Bernhard Schlink, Author of Bestseller The Reader, Presents His New Novel The Woman on the Stairs
Monday, March 20, 2 p.m. at SDSU’s Donald P. Shiley BioScience Center, Gold Auditorium
Free and open to the public.
Bernhard Schlink will speak about his latest novel, The Woman on the Stairs, a powerful exploration of obsession, creativity, and love. Alternating between West Germany in the late 1960s—the era of the student movement, anti-Vietnam War protests, violent domestic terrorist attacks—and contemporary Australia, the novel plots alternate pathways into the present rooted in the same turbulent moment in time. As in his other novels, Schlink’s background as a former constitutional court justice and a legal scholar informs not only the clarity and incisiveness of his poetic language, but also the moral questions he raises. Schlink teaches law and legal philosophy at Humboldt University in Berlin and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. He is best known for his 1995 novel The Reader, a story of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of postwar Germany. It became the first German novel to reach #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. The 2008 film adaptation was nominated for five Academy Awards.