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A powerful novel from the bestselling author of THE READER THE READER was an international bestseller, translated into 39 languages and winner of several international prizes. It has sold over 350,000 copies to date in the UK. The film is due for release in 2008 starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes. HOMECOMING has received fantastic reviews: 'Very readable. Schlink has put together a clever package and skilfully guides the reader through modern German history' Sunday Telegraph 'It is precisely with his nuanced portraits of minor characters... that Schlink truly succeeds' TLS 'Schlink is an accomplished and intelligent writer whose literary prose reads as well as well as the crime thrillers of which he is an acknowledged master' Evening Standard 'An engaging writer... a brave attempt at confronting Germany's stained past and uncertain identity' Daily Telegraph 'Another quietly engrossing and ambitious tale... intellectually challenging, but pacily written... I know of no other writer who engages with the struggle between the individual and the political world as deftly - and poetically - as Bernhard Schlink' The Herald

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Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany in 1944. A professor of law at the University of Berlin and a practising judge, he is the author of the major international bestselling novel THE READER as well as several prize-winning crime novels. He lives in Bonn and Berlin.


Peter Dabauer's determined search for an author and the ending of a book marks the starting point for his own literary journey, but his answers yield only more questions in Schlink's new novel. Dabauer's life symbolically resembles the book's exploits while he is further befuddled by increasing discoveries about his own path and its connection to the potential author. Like all quests, his is not particularly linear and he is often interrupted by his own present-day tribulations. Paul Michael keeps readers enthralled with a soft and mellow voice that connects words and sentences fluidly. He instills Dabauer's first-person tone with a light Germanic accent, which personalizes Dabauer to listeners. Simultaneous release with the Pantheon hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 15, 2007). (Feb.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

An even deeper mystery unravels in this compelling tale that addresses Germany's troubled history, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the challenges facing a country that's still very much divided * SHE *
Schlink's book of longing remains both stylish and intelligent * OBSERVER *
a book of disarming honesty and insight * GOOD BOOK GUIDE *
Schlink wrestles with how to deal with the sins of fathers in this absorbing novel. * WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY *

Such themes as family, identity, and belonging are central to Schlink's leisurely, meditative novel. Peter Debauer grows up in postwar Germany thinking his Swiss father is dead. As a boy he becomes obsessed by a novel published by his grandparents, about a prisoner of war's struggle to return home. The man's predicament foreshadows events in Peter's life, with unexpected consequences. As in his masterpiece, The Reader, Schlink explores questions of guilt and responsibility. Though Homecoming does not have quite the same emotional impact as the earlier novel, Paul Michael, employing a slight German accent, gives it an excellent, heartfelt reading. Recommended for all collections. [This is Schlink's first novel since The Reader, an international best seller published here in 1997 and an Oprah Book Club selection in 1999; his story collection Flights of Love appeared in 2001.--Ed.]--Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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