Author(s): Bernhard Schlink
As a child raised by his mother in post-war Germany, Peter Debauer becomes fascinated by a story he discovers in the proof pages of a novel edited by his grandparents. It is the tale of a German prisoner of war who escapes from a Russian camp and braves countless dangers to return home to a wife who believes him to be dead. But the novel is incomplete and Peter becomes obsessed by the question of what happened when the soldier and his wife met again. Years later, the adult Peter remembers the novel and embarks on a search for the missing pages that soon becomes a mysterious search for his own father, a German soldier whom he always believed was killed in the war.
A powerful novel from the bestselling author of THE READER THE READER was an international bestseller, translated into 39 languages and winner of several international prizes. It has sold over 350,000 copies to date in the UK. The film is due for release in 2008 starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes. HOMECOMING has received fantastic reviews: 'Very readable. Schlink has put together a clever package and skilfully guides the reader through modern German history' Sunday Telegraph 'It is precisely with his nuanced portraits of minor characters... that Schlink truly succeeds' TLS 'Schlink is an accomplished and intelligent writer whose literary prose reads as well as well as the crime thrillers of which he is an acknowledged master' Evening Standard 'An engaging writer... a brave attempt at confronting Germany's stained past and uncertain identity' Daily Telegraph 'Another quietly engrossing and ambitious tale... intellectually challenging, but pacily written... I know of no other writer who engages with the struggle between the individual and the political world as deftly - and poetically - as Bernhard Schlink' The Herald
"An even deeper mystery unravels in this compelling tale that addresses Germany's troubled history, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the challenges facing a country that's still very much divided" SHE 'Schlink's book of longing remains both stylish and intelligent' OBSERVER 'a book of disarming honesty and insight' GOOD BOOK GUIDE
Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany in 1944. A professor of law at the University of Berlin and a practising judge, he is the author of the major international bestselling novel THE READER as well as several prize-winning crime novels. He lives in Bonn and Berlin.