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Bernhard Schlink biography

Bernhard Schlink interviews

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Bernhard Schlink essays

“The Reader” Review

 

Bernhard Schlink was born in Bethel, Germany, in 1944, to a German father and a Swiss mother, the youngest of 4 children. Both his parents were theology students, although his father lost his job as a Professor of Theology due to the Nazis, and had to settle on being a pastor instead. Bernhard Schlink was brought up in Heidelberg from the age of 2. He studied law at West Berlin’s Free University, graduating in 1968, and became a Professor of the History of Law at Humboldt University in Berlin. For 2 days a month, he sits a judge in the constitutional court of North Rhein-Westphalia. In the mid-80s, he realised that he was not satisfied with just academic writing, and turned to fiction. Making jewellery and his skills as a masseur did not provide the satisfaction he needed otherwise. Writing seems to have run in the family: on of his aunts had several genre novels published, and his uncle had also written a novel that remains unpublished. 1987 saw the publication of his first novel, “Selbs Justiz” (“Self’s Punishment”), co-written with Walter Popp. This was a crime novel, the first to feature a recurring character called “Self”. This was followed in 1988 by “Die gordische Schleife” (“The Gordian Knot”), and in 1992 by “Selbs Betrug” (“Self Deception”). In 1995, his most famous novel was published – “Der Vorleser” (“The Reader”). This was followed up in 2000 by “Liebesfluchten” (“Flights of Love”), a collection of short stories. In 2001, another Self novel, “Selbs Mord” (“Self Slaughter”) was published. All the Self novels are currently being translated into English. “The Reader” is set to become a film directed by Anthony Minghella.

 

Bernhard Schlink biography

Bernhard Schlink interviews

Bernhard Schlink links

Bernhard Schlink essays

“The Reader” Review

 

The Beatrice interview - with Ron Hogan

 

Bernhard Schlink: Negotiating with the Dead – Christina Patterson interviews Bernhard Schlink for The Independent

 

Reader’s guide to a moral maze – Nicholas Wroe talks to Bernhard Schlink

 

Reading by Bernhard Schlink - Schlink reads an extract from The Reader

 

New York Review of Books - a portrait of Bernhard Schlink by David Levine

 

Reading Group Guides - has a useful discussion of the novel

 

The Reader - read Kevin Patrick Mahoney's review

 

The Reader - an excerpt from Chapter 1

 

Bernhard Schlink biography

Bernhard Schlink interviews

Bernhard Schlink links

Bernhard Schlink essays

“The Reader” Review

 

Law and Tenderness in Bernhard Schlink’s “The Reader” – John E. MacKinnon’s essay in “Law and Literature”, Summer 2004, Vol.16, No. 2 – looks like you have to subscribe to read

 

(Il)literacy and (Im)morality in Bernhard Schlink’s “The Reader” – by John S. Finlay in “Written Language & Literacy”, Volume 4, No. 2, June 2002 – you have to pay hefty price to gain access to this access, so it’s best to see if your university library has access to it

 

Bernhard Schlink’s “Der Vorleser” and the Problem of Shame – B. Niven’s essay in “The Modern Language Review”, Volume 98, No. 2, April 2003. Again, you have to pay to gain access to this essay

 

A Sympathy that does not condone: Notes in summation on Schlink’s “The Reader”- Richard H. Weisberg’s essay in “Law and Literature”, Summer 2004, Vol. 16, No. 2

 

Bernhard Schlink’s “The Reader”: Performing past upon present – details of a literary conference on the novel

 

The caesura of the Holocaust in Martin Amis’ “Time’s Arrow” and Bernhard Schlink’s “The Reader” – by Ann Parry in “Journal of European Studies”, September 1999. Again, you have to pay to gain access to this essay

 

“Truth is a woman”: Post-Holocaust Narrative , Postmodernism, and the Gender of Fascism in Bernhard Schlink’s “Der Vorleser” – by Oseph Metz, in “The German Quarterly”, Volune 77, No. 3, Summer 2004

 

“Our Own Private Erzählraum: Rewriting Bernhard Schlink’s Der Vorleser on the Web.” – by Caroline Schaumann in “Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German” 34.2 (Fall 2001).

 

Ernestine Schlant, “Post-Unification: Bernhard Schlink, Peter Schneider, and W. G. Sebald”, in The Language of Silence: West German Literature and the Holocaust (London and New York: Routledge, 1999)

 

Bernhard Schlink biography

Bernhard Schlink interviews

Bernhard Schlink links

Bernhard Schlink essays

“The Reader” Review