The Weekend by Bernhard Schlink
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Old friends and lovers reunite for a weekend in a secluded country home after spending decades apart.
 
They excavate old memories and pass clandestine judgments on the wildly divergent paths they’ve taken since their youth. But this isn’t just any reunion, and their conversations about the old days aren’t your typical reminiscences: After twenty-four years, Jörg, a convicted murderer and terrorist, has been released from prison. The announcement of his pardon will send shock waves through the country, but before the announcement, his friends—some of whom were Baader-Meinhof sympathizers or those who clung to them—gather for his first weekend of freedom. They have been summoned by Jörg’s devoted sister, Christiane, whose concern for her brother’s safety is matched only by the unrelenting zeal of Marko, a young man intent on having Jörg continue to fight for the cause.
 
Bernhard Schlink is at his finest as The Weekend unfolds. Passions are pitted against pragmatism, ideas against actions, and hopes against heartbreaking realities.


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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 October 12, 2010 by Vintage. 226 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She spends the weekend writing a novel within the novel concerning this possibility, constructing a narrative that “she couldn’t research, but had to fantasize.” Jörg finds himself in a tug of war between a younger radical who wants him to issue an unrepentant proclamation and a lawyer who wants ...

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Schlink’s latest novel, about a pardoned German political terrorist and his old friends and comrades discussing life, sex, growing up and the German past, during a country house weekend, is again an earnest effort to combine high seriousness with literary appeal.

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The Washington Post

In her re-creation of a comrade who committed suicide - or was abducted or just ran away - fact and fiction merge.

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The Telegraph

The characters include Jörg’s sister, her recent friend Margarete, a journalist named Henner, a rich businessman and his family, and Ilse, an aspiring writer who finds solace in imagining that her husband, who killed himself, faked his death to become a fugitive terrorist.

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The Telegraph

The Weekend by Bernhard Schlink It asks to be seen as a sequel to The Reader, Schlink’s best-known book;

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San Francisco Chronicle

She imagines him in the World Trade Center on 9/11, and the scene - simple, unsentimental and horrifying - grants the sort of insight into the mind-set of men like Jörg that we have been longing for all along.

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Express

WHEN Christiane’s brother is suddenly pardoned for his crimes and released from prison she takes him back to her country house where she has planned a weekend with his friends of yesteryear.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

"Listening to Christiane and her friends talk about the RAF and Germany's autumn of terror and the pardoning of terrorists, time and again Margarete had the sense of something sick, a subject in which people were talking about a sickness that had afflicted the terrorists back then and was now aff...

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Denver Post

German writer Bernhard Schlink, born in 1944 shortly before the Nazi defeat, has spent much of his adult life trying to come to terms with the horrifying legacy of his parent's generation.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Christiane believes Jörg can change his life and become something separate from his past.

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The New Zealand Herald

It's especially true after a party's loss of office and having to lead the charge with no one… An expressway north of Wellington has been given draft resource consent, paving the way for the start of construction on the road later this year.New Zealand Transport… Small Business Graham McGr...

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Metro

Bernhard Schlink, who attempted to grapple with Nazi crimes in The Reader, again addresses the ghosts of German history.

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TODAY'S ZAMAN

We spend a little time inside each guest’s head -- learning how they feel about Jorg and why they think they were invited for the weekend.

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