Flights of Love: Stories (Paperback)
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.
About the Author
Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany. He is the author of the internationally bestselling novel "The Reader," as well as four prize-winning crime novels-"The Gordian Knot," "Self's Fraud," "Self's Punishment," and "Self Slaughter"--that are currently being translated into English. He lives in Bonn and Berlin.
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“Intimate, smart, powerful. . . . As memorable as The Reader. . . . Dazzling.” –The Washington Post
“Powerful. . . .Elegantly constructed. . . . Schlink is possessed with a coolly direct manner of interrogating the confused motives of the human heart.” –The New York Times Book Review
“[An] outstanding collection.” –The Wall Street Journal
“Riveting. . . . Mature and disturbing.” –Los Angeles Times