Flights of Love by Bernhard Schlink

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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.
A young boy’s fascination with an eerily erotic painting gradually leads him into the labyrinth of his family’s secrets. 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

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About Bernhard Schlink

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Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany. He is the author of the internationally best-selling novel The Reader, which was an Oprah's Book Club selection. He lives in Bonn and Berlin.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 320 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And, at times, he works with a concision and suggestiveness that vibrate with thematic possibility: notably in “The Woman at the Gas Station,” whose middle-aged protagonist discovers, during a hopeful “second honeymoon” trip with the wife from whom he has grown estranged, that a recurring romanti...

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The characters in ''Flights of Love,'' Bernhard Schlink's first collection of stories, are not the kind of men you expect to be defined by love, much less transported by it.

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Flights of Love Bernhard Schlink, trans John E Woods 341pp, Weidenfeld, £12.99 Beneath Black Stars: Contemporary Austrian Fiction ed Martin Chalmers 241pp, Serpent's Tail, £9 The anointment by Oprah Winfrey of Bernhard Schlink's previous novel, The Reader, offered yet m...

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London Review of Books

Hanna is lovable, capable of arousing the full passion of first love, of raising the pitch of life to memorable joy.

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