BERNHARD SCHLINK FLIGHTS OF LOVE PDF

Schlink's The Reader was a surprise bestseller on these shores, discovered by Oprah and established by word of mouth. The writer's mastery of form, concise yet thorough probing of character, and concern with the moral implications of human behavior are again in evidence in these seven gripping stories. German men are protagonists in each of them, with some traits in common: a need for order, efficiency, respectability and righteousness, and a difficulty in expressing emotion. While the settings are mainly in Germany, two stories take place in North America and one in an unnamed South American country. Though love is the common emotion in each, not a trace of sentimentality mars the tensile energy of the narratives.

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Schlink's The Reader was a surprise bestseller on these shores, discovered by Oprah and established by word of mouth. The writer's mastery of form, concise yet thorough probing of character, and concern with the moral implications of human behavior are again in evidence in these seven gripping stories.

German men are protagonists in each of them, with some traits in common: a need for order, efficiency, respectability and righteousness, and a difficulty in expressing emotion. While the settings are mainly in Germany, two stories take place in North America and one in an unnamed South American country.

Though love is the common emotion in each, not a trace of sentimentality mars the tensile energy of the narratives. Instead, Schlink examines the wounds inflicted by history and bitterness, jealousy and regret, neglect and repressed emotions. The penalties of love, and the lack of it, are paid by spouses, lovers, children. The shadow of the Holocaust prevents a man from experiencing love in "Girl with Lizard" and bewilders another young man in "The Circumcision," whose title threatens to remove suspense, but Schlink adds a quietly devastating twist at the end.

Despite Schlink's matter-of-fact depiction of events, "The Other Man" and "Sugar Peas" can test credibility, but both stories are anchored in such strikingly portrayed characters that the reader's trust remains strong.

The clarity of Schlink's vision and the calm eloquence with which it's expressed make these tales classics of their genre. First serial to the New Yorker.

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History's nightmare

Reading Guide. Bernhard Schlink brings to these seven superbly crafted stories the same sleek concision and moral acuity that made The Reader an international bestseller. His characters—men with importunate appetites and unfortunate habits of deception—are uneasily suspended between the desire for love and the impulse toward flight. The friendship between a West Berliner and an idealistic young couple from the East founders amid the prosperity and revelations that follow the collapse of communism. An acrobatic philanderer one wife and two mistresses, all apparently quite happy begins to crack under the weight of his abundance. By turns brooding and comic, and filled with the suspense that comes from the inexorable unfolding of character, Flights of Love is nothing less than masterful. He is a former judge and teaches public law and legal philosophy at Humboldt University of Berlin and at the Benjamin N.

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Bernhard Schlink: Liebesfluchten (Flights of Love)

The anointment by Oprah Winfrey of Bernhard Schlink's previous novel, The Reader, offered yet more proof to timid publishers that translation is no barrier to bestseller status. Through a teenager's love for an older woman, later convicted for her past as a concentration camp guard, The Reader dramatised the painful ambivalence towards Germany's wartime generation felt by its postwar progeny. Schlink's latest volume of stories, Flights of Love, together with Martin Chalmers's richly varied Austrian anthology, Beneath Black Stars, suggest that the legacy of the Third Reich still haunts German-language literature. Yet while Schlink's stories betray a shallow glibness, the Austrian selection proves more challenging and worthwhile. What connects Schlink's seven pieces is less the love of the title than the guilt, shame and mistrust that afflict would-be lovers. In "Girl With a Lizard", a boy's curiosity about a mysterious painting in his father's possession leads him to question his wartime role.

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