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About the Book:

Translator: Carol Brown Janeway
Publisher: Vintage Books
Language: English (originally German)
No. of pages: 226 in kindle | 240 of Paperback
Year of Publication: 2001 (first published 1995)
ISBN: 9780307454898

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Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the moral claims it makes upon the reader, this mesmerizing novel is a story of love and secrets, horror, and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of postwar Germany.

When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover—then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.