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Bernhard Schlink

Biography

Bernhard Schlink

Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany. He is the author of THE WOMAN ON THE STAIRS, THE WEEKEND, and the internationally bestselling novels THE READER and HOMECOMING, as well as the collection of short stories FLIGHTS OF LOVE and four prizewinning crime novels --- THE GORDION KNOT, SELF'S DECEPTION, SELF'S PUNISHMENT and SELF'S MURDER. He is a former judge and teaches public law and legal philosophy at Humboldt University in Berlin and at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City.

Bernhard Schlink

Books by Bernhard Schlink

written by Bernhard Schlink, translated by Joyce Hackett and Bradley Schmidt - Fiction, Mystery

In a museum far from home, a lawyer stumbles across a painting of a woman he once knew, Irene. Decades before, he had become entangled in her affairs when he was called on to settle a dispute between her husband, who had commissioned the portrait, and the painter of the work --- who was also her lover. When, ultimately, the lawyer fell in love with her himself and risked everything for her, she mysteriously disappeared --- along with the painting. Now, face to face with the portrait once again, the lawyer must reconcile his past and present selves. When he eventually locates Irene, he is forced to confront the truth of his love --- and the reality that his life has been irrevocably changed.