Bernhard Schlink


Born
in Bielefeld, Germany
July 06, 1944

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Bernhard Schlink is a German jurist and writer. He became a judge at the Constitutional Court of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia in 1988 and has been a professor of public law and the philosophy of law at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany since January 2006.

His career as a writer began with several detective novels with a main character named Selb--a play on the German word for "self." In 1995 he published The Reader (Der Vorleser), a partly autobiographical novel. The book became a bestseller both in Germany and the United States and was translated into 39 languages. It was the first German book to reach the number one position in the New York Times bestseller list.

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“There's no need to talk about it, because the truth of what one says lies in what one does.”
Bernhard Schlink, The Reader

“I'm not frightened. I'm not frightened of anything. The more I suffer, the more I love. Danger will only increase my love. It will sharpen it, forgive its vice. I will be the only angel you need. You will leave life even more beautiful than you entered it. Heaven will take you back and look at you and say: Only one thing can make a soul complete and that thing is love.”
Bernhard Schlink, The Reader

“Why? Why does what was beautiful suddenly shatter in hindsight because it concealed dark truths? Why does the memory of years of happy marriage turn to gall when our partner is revealed to have had a lover all those years? Because such a situation makes it impossible to be happy? But we were happy! Sometimes the memory of happiness cannot stay true because it ended unhappily. Because happiness is only real if it lasts forever? Because things always end painfully if they contained pain, conscious or unconscious, all along? But what is unconscious, unrecognized pain?”
Bernhard Schlink, The Reader

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December 2015 New School Classics Group Read

 
  25 votes, 18.2%

1972, Watership Down by Richard Adams, 481 pages
 
  18 votes, 13.1%

 
  16 votes, 11.7%

 
  14 votes, 10.2%

 
  12 votes, 8.8%

 
  8 votes, 5.8%

1987, Beloved by Toni Morrison, 324 pages
 
  6 votes, 4.4%

1950, A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute, 359 pages
 
  6 votes, 4.4%

1963, The Collector by John Fowles, 283 pages
 
  6 votes, 4.4%

1974, Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, 144 pages
 
  6 votes, 4.4%

 
  5 votes, 3.6%

1935, BUtterfield 8 by John O'Hara, 256 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.9%

1995, The Reader by Bernhard Schlink, 216 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.9%

 
  3 votes, 2.2%

 
  2 votes, 1.5%

1937, Christ in Concrete by Pietro Di Donato, 256 pages
 
  1 vote, 0.7%

1974, The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, 267 pages
 
  1 vote, 0.7%

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