The Woman on the Stairs: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 14, 2017 - Fiction - 240 pages
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In a museum far from home a man stumbles onto a painting of a woman for whom he once, long ago, risked everything and who then mysteriously disappeared from his life. 

As a young lawyer, the nameless protagonist of The Woman on the Stairs became entangled in the affairs of three people mired in a complex and destructive relationship. An artist, the woman whose portrait he had painted, and her husband became a triangle that drew the lawyer deeper and deeper into their tangled web. Now, encountering the painting that triggered it all, the lawyer must reconcile his past and present selves; when he eventually locates the woman, he is forced to confront the truth of his love and the reality that his life has been irrevocably changed. 

With The Woman on the Stairs, the internationally acclaimed author of The Reader delivers a powerful new novel about obsession, creativity, and love. Intricately crafted, poignant, and beguiling, this is Bernhard Schlink writing at his peak.
 

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The unnamed narrator of Bernhard Schlink’s novel The Woman on the Stairs operates at a safe distance from his feelings. In fact, he has been so successful at keeping his emotions in check that he ... Read full review

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User Review  - seeword - LibraryThing

The story starts in Germany with a painting, three obsessed men, and a woman (the model for the painting). The model's husband owns the painting, the artist steals the wife, and the third man is a ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
5
Section 3
7
Section 4
10
Section 5
12
Section 6
14
Section 7
17
Section 8
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
155
Section 20
159
Section 21
161
Section 22
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
90
Section 23
167
Section 24
170
Section 25
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Section 26
176
Section 27
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Bernhard Schlink is the author of the internationally best-selling novel The Reader. He is a former judge and teaches public law and legal philosophy at Humboldt University of Berlin and at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City.

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