Homecoming by Bernhard Schlink
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Growing up with his mother in Germany, Peter Debauer knows little about his father, an apparent victim of the Second World War. But when he stumbles upon a few pages from a long-lost novel, Peter embarks on a quest that leads him across Europe to the United States, chasing fragments of a story within a story and a master of disguises who may or may not exist. Homecoming is a tale of fathers and sons, men and women, war and peace. It reveals the humanity that survives the trauma of war and the ongoing possibility for redemption.


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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 January 8, 2008 by Vintage. 274 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A moving scene in which young Peter realizes that his grandparents are preparing for their deaths, and a stinging conversation with his mother (who does not want to remember the past), are deftly counterpointed against thematically ironic use of Nazi history and the later destruction of the Berli...

Nov 15 2007 | Read Full Review of Homecoming: A novel

The New York Times

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Bernhard Schlink and Pascal Mercier wrestle with the repercussions of a previous generation’s tyrannical regime.

Jan 13 2008 | Read Full Review of Homecoming: A novel

The Guardian

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Homecoming by Bernhard Schlink Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Modelled on The Odyssey, this latest novel by the author of The Reader...

Mar 29 2009 | Read Full Review of Homecoming: A novel

The Guardian

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Homecoming by Bernhard Schlink, translated by Michael Henry Heim 260pp, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £14.99 Over a decade ago, a law professor, judge and author of detective fiction called Bernhard Schlink turned his attention to the subject of postwar guilt.

Jan 26 2008 | Read Full Review of Homecoming: A novel

BC Books

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A convoluted tale of wishing and longing, of war and peace, of deconstruction and reconstruction, of family and fable.

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Presumably this is done to demonstrate the intense immersion into deconstructionism that the narrator himself is going through – “the separation of a text from what the author meant it to say and its transformation into what the reader makes of it” – but it is disorienting, and a relief when the ...

Apr 28 2009 | Read Full Review of Homecoming: A novel

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Peter is able to read only a portion of this book and becomes obsessed with learning how the novel ends.

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Entertainment Weekly

However intriguing the premise of Homecoming, German judge-cum-writer Bernhard Schlink (whose '97 novel, The Reader, was an Oprah-approved best-seller) delivers a bumpy narrative that is weakened by plot implausibilities and forced allusions to The Odyssey, Hannah Arendt, and the philosophy of ...

Jan 11 2008 | Read Full Review of Homecoming: A novel

San Francisco Chronicle

During summers spent in Switzerland with his paternal grandparents, young Peter Debauer delighted in the play of light on water.

Dec 18 2007 | Read Full Review of Homecoming: A novel

London Review of Books

For many readers of de Man, this essay is at once his attempt to deal with his wartime years as a journalist on Le Soir, and an explanation – some will say excuse – for his decision not to speak out: ‘I have found,’ de Man cites Rousseau, ‘there to be actual instances in which truth can be withhe...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Homecoming ruminates on guilt, justice, history, identity, and evil, and it uses the idea of homecoming to chart Peter’s journey toward truth and love.

Jan 31 2008 | Read Full Review of Homecoming: A novel

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