A mesmeric collection of stories about love. In his characteristically unsentimental , elegant and spare prose, Schlink unveils characters and relationships. THE characters in ”Flights of Love,” Bernhard Schlink’s first collection of stories, are not the kind of men you expect to be defined by love, much. Flights of Love Bernhard Schlink, trans John E Woods pp, Weidenfeld, £ Beneath Black Stars: Contemporary Austrian Fiction.

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Circumcision was probably my favourite out of the 7 stories. 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. I was at first attracted by Schlink’s calm, clear prose. Already an enormous success in the author’s native Germany, Flights of Love is certain fkights be celebrated, discussed, read and re-read.

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Schlink’s latest volume of stories, Flights of Love, together with Martin Chalmers’s richly varied Austrian anthology, Beneath Black Stars, suggest that the legacy of the Third Reich still haunts German-language literature.

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In “Girl With a Lizard”, a boy’s curiosity about a mysterious painting in his father’s possession leads him to question his wartime role. Here his subject is not history but the heart itself, and with the forensic delicacy of a master he lays bare the essence of our feelings. I really liked Schlink’s dry writing style in The Reader, where you had a whole book to learn about the characters and like them. His career as a writer began with several detective novels with a main character named Selb–a play on the German word for “sel Bernhard Schlink is a German jurist and writer.


Why do people do this? Honestly I had my doubts when I started reading it as the story would go on with details but then the ending was not so dramatic or stunning as you usually get in fiction. C’est un recueil de nouvelles. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Flights of Love by Bernhard Schlink

Not everyone has happy endings or dramatic stunning ones. Thanks for telling us about the problem. It shouldn’t’ve taken me almost 3 weeks to read a page book when if I really like a story I can re I really liked Schlink’s dry writing style in The Reader, where you had a whole book to learn about the characters and like them.

And not just history history, but the characters’ individual histories, everything they might have experienced up until these snapshots are revealed. Schlink extends his range, with moderate success, to relations between east and west, or between men and women. Sounds simple, but the way Schlink uses this tool to alter his characters reaction to not only each other but to everyone and everything in their lives is touching and rings true. J’adore les nouvelles, mais vraiment.

Dec 18, Pages. His latest novel, OLGA, was a 1 xchlink internationally and will be published in The penalties of love, and the lack of it, are paid by spouses, lovers, children. Please try again later.


Bernhard Schlink is a German jurist and writer. He became a judge at the Constitutional Court of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia in and has been a professor of public law and the philosophy of law at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany since January It didn’t seem like the two of them were going to reach a common ground.


The writer’s mastery of form, concise yet thorough probing of character, and concern with the moral implications of human behavior are again in evidence in these seven gripping stories. Sad but worth the agony. I would recommend this to those looking for a quick read about love.

As Chalmers points bernhrad, postwar Austria has produced a plethora of exceptional writers, from Thomas Bernhard and Peter Handke to Ingeborg Bachmann and Jelinek – who drew belated attention here through Michael Haneke’s film of her disquieting erotic novel, The Piano Teacher Life simply goes on. The last story, “The Woman at the Gas Station” was particularly poignant to me, and left me thinking about marriages You never forget them and your love remains. For some, in the end, it all falters; the anger tightens and weakly breaks.

Not my favorite of Schlink’s work – long short stories, very bleak.