The Woman on the Stairs

The Woman on the Stairs by Bernhard Schlink

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In a museum far from home a man stumbles onto a painting of a woman for whom he once, long ago, risked everything and who then mysteriously disappeared from his life. As a young lawyer, the nameless protagonist of The Woman on the Stairs became entangled in the affairs of three people mired in a complex and destructive relationship. An artist, the woman whose portrait he had painted, and her husband became a triangle that drew the lawyer deeper and deeper into their tangled web. Now, encountering the painting that triggered it all, the lawyer must reconcile his past and present selves; when he eventually locates the woman, he is forced to confront the truth of his love and the reality that his life has been irrevocably changed. With The Woman on the Stairs, the internationally acclaimed author of The Reader delivers a powerful new novel about obsession, creativity, and love. Intricately crafted, poignant, and beguiling, this is Bernhard Schlink writing at his peak.

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Bernhard Schlink (German Bernhard Schlink ; July 6, 1944, Bielefeld) is a German lawyer and writer. Born into the family of theology professor Edmund Schlink, who moved to Heidelberg shortly after the war. Bernhard Schlink spent his childhood and youth in Heidelberg. After graduating from a classical gymnasium, he entered the university at the Faculty of Law, later transferred to the Free University of Berlin. Having defended his candidate and then doctoral dissertation, he became a professor at the University of Bonn in 1982. In 1988 he was elected a member of the Constitutional Court of North Rhine-Westphalia. His first literary experiments date from about the same time. First, together with his friend, and then alone, he composes a trilogy about a private detective Gebhard Selba. Such a turn in biography looks extraordinary: a respectable professor, an expert on state law, suddenly turns to a "frivolous" genre. In all three books, its protagonist is confronted with event...

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Bernhard Schlink (German Bernhard Schlink ; July 6, 1944, Bielefeld) is a German lawyer and writer. Born into the family of theology professor Edmund Schlink, who moved to Heidelberg shortly after the war. Bernhard Schlink spent his childhood and youth in Heidelberg. After graduating from a classical gymnasium, he entered the university at the Faculty of Law, later transferred to the Free University of Berlin. Having defended his candidate and then doctoral dissertation, he became a professor at the University of Bonn in 1982. In 1988 he was elected a member of the Constitutional Court of North Rhine-Westphalia. His first literary experiments date from about the same time. First, together with his friend, and then alone, he composes a trilogy about a private detective Gebhard Selba. Such a turn in biography looks extraordinary: a respectable professor, an expert on state law, suddenly turns to a "frivolous" genre. In all three books, its protagonist is confronted with events that are somehow connected with an unconquered past that determines the current crimes. "Right - guilt - future" - under this heading in 1988, Schlink published his first publicistic essay, which touches upon those topics that later became key to the novel "The Reader". First of all - the theme of the internal conflict of the "second generation", torn between the desire to understand the origins of the crimes committed by the generation of parents, and the desire to condemn these crimes. Bernhard Schlink became the first West German professor of law to begin teaching at the Humboldt University of East Berlin in 1990, of which he is still a professor. The novel "The Reader" ("Vorleser") appeared in the fall of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, and has become, perhaps, the most successful German book of recent decades. The book has been translated into more than thirty languages, with a cumulative circulation of millions. The "Reader" entered the curriculum of German gymnasiums unusually quickly. It is this work that applicants often prefer when choosing a topic for examination essays. The American edition of the novel topped the US bestseller lists. Even the Nobel laureates Hesse, Böll and Grasse did not get such popularity.  Bernhard Schlink .  [u] Bibliography: [/ u] Gordian knot (1988) Reader (1995) Girl with a lizard (2000) Lover (2000) Son (2004) Sweet peas (2004) Circumcision (2004) Treason ( 2004) Woman from the gas station (2004) Return (2006) Another man (2006) (collection of 7 stories, reprint of "Lover") Three days (2010) Justice Zelba (2010) Cheating Zelba (2011) Farewell Zelba (2011) Summer deceptions (2012) Screen adaptation: "Another man" (2008) "Reader" (2008)