Vintage International

Flights of Love

Stories

Publisher: Vintage
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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Girl With Lizard

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It was a painting of a girl with a lizard. They were looking at each other and not looking at each other, the girl gazing dreamily toward the lizard, the lizard directing its vacant, glistening eyes toward the girl. Because the girl's thoughts were somewhere else, she was holding so still...
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READING GUIDE

"Intimate, smart, powerful. . . . As memorable as The Reader. . . . Dazzling." —The Washington Post Book World

The questions, discussion topics, and author biography in this guide are intended to enhance your group’s discussion of Bernhard Schlink’s new collection of stories...
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PRAISE FOR

“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