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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August 2017 New School Classic Poll

The Color Purple by Alice Walker, 1982, 295 pgs
 
  47 votes, 14.4%

The Trial by Franz Kafka, 1925, 255 pgs
 
  33 votes, 10.1%

The Godfather by Mario Puzo, 1969, 448 pgs
 
  31 votes, 9.5%

 
  29 votes, 8.9%

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, 1906, 335 pgs
 
  27 votes, 8.3%

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, 1939, 231 pgs
 
  24 votes, 7.4%

Light in August by William Faulkner, 1932, 381 pgs
 
  22 votes, 6.7%

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink, 1995, 216 pgs
 
  21 votes, 6.4%

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  19 votes, 5.8%

 
  19 votes, 5.8%

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  14 votes, 4.3%

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  6 votes, 1.8%

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  4 votes, 1.2%

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  3 votes, 0.9%

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  3 votes, 0.9%

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  2 votes, 0.6%

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