. Much about her behaviour during the trial does not make sense. But then suddenly, and terribly, it does - Hanna is not only obliged to answer for a horrible crime, she is also desperately concealing an even deeper secret.
The film based on the book was released in late 2008. The adaptation was written by David Hare. It was directed by Stephen Daldry and stars Ralph Fienes and Kate Winslet.
AwardsAward: Winner, South African Boeke Prize Year: 1999
Classifications:Prize Winning Fiction, Prize Winning
Category:Fiction General Fiction