April 8, 2002
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Bernhard Schlink, the author of The Reader (1995) and Flights of Love (2000), will read from his works on Tuesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium at Amherst College. The reading, conducted in English, will be free and open to the public.

Born in Bielefeld, Germany, in 1944, Schlink studied law at the Universität Heidelberg and the Freie Universität Berlin. He taught law at universities in Bonn and Frankfurt am Main and at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin. Since 1988 he has been a justice of the constitutional court in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Schlink began his writing career as a popular detective novelist, dealing with criminal culpability. But with Der Vorleser (The Reader) in 1995, a novel about a young German man who must confront the Nazi past, Schlink began to consider a more serious kind of guilt, and became an international bestseller. Reviewing The Reader in The New York Times, Richard Bernstein called it “arresting, philosophically elegant, morally complex.”

Schlink’s lecture at Amherst College is sponsored by the departments of German and law, jurisprudence and social thought, the European studies program and the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series and Fund. His visit to the Five College Consortium is sponsored by the departments of German at Smith and Mount Holyoke Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, the School of Social Sciences at Hampshire College, and the Five College Lecture Fund.